I am going to vent.
So I found out that for the Siouxperman Tri that Kori and I are doing in May, they are starting the fastest people first (based on your estimated swim time). This just seems wrong to me. They start the swimmers one by one in the pool. Right now there are 50 people registered or so and I am sure more will register later. I don't know how often they are starting swimmers, but since you have to go out and back in the same lane (then you move over a lane), then something in the range of a minute maybe? So that puts the fast people an hour ahead of the slow people, who already will probably be finishing the whole thing an hour slower than the fast people.
This is a small town triathlon. A good chunk of the registered participants are from this said small town (the website where you register lists all the participants, their ages, and where they are from). So I imagine there are a lot of first-timers. What could be more discouraging than being one of the last people to cross the finish line?
I actually gave a conservative swim time of 7:30 for 300m. At the indoor tri in February, I did that distance in about 7 minutes. Had I known what they were doing, I would have skewed my time fast instead. Unless there are huge gaps in swim times, catching someone who might be 15 seconds slower than you with a minute head start isn't going to happen.
The only benefit I can see is that it might loosen up congestion on the bike course. And who knows, maybe they are starting people every 30 s, so that difference will be much less skewed. And of course, someone can be a really slow swimmer and be fast on the bike and run. This is the first time this race has been put on though, so I imagine there will be lots of little logistical things that don't work out quite right.
Of course, everyone has probably seen through this to my own insecurities about being the person to finish dead last :-) I'm just saying that my triathlon career might end pretty quickly if I crossed the finish line last. Some people are awesome and motivated and see that as a challenge to improve. Not me. I came in second to last in the first and only 10k I ever ran back in 2003 and I haven't run one since (admittedly it was a very small race). I run 5ks, half-marathons, even a marathon, but never that 10k distance. So yeah, I'm totally petty like that.
And because in addition to being petty, I am competitive (for better or worse); thus of course I have looked at the registrant list to see how many women in my age group are registered. Quite a few actually! But this isn't because I want to beat them (well, I would like to beat them, but I don't plan on doing so). I figure that the more people registered, the less likely it is for me to finish last in my age group (which I would hate almost as much as crossing the finish line last).
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