In attempting to do my very first triathlon, I am not expecting to really ‘fit in’ with the usual triathlete mob. I currently have no intention of joining a triathlon club or anything like that. I am not the right size, shape, level of ability, level of dedication… And I like training at my own pace and doing my own thing anyway, so being a lone wolf suits me quite well.
However, as I proudly announce to people that I am now the owner of a road bike, I am surprised by the number of offers I get to go on training rides with other riders. I get the impression that it is ‘the done thing’ in cycling world; you go on rides, next to each other. I can only assume that there is a national shortage of willing participants if they are asking me to tag along – I mean, some of these fools have read this blog; they know what they’re dealing with.