I'm surprised at the number of women I know who are doing their first triathlon this summer. We had a birthday party this weekend for Luke and his friends at a local nature center, and during the pond dipping portion of the party, one Mom friend of mine told me she has her first Sprint coming up in just a couple of weeks. I picked her brain about some of the things I've been curious about, what gear I need, and don't need. I think I'm going to forego a wetsuit, the race is in August, and I think the temperatures might be too warm to wear one. I'm used to cold Adirondack lakes, and the chilly Long Island Sound, so I think I can get away with wearing bike shorts and a sleeveless top to swim in, then bike in, then run in. I still can't believe I'm doing this.
My biggest dilemma is the bike. I've had my mountain bike for ages, I love it, but it's rather large and heavy, and not built for speed:
Please ignore my mess of a garage, it's still not back to normal since the garage sale.
A couple of years ago, my Dad in Law found this Nishiki at a garage sale. It's even older than my mountain bike, but it's more of a racing bike, which is what I need for IronGirl. Is it worth fixing up for training, and ultimately, the race?
Please ignore the creepy hand prints in this basement storage room. They were already there when we bought the house.
Well? Should I stick with my GT? Or give the Nishiki a try?