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There are lots of stems available. Look for one that will give you an appropriate amount of rise. A slightly shorter stem will also allow you to ride more upright. I assume you have already done whatever you could to put any available spacers under the stem and that wasn't enough. Lowering the seat is usually not a good idea as it can sap power and gets hard on the knees. You might be able to move the seat a cm or toward the front which will also give you a bit more upright position, but if it bothers your knees, go back to the original position.

As mentioned, your other alternative is a new bike with a more upright posture. Don't overlook flatbars, you can get bars with some rise and sweep to find your best position. I don't know if this will affect your ability to enter triathlons.
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