I am a newbie, planning on doing the Las Vegas tri on September 27th. Has anyone done this one? I'm going to do the sprint.
I have done 5 K's, and recently did a 25 mile bike event at the Valley of Fire. I did this on a mountain bike, which made me a lot slower than all the fast riders on rode bikes. However, I finished!
I haven't swam in a while - that doesn't mean I can't - I just need to brush up on my swimming. I'm thinking about taking lessons!
I'm 29 years old, and in decent shape.. but I have a LOT of work to do. I just did my first run in awhile this morning and WHEW, I feel great but it wore me out.. only 3 miles.
P.S. - Should I invest in a road bike before the race?
While I've been to Las Vegas, it was a for a soccer convention. Training for a late September race sounds ideal for your first event. Do you have a beginner training plan? There are many places online to build one/model one off of and active offers some too.
Swim lessons are a great idea. I took a local swim clinic 2x and learned so much. Active has great expert resources & videos on swimming. http://www.active.com/swimming/
You don't need a road bike to do your first triathlon. If you enjoy biking & are ready to commit to the $ of a new bike, then do some shopping. But on race day at a sprint you'll see bikes of all levels mtn, road & triathlon.
Some thoughts on buying a bike:
Keep in touch & let us know how everything goes,
Sara Cox Landolt
My coach has told me to invest money in my self before spending too much on a bike. I found a used Trek for $200.00. Save on the bike and spend on gyms, coaches and classes. Unless you have no body fat.