I have been running a LOT lately, but have not been doing any triathlons at all, probably since 2010(?). I have not swam, well, maybe I did a few pool swims… I have not been on my bike forever. Now that I have been living in the Bay Area for a couple of years, I have made some friends whom I can probably seek help with getting back on my bike. But do I really want to tri again? I did say to myself, back in 2009 when I did my very first Olympic Distance tri, that I eventually want to do a 70.3 then full distance triathlon. What is holding me back? The bike.
I don’t have bike skills. I am scared as hell right now to get back on my bike. My new friend, Christina, took me out one time, but I didn’t want to get on my bike. I cried. We were on Canada Road., and she said, “Honey, let’s just go down one loop to Woodside and see how you feel.” Something like that. I felt a little embarrassed because there were other people there that I barely knew. I went and finally rode my bike. All 7 miles. Then I was done. You see, I was never a good bicyclist, and when I fell off my bike that one time in L.A., inside a tunnel, I think it was all different for me since then. I don’t know why it was that one incident that did it, it was not even a downhill road. Nonetheless, I am scared to get on my bike.
So I come back to my question. Can I tri again? My friends said that if I decide to do a 70.3 triathlon, I need to get bike shoes. That means I will be clipped onto my bike. Okay that got me more scared. I have a lot of work to do on my biking skills if I want to do triathlons again. I believe I can do it. When I first decided about triathlons, I didn’t know how to swim. So I took swim classes at my local community college, then I joined my local triathlon club. It seems like swimming came more naturally than biking. I am not a great swimmer, but I actually enjoy swimming. Well, let me take that back, I enjoy swimming in the pool, not the ocean!
Will I tri again? Yes I will! I just need to commit to working on my biking… After my big running races this year.