I agree about getting to the race site early. You can't believe how many people I see get to the race start just as they are closing the transition area, because they think their race time isn't for another 30 minutes. Triathlons are not like running races. There is some race prep you need to do. A few days before, think about what you will need for the race, and go through your transitions in your head, or better yet, lay everything out and do a dry run.
Remember, less is more. The less you bring to wear, the less you have to remember to put on.
You should be able to put everything in a large backpack. Also, it's hard to put clothes on when you're wet, so if you can do all the events in the same outfit, that is the easiest.
Have fun, talk with lots of people, see what others are doing, but don't freak out. Everyone was a newbie once!
If you have the opportunity to be near a tri store prior to the race, the one item I would purchase (it's about 10 bucks) is a race belt. You put your run number on it and leave it on top of your running shoes in transition. Then you just grab it and clip it on when you start your run. That way you don't need to worry about safety pins. It's worth the 10 bucks.
Let us know how it goes. We'll be cheering for you!
Oh, and smile!
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