Well, I finished my first sprint triathlon in Fort Collins, CO this past Sunday, and I'm hooked. Awful transition 1 of 3:46 - I might as well have showered and read the Sunday paper! Mostly because I forgot to untie my bike shoe laces and had to undo a knot. I can't wait for the next one (hopefully in august).
I biked using my converted 10 yr old Trek 8000 mtn bike with slicks. Of course, I need to work on my bike time (40:31)- and I now have the inevitable question - should I purchase a road or a tri bike? I've read a lot of articles on the differences in geometry. The advantages I see to tri bikes (from what I've read) is the comfortable position (back) and the use of the same muscles as the run (less pain on the transition to the run). Is this really true? I don't plan on riding in a pack or drafting off anyone - what are some of the other adavntages to road over tri? Price sure seems to be the main one.
Thanks much, and I'm excited to join the community.