Getting started in Triathlon:
Like any sport or hobby, Triathlon can be as simple or as involved as you care to make it. The basics are that you swim, bike, and run. At the other end of the spectrum, Triathlon can be a full time profession that takes you training and racing all over the world. Regardless of how you want to be involved, we all start with the basics.
"Triathlon 101" Course
UPDATE: The class on 4/11/13 has been cancelled due to weather. It has been rescheduled for next week (4/18/13 at 6:30pm)
TriRochester holds an "Intro to Triathlon" course which you can sign up for through Rochester Community Ed. In this course we go over the baisic mechanics of the sport and give a general idea of how to select, prepare for, and participate in a race. Summary slides from this course are below. Here is the direct link to the Thursday, April 11th, 2013 course registration.
Triathlon seems to have its own language some times. To help with that, here is a Glossary of Triathlon terms
A great way to prepare for your first race is to go to a race and watch, or better yet, volunteer. Race volunteers are a vital component of a good race and once you have done a race you will appreciate this even more. All races seek out volunteers, so to get involved, it is as simple as picking a race and looking for volunteer or contact info on their website. Jobs range from helping competitors get checked in, to telling them where to go on course, to handing out food and water.