There is an Xterra race in Alabama this year and considering how close it is to my home, it seemed like a great first triathlon. I have never done a triathlon. I realize this race is long.
I did a first marathon in December and I'm decently fast at short distances, like a 10k (best race so far was a month back doing 10 miles at a 7:20 pace). I've recently cut my running down to under 20 mpw (basically all on road) and I'm doing a lot of stationary bike in my garage on a trainer (maybe 4 hours/week in 1 hour sessions), with intent to trail ride once a week (equal to the 30k of the actual race, and then I'll tag a little trail running on afterwards). My swimming background is just swimming as a kid, having some half-assed lessons as a kid, etc.
How terrible is a 1500 m swim? I don't plan on spending more than an hour/week practicing swimming (i know that's non-ideal, but getting to a pool is not convenient). I plan on doing the running in road shoes (not flats, but general trainers). Also, my bike is a $350 trek 4500. I'm 28 and weigh in the 170's with about 11% bodyfat, which I know i need to reduce.
So as I see it the negatives are 1) my bike is not great, but I am sure that 95% of this is the person, and a $2k bike wouldn't make me terribly faster. I can rent a bike if I absolutely must. 2) I am not going to take swimming as seriously as I ideally would.
Now, finishing the thing is not a concern. I know I can do that, but I don't want to be bottom of the pack. I'd like to be around mid-pack with other contestants. As I understand, there are pros that do this (who obviously I won't group myself with), but also "regular joes" and it's this group I'd like to be middle of packish in.
On the same day there is a road tri of similar length, but the xterra truly interests me a lot more.