My first duathlon is 8 days away, and I still didn't have a bike until this morning. I guess that is technically not true - I took my mom's old mountain bike last summer for some training, but I wanted a "real" bike for racing. This morning I went to a local bike shop and bought a road bike. I've been wanting to get one for a year and knew that I wanted to race with it for my duathlon, and this morning was the first time I could really go and get it. It probably wasn't the smartest idea to wait until one week before a race to buy a bike that I have absolutely no experience using, but that is exactly what I did. Monday I don't have school so I'll be teaching myself how to ride on the bike so hopefully I'll do okay on Saturday. My favorite comments from the experience were:
"You look like you would be really fast on the bike based on your body type." Really? Because I always feel like the worlds slowest biker. Apparently tall, lean people are fast bikers? I always thought short people were faster bikers, generally speaking.
Have you ever bought a bike a week before a race? Do you think I'll be able to teach myself how to effectively ride in one day? If you have any tips for me, I'd be most appreciative!