Re: bike shorts: when you start to feel uncomfortable, buy some! I had some tri-shorts (tiny fleece pad) when I first started out so I just wore those when I bought my road bike, but I invested in some cycling specific shorts when I started going on rides longer than 20 miles, due to the dreaded butt chafe / lady parts issues. IIRC Bert's Bikes had some very serviceable shorts on the clearance rack for about $5 - which is amazing. You could check that out the next time you head south to visit Dad, or you could look at something like the outlet section on the REI website. There are usually several good options in the $30 - to $40 range there (which is a big deal, since these things are often $60 and up, all the way to hundreds of dollars). Also consider mountain bike shorts. They look like normal shorts but have the pad inside. How long are your rides now? Do you feel any discomfort, or is what you're doing fine so far? 1697 days ago
Another tri??? Yes please! Might I recommend Timberman in Gilford NH on the thir weekend in August? I plan to do the half-iron there because it falls on my school break. They have a companion sprint (I think the day before?) and everyone loves the course and the venue. We're going to camp at the mountain resort nearby, and they have zip line tours of the mountain! So fun! DO TIMBERMAN! 1698 days ago
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