Hi everyone I am new to the forums and cycling in general and bought a bike a month ago. It is a Fuji Cross Comp cyclocross bike. The reason I went with a cyclocross bike was because I wanted something to ride on both road and trails because I didn't know at the time what I would like more. So long story short I am finding that I am liking road riding a lot more than trails. Also I have become so addicted to cycling that I try to ride everyday. Right now on my bike I do about a 15mph pace on a twisty 3 mile track that has a lot of inclines and declines.
Right now I have the stock tires on my bike which are 700x30 and give me a lot of road resistance but I like it that way because I want to work on my endurance. I figured that if I was going to race I would just get a pair of road slicks and swap em out.
So here's my dilemma. I used to be a runner and swimmer 5 years ago when I was in the Army but stopped doing it when I got out because of college and work so I didn't have much time. Now that I graduated last December I have a bit more free time and that's why I decided to get the bike so that I could start getting back into shape.
The triathlon I am thinking of doing is at the beginning of May and it's a 300meter/11mile/2mile which from what I've read is a good beginner distance if you want to get into Tri. Now what I am wondering is if I can use my cyclocross bike in a triathlon? Do you have to have aero bars on the bike?
I am not looking to win any trophies or anything, I just want to have fun and see if I can finish. Also I want to take a stab at a Tri because it looks like a lot of fun and if I really get into it I might just buy a Tri bike next year.
Here is a link to the triathlon: