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Hi...I am very new to triathlon, well actually to any sport. Did a try-a-tri in September 09 and caught the bug. Not sure at this point what the end goal is....just enjoying the ride!

Cycled 30km for the 1st time!

Trevervaby TrevervaJun 11th 2010
Last night I ventured out with the club for my first offical bike training session. The session was labeled for beginners and intermediate and as a complete rookie I figured I was in the right place. Of the 15 or so people who showed up I was the only one with egg-beaters for pedals and a bike under $500. Quite an auspicious start!

Then, the coach and another of the group are doing the Lake Placid Ironman in six-weeks so that gives you some idea of where I stand in the grand scheme of things. Now I was feeling completely out of place. Add to that I had never cycled on Canadian roads before (originally I am from the UK and used to cycle around London but that was many many years ago and I was invincible back then, lol). We set off single file and I really wanted to just go home at this point.

Coach said he would lead out and another person voluntered to keep the rear (I did tell her that she could just leave me behind but she seemed to want to stay with me). Well, not long into this I am huffing and puffing like there is no tomorrow and soon there is an ever increasing gap between myself and the rest of the group other than the lady who is behind me (by the way she is the other person doing the Ironman in six-weeks).

She started yelling out simple instructions for me to tell me when to gear up or down and what to do with my self! She then suggested that I pull off to catch my breath and get some more instruction. It began with learning how to put my helmet on properly and then a quick lesson in gears along with some rules. I am to stay in my middle ring for at least the next month until I get more experience and practice.

We did eventually catch up with the rest of the group and they began their 8km curcuits up and down the rolling hills of the subdivision we were now at. Leanne gave me instructions to go out on the circuit and concentrate only on using the 8 gears that function on the middle ring and that as soon as the first of the group came back I was to turn around and head back to the rest area. I did this three times and each time it got easier and I got a little further up the road.

We then headed back out to the main road and back to Tim Horton's (anyone who has ever been to Canada will know that Timmie's is an iconic coffee location that the entire country seems to function around). My ride back out was so much better than my ride in. At the end of the session (an hour and a half in total) I had cycled 30km for the first time in my life! What a thrill. I will definately go again next week and get out this weekend by myself to practice my new skills.
cranmereby member: cranmere, Jun 12th 2010 13:19
Good for you. I learned to ride a race bike in January and it's surprising how quickly you build up skill and distance with practice.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Jun 26th 2010 17:49
Awesome! You did well, I've been in that hanging off the end of a group many times, stick with it. Love the fact that you headed back to a coffee shop. As far as I'm concerned it's the treats at the end that get me out the door!
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