Hey all, I am new to the sport and am looking for a bit of advice.
So here is the break down, I am not exactly a very fit guy, so I am picking this up as an objective to get me more fit, and improve my stamina before the ski season. I also hope to compete in an event or two in Michigan come September/October.
As for training, I have been reading the articles on the site and am working on shaping my own training program, and that isn't where the issue lies.
My problem is, gear. I just don't understand it. I have a 2007 Specialized Tricross Sport that I just bought new from a local bike shop. Now I am at the point of figuring out what kind of pedals, shoes, and other upgrades I need. Is there a distinct advantage, at the lowly level of a pure newb, to running pedals such as the Eggbeater SL? Or, for the early level of training am I fine in just normal (none clip in) pedals, and should be fine getting them in, say, late July/August, or even not getting them at all. Is there some resource explaining how these pedals work and what kind of shoe they are compatible with?
Other than that, is there anything you can think of that needs to be changed, or that I need to consider? Is it legal to wear hydration packs during the race?