Hello! I just signed up for my first triathlon in July (sprint, and is in my events if you want to check it out); my sister participated in it last year and as a runner and cyclist myself, I thought I would follow suit and take the dive into triathlons. Furthermore, I would like to use this race as a stepping stone to getting serious in this sport. I have always enjoyed long distances in running and cycling (hopefully someday swimming, too), and was wondering, should I start training for a larger event, and use this sprint event as a test?
Either way I'm excited at the prospect of all this, however... I'm not sure where to start. She told me to just do something everyday, whatever I want to do, and make sure it's longer than the distance I will be competing in. After doing some research online and talking to some friends, it seems there is a ton more to it. On this site I have browsed through the forums and people have suggested a book here and there... what do you recommend I do in terms of a training plan? Should I be worried about appropriate nutrition?
Also, if this helps, I haven't cycled in around 9 months (at that time I was averaging 15mph), and have been running between 20-30miles a week for the last month or two, and haven't swam in years (did it in high school for a year).
Thank you so much for any and all help!