I am in about the exact same boat. I just picked up the Triathlon 101 book, and it looks pretty good.
I've just been on my first six-hour bike ride, averaging about a 75% estimated max heart-rate (that is including about five ten-minute breaks). I felt pretty good after the six-hours. This was on a $100, 26" Wall-Mart mountain Bike. I, too, am considering a road bike, but I am just getting over the $ sticker shock...
I hear road bikes are much faster than mountain bikes, but have yet to experience the difference first hand.
Last edited by RedWhiteBlue; 01-10-04 at 06:50 AM.