Hey everyone. I'm kind of new to Triathlons, and just finished my first yesterday. My bike time was unsatisfactory and I wanted to get some advice on training. So far I have been using a mountain bike on a canal trail that passes near my city. It runs from Illinois to Michigan so there's no problem with available distance, but I would rather be using a road bike since it is what I'll be using in the tri. Not to mention my back takes a beating after a while. There aren't a whole lot of safe usable roads around me, and I can't find any bike paths. Is it wise to put a lot of training into exercise bikes in the gym? Is there anything else I can do? I also wanted to inquire about what you think about during the race. I was completely focused, but it made the whole thing seem so much longer than it was.