How it all started - Cykel Rack

How it all started

Almost a decade ago, 9 years to be precise, I completed my first 70.3 Ironman at Cozumel. Recently when going through my shirts drawer, I came across my "Metlife Ironman 70.3 Cozumel" finisher shirt which immediately triggered thousands of feelings in my mind and body.

This might sound familiar to those of you who have trained for an event like this and for those of you that haven't, but are reading this post, im sure you are in your way for it.

For me, the biggest concern was finding the right bicycle. I have to say that in my case, I was already running, 5k and 10k races mainly, and swimming 2 or 3 times per week. These two came with some unique challenges even when I had the previous exposure, but starting from cero like it was for me with the bike was so unnatural to the point I felt embarrassed to even ask how to begin.

Starting on this journey is overwhelming, I know it was for me. So how do you get started? Well it all depends. It depends on budget, location, commute, availability, health, nutrition habits, and the list goes on and on.

I spent a lot of time and a good amount of money to get started. I got a bike from a relative at a very good price tag, nothing fancy and with no pedals, who would have thought pedals were so personal right? But they are.

This bike (aluminium, race bike) took me through my early days as a triathlete. This heavy aluminium race bike had no aero bars installed which for me was the norm as I didn't knew better. I then came to realize how many options there are in the market, how expensive it can be to get a new bicycle and lastly how much I was missing from not having one. 

My early days as an athlete started with some sprint distance competitions and quickly escalated to olympic distance and traveling the country looking for the next adventure. While doing so, I met very incredible athletes and people. The energy, the vibes were unique not to mention the adrenaline that came with each aspect of living this life.

Almost a year into the sport I made the decision to become a 70.3 Ironman. 

I still remember my first day training with a team on a long distance day.....long story short I had to jump on to the rescue van not to long after we started. At this point I was ready to quit.


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