What kind of equipment do I need?
THE “STARTER” PACK INCLUDES: a wetsuit (if you’ll be in cold water), goggles, a bike, running shoes, a helmet, tri shorts, a tri suit or something you can comfortably race in.
YOU DEFINITELY DON’T NEED A TRI BIKE. In fact, I wouldn’t suggest most beginners get one. Borrow a bike or use what you have. If you want to invest in a bike, I think getting a road bike is the way to go. It will be much more useable in your day to day life. Wearing running shoes on your bike is totally OK. It’s an expensive sport if you let it be, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many shorter races that are geared towards beginners – find one that works for you.
GET A ROAD BIKE, WETSUIT AND READ THE RULES. That’s all you need. The best thing that anyone has told me is not to worry about what other people are doing or wearing, focus just on you. I did a sprint for my first triathlon to see if I would like it. It seemed fun.
YOU WANT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE ON YOUR SADDLE. Comfortable miles are fast miles. Get a bike fit and spend enough time on the bike to know you can hold your form for the length of your ride.