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The dreaded peanut butter pedals

Six weeks before her she tackles her first triathlon, Adena Andrews gets outfitted with her first road bike. Among her first lessons: newbies should choose aluminum bikes; fit matters; and elite cyclists can be surprisingly snooty about color coordination.

Updated: February 4, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
By Adena Andrews

Our own Adena Andrews -- former swimmer and more recent couch potato -- is training for her first triathlon, to be held March 19 in South Carolina, and is blogging every proud, painful or demoralizing step along the way.

If you thought riding a bike was easy, you are severely underestimating this sport. There's nothing simple about riding a custom-designed manual transmission vehicle on two wheels. Operating the gears requires finesse, and the unit is built so intricately that ...

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