I did my first tri on a mountain bike. There's no two ways about it, it's gonna slow you down compared to even an entry level racing bike. For your first tri though, i wouldnt worry too much. The buzz of finishing will outweigh any dissapointment over slow times. And you'll absolutely murder your bike split when you do it next year on a better machine!
Buy my Trek Time Trial frame - it's just the frame obviously so probably won't go very fast without wheels n stuff, but.....its carbon so at least you'll look cool while stationary.
Jelly legs wrote:
i think your being hard on yourself If you are doing 4.5 min miles then thats 10 miles in 45 mins. Which is pretty good for an amatuer. The way i see it with times dont be overly concern about one element of the race. I dont know what distances your doing but. If you take a sprint 400 metres swim, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run roughly. 6-10 mins for the swim, 30-60 mins for the bike and 20-30 mins for the run.+ 2.5 mins for each transition. Even if you take the maximums times there you should still finish in about 1.45, which for a starter is good, you then have a base to build on, dont try and go for broke from your first tri, you will put to much pressure on yourself and end up giving up after one. You will be fine, remember you will go faster on the day, for sure.
I cycled 25k in the gym the other nite in 56 mins
I have gone from doing 13.1 mph on my mtb to 15.5 mph. My 4.5 min miles are now a hell of a lot quicker!
Great encouragement Bopomofo - just what is needed and so true!
I cant wait to get the number on my arm!! sounds daft but I am kind of hoping it wont wash off for a while then people can stop me and say "hey whys that on your arm" and I can tell em :-)))) [:D]