The Liveblog by GingerMantra.
I wore my trisuit to show that even though it's not the most flattering garment, it's a very practical one. I also wanted to demonstrate how I keep track of my swim goggles and cap before the race. I did put my jacket back on shortly after the photo above was snapped because I'm not immune to feeling self-conscious in spandex, but for the race itself, I don't think about how I look. I had my Enell bra under the trisuit, and I wear it for all of my runs and races -- managing the jiggle is very important.
There were a lot of experienced triathletes in the session in addition to some newbies. Unbeknownst to me, a Team USA duathlete was in the session. She mentioned that she won a race, but I didn't know what race it was -- maybe I should have asked?
I have posted some resources to the Pinterest board above and would love suggestions on what other resources would be useful.
Swim: Practice, practice, practice. Find a master's swim group if you can. Join a local triathlon club so you can train in open water -- it's not safe to swim in open water alone. Practice as much as you can so you feel confident.
Bike: Train and race on whatever bike you have for your first race. Spin classes are also good for bike training. IF you are going to buy a bike, buy a road bike. Get fitted at a local bike shop. Don't buy a hybrid or mountain bike just for a triathlon -- you will be disappointed when everyone passes you. Consider toe cages or clipless pedals (which is confusing because you "clip in") to add power to your bike leg.
Run: It's totally okay to walk all or part of the run segment. Smile at other runners when you need a lift -- most will smile back.
Overall: Have fun. Especially for your first race, don't worry too much about your time. No matter how slow or fast you are, you are a triathlete. You can always improve for your next race.