Just an FYI,
I find that usually I do better competing in my age group than I do in the Clydesdale division.
Maybe it's just a local thing, but there are no "fat dudes" in this area running in the Clydesdale group. They all tend to look like linebackers, hockey players etc. None of them are couch potatos.
And since it is your first Tri, it really doesn't matter where you run, it's all about you and being able to do it.
Oh and I have never had to weigh in at any of the races I have done. I know some do, but I haven't had to.
Good luck and have a blast.
The first time you do something - It's going to be a personal record!