When I started this whole thing- I was running 2-3 days a week about 2 or so miles each time. The tri is a 3 mile run. So clearly, I had work to do there. I now run 4-5 miles 2-3 days week. A friend called me a runner the other day. I laughed at him. I still don't consider myself a runner. I may not be fast, but I think I'll be OK even if running after riding a bike is still kind of crazy.
Back at the start of this, I was swimming on average once a week putting in around 2000 yds in the pool and training butterfly. The tri is a 500 yd open water swim. I wasn't worried about that. I have been training and I'm a little faster, so I am confident there.
But the cycling.. I hadn't been on a bike in 9 years. I didn't have a bike that worked. I was scared of riding a bike with a lot of people around me. So, clearly- the biking was a problem. I borrowed a bike from a friend. It was an awesome road bike with the kind of pedals that require you to clip your shoes into the pedals. I was afraid of those. So, I bought new pedals and started riding. Guess what, I really like this cycling thing. I bought a road bike a few weeks ago, it also has the clip on pedal things. I looked at shoes, couldn't find my size ordered them online. They have finally arrived. I tried it out and immediately decided that for this race in 2 1/2 weeks, I am sticking to having my feet mobile. I'll learn to use those fancy shoes and pedals when I am not in countdown mode. Safety first, right?
The current state of the biking is that it's getting better, but it is still the hardest part for me. I only have to go 12 miles, so I think I can do it. I hope
2 1/2 more weeks- cheer me on, please!