I just started cycling two months ago. I got out of the marines in April and didn't want to get too out of shape so i went to my LBS (Amazon bikes in Oceanside) and I bought a bike to ride to work on a few times a week. (14 mile round trip from carlsbad to Vista) The guys there, fortunately, convinced me to get the FCR3 instead of the commuting Transend. After really getting into cycling I wish I went all out and bought a "real" road bike. I'm babbling...
Basically, on a whim, I entered the Carlsbad Triathlon like 13 days before it was going to start. I had never worn a wetsuit either. So I acquired a wet suit and have been going to the beach and practicing swimming and taking it on and off.
With 8 days to go I have been looking for good deals on a road bike everywhere (craigslist, LBS, etc) If I don't decide to buy a TCR or something will I get laughed at using my FCR3 and how big of a difference do you think it will be? I personally hate my FCR3. It is cheap, it doesn't shift smoothly and it is in the shop right now getting tuned for the 2nd time (free of charge, but still lame) It even pops the chain going from smallest chainring to 2nd the few times I ever use the smallest chain ring.
What do you guys think?
btw, I have been reading the tips on the swimming and found a ton of youtube videos via this site. gracias