That's true, but I know several women under 5'5" who ride a men's bike. Why? Because it fits them better! The golden rule in bike buying is try, try, try as many bikes as possible before you buy. Ride 'em all, if possible. You'll soon know what you like and what you don't like.
Seeing as you have a crappy MTB, there are two ways to go. Firstly, take the MTB into a good shop and get them to completely overhaul it. Completely. Replace anything that doesn't match, is falling off, isn't adjusted properly or just plain needs replacing and grease/lube EVERYTHING that needs it. Then put slick tires on it and race with that. Seeing as you don't have $$ for a bike then this is likely to be your best route.
The other route is to ditch the MTB and get a roadbike. Get a ROADBIKE, not a tri-bike. And DEFINITELY stay away from hybrids if you're even remotely considering entering a race of any kind, including triathlon. A roadbike is generally more stable than a tri bike, and you can also ride in groups too. If you want some aero benefit, put on a pair of clip-on aerobars and you're set. Once you know you're going to go the multisport route then start saving up for a tri bike. I've been doing multisport for about 2 years and only now am I thinking of saving for a tri/TT bike.
Regardless, I think your first port of call is the LBS. Bring in your MTB, and then take the roadbikes for a test ride. At least then you'll know what size you are for a particular brand (a small in one brand is NOT a small in another) and how much they cost.
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