Hey DB, well done! It just gives you something to beat in your next one...and all that mental toughness is what you should be proud of.
It's the MS150 over here. Cycle from Houston to Austin over two days. Recently I've been seeing some really posh bikes. One of my mates suggested I surf cragslist next week as everyone will be selling their bikes...should be able to get a bargain.
ooh...I did a 10K at the weekend...it was sponsored by an icecream company so free icecream was the driver...it turns out that there are hilly bits in Texas. I've had 6 months of running on the flat and mocking the locals about how more difficult it is in Scotland. It seems that I now have lost my hill running legs and I suffered along with the locals.
In my first tri, I just wore tri shorts to swim in, and once out of the pool I pulled my running top on, but as it's a bit baggy it wasn't that difficult. I put some talc in my socks/trainers to help with putting them on too. If you have a tight tri top, you can wear it in the pool and there is less to do in transition. I have seen folk change out of their swimming trunks in to cycling kit, but this wastes time. Just get your kit on, put your helmet on, carry/push your bike to the mount line and get on with it. No riding in transition. Put your helmet on before you touch your bike.
As I'm a bit sad, I actually practiced this in the bathroom. I stepped under the shower, then stepped out and tried putting my kit on.
It's all a bit of fun, don't get hung up over it on your first tri. After a couple you'll be worrying about taking 86 seconds in transition, but this time just relax and enjoy it. Oh, and don't put your helmet on before you try to put your top on...I've seen it done.
Hey, I was last out of the pool too...perhaps we all need to race together to who really is the slowest!
You'll overtake folk on the bike and run. If you pass anyone with gels taped to their carbon road bike, I find it helpful to mention that its your first tri, your bike didn't cost £2k and give them a little wave as you leave them behind.
yeah, I agree, get a second hand road bike...and when gossiping in transition make a note of telling folk how cheap it was...and then as you ride passed them on the bike leg, you just ask them to remind you how much their bike was...;-) it's good motivation as they try to over take you...I did my first sprint tri on a mountain bike and then bought a second hand road bike for 100 quid.
The big thing is to enjoy it. It's a bit of a laugh. If you can run a marathon, you'll smash the tri.
Oh, and you then need to write a long description (humorous) on here of your efforts. Just check out the training for the short tri thread for inspiration.