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Dear community,

My name is Ignacio, I am 25 years old from Chile (yes, where Ironman Pucon 70.3 takes place)

I want to start practicing triathlon and participate in some competitions in some months (8-10) in the categories sprint and olimpic.

In order to introduce my experience in this sport I can say I have never trained with a coach, so I do not have a good technique and I have been swimming for some months in a pool and in the last weeks in a lake, I have also been practicing MTB for some weeks but now I am planing to get the right equipment and start training as I should.

Regarding to my records on my watch I have this:

Swimming 2K: 42 minutes
Swimming 1K: 20 minutes
Running 5K: 26 minutes
Cycling: I have never used a road bike

I know those records are horrible, but that is why I am here, to get recommendations and get the right equipment.

By the way the equipment I have adquired is the following:

Swimming

Suit: Speedo Proton
Cap: Speedo Fastskin 3
Googles: Speedo Speedsocket 2.0
Watch: Garmin Forerunner 735xt

That is all I have now, but what I have been looking for is the following:

Running

Shoes: Asics Cumulus, Kayano 24, Kayano 25, Nimbus 20, Nimbus 21, New Balance 1400v6, 1500v5.

These are just some models I have found while reading, I can also find some brands like Under armour, Nike, Adidas, Skechers and some models from Hoka One, Mizuno, among others.

Cycling

Bicycle: Specialized Allez Sprint Disc (I have been looking for a road bike instead of a specific triathlon bike because of the distances I plan to do)
Helmet: Specialized Propero 3, Prevail 2
Shoes: Specialized trivent, torch 2.0

I had a good experience with this brand in my country, it has a good guarantee and I can get a discount if I get the bike and some extra equipment, but note that you can recommend me any other model that you consider good.

I must say that I prefer buy just one time instead of keep improving my equipment, it is hard to sell the equipment in my city so I prefer to invest in something that will last until I get enough experience.

I know my english is not as good as I want, but I am still learning, sorry about that.

Thanks in advance guys.
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Re: Recommendations to get started [Ignsaez] [ In reply to ]
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Congrats in jumping in!

I would recommend ASICS for shoes. They work well for me.

Specialized has also been a solid bike brand for me.

Sounds like you are on the right path, just need to get a road bike and get going.

Just one thought, are your roads safe around you for riding? Consider an indoor bike trainer for safety.

Ryan
http://www.SetThePaceTriathlon.com
http://www.TriathlonTrainingDaddy.com
Sample 70.3/140.6 Training Plans
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Re: Recommendations to get started [Ignsaez] [ In reply to ]
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Hi Ignacio,

lots of people will do a triathlon on a road bike and it is sometimes easier and safer to train on a road bike. But the reason you see Triathletes on TV race on road bikes is because they are in draft legal races. Most of us normal Triathletes take part in non-draft races. In non-draft races a triathlon bike is faster than a road bike most of the time.

Can you try a bike before you buy it. Most bike brands at the same price will be similar, it is more important to get the right size for you. Maybe you can get a bike fitting free or cheap when you buy the bike?

For running shoes do not buy by review or recommendation. Try them on, run on a tread mill in the shop if you can. Get something that is comfortable. If you can go to a specialist running shop where they can watch you run on a tread mill. If you can't do that maybe get what running shoes you had before if they were ok.

Maybe join a local club. People you get to know in person will be able to give you better advice than people on the internet (including me).

Your English is great.

Good luck.
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Re: Recommendations to get started [TriJayhawkRyan] [ In reply to ]
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TriJayhawkRyan wrote:
Congrats in jumping in!

I would recommend ASICS for shoes. They work well for me.

Specialized has also been a solid bike brand for me.

Sounds like you are on the right path, just need to get a road bike and get going.

Just one thought, are your roads safe around you for riding? Consider an indoor bike trainer for safety.

Thank you Ryan.

Roads here are not safe at all, we only have bikeways inside downtown, so it is impossible to train there, and main roads are not wide enough to ride so I must be really careful while riding, and generally car drivers are not respectful. I also have at least 4 rainy months and wet roads, so I will try to get an indoor trainer.
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Re: Recommendations to get started [OddSlug] [ In reply to ]
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OddSlug wrote:
Hi Ignacio,

lots of people will do a triathlon on a road bike and it is sometimes easier and safer to train on a road bike. But the reason you see Triathletes on TV race on road bikes is because they are in draft legal races. Most of us normal Triathletes take part in non-draft races. In non-draft races a triathlon bike is faster than a road bike most of the time.

Can you try a bike before you buy it. Most bike brands at the same price will be similar, it is more important to get the right size for you. Maybe you can get a bike fitting free or cheap when you buy the bike?

For running shoes do not buy by review or recommendation. Try them on, run on a tread mill in the shop if you can. Get something that is comfortable. If you can go to a specialist running shop where they can watch you run on a tread mill. If you can't do that maybe get what running shoes you had before if they were ok.

Maybe join a local club. People you get to know in person will be able to give you better advice than people on the internet (including me).

Your English is great.

Good luck.

Thank you OddSlug.

I know that I must put attention to the competition's rules about drafting.

Usually when you buy a new bike the bike fit is included as a gift, in this case for me is really important, because I need to learn about the position that I must have while riding, and sometimes I have the posibility to test the bikes, but only in a couples meters, and as I am not experienced I while not note the important differences between models.

It is the same for running shoes, I will try to go to one specialist store to learn about fitting and try some shoes.

On March I will join the triathlon team where I am swimming.
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Re: Recommendations to get started [Ignsaez] [ In reply to ]
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<I must say that I prefer buy just one time instead of keep improving my equipment>

Good luck with that :)
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Re: Recommendations to get started [MattyK] [ In reply to ]
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MattyK wrote:
<I must say that I prefer buy just one time instead of keep improving my equipment>

Good luck with that :)

Thanks, I know it is almost impossible but what I meant is to start with acceptable equipment.
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Re: Recommendations to get started [Ignsaez] [ In reply to ]
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If you have the budget, I highly recommend a smart trainer as well to get the most out of your indoor training!

Ryan
http://www.SetThePaceTriathlon.com
http://www.TriathlonTrainingDaddy.com
Sample 70.3/140.6 Training Plans
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