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To be honest, BF is not the place to learn how to compete in triathlons. This subforum is rather, lacking. I am a 2nd season duathlete (not a very good swimmer) and I can tell you that you will need to get to a tri-specific website in order to gain technical knowledge. However, being that you've never done any type of tri training, reading uber amounts of information will only be daunting to you, if not demoralize you to the point of not even wanting to try. I think bullet pointing will be easier to explain some main pointers:
- triathlon - swim, bike run. best advice? well, get out there and swim, then bike, then run. The key element here is to do it all at one time and work on your transitions (from swimming to cycling and cycling to running). The more you can do all 3 activities in one shot, the better off you are.
- cycling - since you haven't cycled before, you will naturally ask what type of bike you should get. That information can be found here or on tri-specific sites. The best shorthand answer I can give you is that you need a triathlon specific bike. The difference between a tri-bike and a road bike is generally the seat tube angle (STA) being ~78* vs. 73*. What that only means to you is that it sets your body (and center of gravity) more forward on the bike. This uses different leg muscles and therefore produces more power. It also puts you in a more aero position.
- transitions - once you get good at all 3 activities at a time, you can work on improving your transitions. You'll understand more once you actually get out there and fumble a while between switching activities. There are a ton of techniques that you'll find, but don't worry about this for a while.
and i'll say it this again, since it is the most important. How do you get good at triathlons? SWIM, CYCLE, RUN. get out there and just do it. You will naturally learn how to do well in this sport by merely doing it. Then after you understand the basics, you can look to forums and such in order to enhance your technique.