To get the most out of it, though, and to make sure you have fun (the whole point!), it helps to have some training guidance before your first race.
There are hundreds of sprint races across the United States to choose from, and you can register for scores of them here at Active.com. Many races and race series are geared toward beginners or have a special first-timers' starting wave.
To help you choose, we've selected some beginner-friendly triathlons from among the hundreds that you can register for at Active.
We'll add races to this section throughout the season, so check back often!