For many people, the most intimidating part of a triathlon is the swim. Sprint triathlons generally feature a swim of 500 to 750 meters (.3 to .46 miles). You'll definitely want to practice swimming in open water prior to your first race. Never swim alone. When it comes to race day, it's easy to avoid the chaos of the swim start by hanging back and to the side of the group.
If you're a regular visitor to the Merrick Bicycles website, cycling is probably your strong suit. While they do make special bikes for triathlon, any bike will do for your first race. I've seen people do triathlons on mountain bikes, hybrids, beach cruisers, even a BMX! Most sprint triathlons feature a 10-12 mile bike course.
After you've finished swimming and cycling, you've got to run. Sprint triathlons often feature a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) run. It's good to practice running after riding a bike (typically called a brick workout) to get used to the feeling of running on wobbly legs.
A great resource for those looking to get into triathlons is Beginner Triathlete.
If you're ready to make the commitment to racing your first triathlon, you can find many great races on our Local Events Calendar. I'll see you on the course!