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My First Triathlon: A Shopping Spree- This Is Not A Gear Guide!

Since I already had sneakers and an iPod for the running part, I decided to go shopping for a bike and swimming gear. So naturally, I went to Wal-Mart because I didn’t know if I even liked biking and I figured if I didn’t, then at least I wouldn’t have wasted my money on an expensive aerodynamic carbon fiber titanium bicycle… whatever that was.

So I browsed the row of beach cruisers and kids bikes with streamers on the handles and finally found the one and only road bike. It looked un-natural and uncomfortable. I didn’t even know if I could balance on a bike while leaning forward like its design suggested. And I cringed at the thought of resting my tush on such a small, hard seat. Plus, the bike was blue. A blue men’s bike. I figured it was probably no different then a woman’s bike, so for $150 and some change, I had myself a new blue men’s bike. At least it was shiny.

Next stop was the accessory isle. If I was forced into buying a boy’s bike, then at least I could add a feminine touch.

I bought a pretty silver helmet to match the sliver spokes of the wheel. I also bought a cute little pouch that was supposed to rest under the seat and hold tools for changing my tire if it popped. I didn’t think I would ever get a flat tire, but just in case, I wanted to be prepared.

I also bought a speedometer and a seat cushion. Did having a seat cushion make me a wimp? Maybe, but who cares. I was obviously not a star triathlete.

Read on about my first triathlon: Sink or swim



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Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →