One of the biggest struggles I am finding as a new triathlete is figuring out how to afford all the stuff! Running was no big deal. Shoes are pricey but they are manageable even if you replace them every 3 months (like I do). Swimming is the cheapest of all three disciplines! But once you start adding in the bike…the game changes!
When I first started the tris I was nervous to invest in a bike (not to mention I didn’t have the cash lying around) because what if I was no good. What if I hated it. So I was lucky enough to get a hand-me-down from a running partner. The bike fit well, and was in great shape but was fairly old and not very upgradeable. I rode it for my first tri (a sprint) and it was fine. At that point I had decided I was in this for the long haul. I wanted to go for the grandaddy race eventually, a full Ironman, so I better get some better equipment.
I ended up buying a road bike, an 2010 Scott Speedster S30. Perfectly acceptable bike. Great bike. But no bells or whistles to speak of. I rode it for my next tri (and Olympic) and it was fine. I trained on it all fall and winter in my computraining classes and made some great progress. I used it for my first Half Ironman in April. But part of me can’t help but think, would having a true tri bike or TT bike help give me an edge or make me a little better?
I am possibly in the market to get the bike I want… It is a big purchase… It is a selfish purchase… But I feel I have proven myself in my commitment to triathlon and I deserve the bike. Hopefully I will be posting some pictures very soon…