My first triathlon is coming up in less than a week. I am both excited and nervous about this. I met someone on plenty of fish about 2 years ago, they peaked my interest in cycling. Shortly after that I purchased a new Orbea, fitted to me. I bought road shoes based on his advice. But have learned that I like to actually be able to get off the bike and walk like normal, so I bought some sport shoes recently.
After buying the bike and starting to ride a friend made the comment "the next thing you know, you will be doing triathlons" My first instinct was NO WAY. Of course, when I thought triathlon, I was thinking Iron Man. Being the inquisitive person I am, I started researching. The shortest triathlon is a sprint. This generally consists of a quarter to half mile swim, 14 mile bike ride and 5k. Needless to say the seed was planted.
I was a swimmer in high school, so I wasn't worried about that. But I had to commit to a gym in order to actually practice, that took awhile. So far the 5k will be my weakest area in that I am not running. 8 weeks of training and every time I do something I am faster, stronger. So really the goal is just to finish at this point.