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    After completing my first half marathon a month ago, I have decided to do a Triathlon. The problem is I am a complete novice!
    After a bit of researching, there are many different types of Triathlons and I think I will be doing the "Olympic Style" which is 1.5km Swim, 45km Bike and 10k Run. Obviously I will need to train for this, but I have a few questions.

    The cost of a triathlon seems to mount up to a lot! What are the bare necessities for an amateur? With regards to the swim, will I need to invest in a wetsuit? Or will just a pair of swimming shorts suffice?

    I have an old bike, but its cheap as chips and a bit rusty. I reckon I could push the boat out and get a cheap, second hand road bike for about £200-250 after looking on ebay. Will this be okay? I dont really understand the transition from swim to bike...

    The run I will be fine with.

    Clearly I am a Triathlon novice, and any tips, advice on the event/training will be appreciated!
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    (Original post by DelBoy12)
    After completing my first half marathon a month ago, I have decided to do a Triathlon. The problem is I am a complete novice!
    After a bit of researching, there are many different types of Triathlons and I think I will be doing the "Olympic Style" which is 1.5km Swim, 45km Bike and 10k Run. Obviously I will need to train for this, but I have a few questions.

    The cost of a triathlon seems to mount up to a lot! What are the bare necessities for an amateur? With regards to the swim, will I need to invest in a wetsuit? Or will just a pair of swimming shorts suffice?

    I have an old bike, but its cheap as chips and a bit rusty. I reckon I could push the boat out and get a cheap, second hand road bike for about £200-250 after looking on ebay. Will this be okay? I dont really understand the transition from swim to bike...

    The run I will be fine with.

    Clearly I am a Triathlon novice, and any tips, advice on the event/training will be appreciated!
    There are plenty of triathlons which use indoor pools, so if you find one of those you won't need a wetsuit.

    The transition from swim to bike depends on the triathlon, some outdoor ones you will exit the lake, run to your bike, jump on and go. Some indoor ones have set transition times.
    I'd advise getting a bike that isn't rusty and horrible, you spend a lot of time on the bike training, so it has to work reasonably well.

    £200 seems ok for a bike. Go Outdoors currently have some cheap roadies.
    http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/diamondb...t-700c-p200793


    If you get very serious about triathlons, you will probably end up with a tri bike, which have slightly different seat angles, and help save the legs for the run.
 
 
 
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