This race was a 20 minute swim (pool), 20 minute bike (on a spin bike), and 20 minute run (treadmill), separated by 5-10 minute transitions. The race was divided into 5-6 person "heats", every 20 minutes. I was in the very last heat of the day, at noon. I got there at like 11:30 and picked up my packet. I was really happy with the race schwag! Lots of goodies!!
|Sorry for the blurry pic. I actually really love this shirt. It is a light gray, simple design, but a perfect fit/cut. Very rare to get a shirt that fits well! Sorry I didn't take a picture of it on. You'll have to take my word for it.|
|Water bottle, guest pass ($20 value), decal.|
|Really nice drawstring bag too!|
During the swim leg, I was definitely the fastest in my heat, but that doesn't really mean anything because I had no idea how the other heats went. That's the worst thing about these indoor triathlons. You have absolutely no idea how you did until much later. (In this case I got my results on Monday, after a Saturday race!) Anyway, I managed 21.5 laps in 20 minutes, or 1075 yards (1:53 per 100 yd pace average).
|Swim data from my Garmin. I do have individual lap data too.|
|Data from my watch from the bike leg. What a joke! I can't bike at 30 mph in real life! Hahahaha!!|
|Summary of run data from my Garmin footpod.|
|I could see my own results immediately, but had no idea how I compared to anyone else.|
|I copied and pasted the top ten finishers. Check out the first place female!!|
|3 month gym membership. Wooot!|
Medal for 1st place female!
I had a couple of "suggestions" for this race. First off, what's with the age groups? Female 19-31, female 33-39 (where's 32?? Why is 19-31 a 12 year age group and 33-39 is only 6 years?). But the men have 20-29 and 30-39 (much more normal...). I suspect that perhaps they grouped the ages based on the number of participants in each group, but I don't really know.
More importantly, I don't like how this race was scored. At an outdoor triathlon, it is fixed distance and you compete for time. At this indoor triathlon, it was fixed time and you competed for distance. That's okay hypothetically, if done properly, but in this case they simply summed the distance in miles and ranked the "winners" based on that. That's a huge problem because it really is not fair to the swimmers, since you're swimming less than one mile. For example, if somebody swam 0.5 miles, and somebody else swam 1 mile, that is only a 0.5 mile difference in overall finish distance, despite being a HUGE performance gap (one person swam TWICE as far as the other). Contrast that with the bike, where a 0.5 mile difference is nothing at all, because we're dealing with finish distances on the order of 10 miles, instead of 1 mile. (And the run is somewhere in between). So normally, this race would be swayed heavily toward strong cyclists, if they had bikes where you could actually show off your biking skills. In this case, the bike leg was a wash, because anybody with half a brain and a base level of fitness would max out (or come close to maxing out) the highest achievable distance. And the swim leg is hard to gain any ground on, since you're dealing with such small numbers. So....this triathlon was basically a footrace, where the "runners" among us had the biggest advantage. Good for me, less good for the swimming gals out there :).
I really liked the way the YMCA triathlon did it, where they ranked the finishers within each discipline and gave points according to PLACE not distance in each event, and then summed the POINTS to determine the winner. That is way more fair, and doesn't give an advantage to one sport over the others. All the other indoor tri's out there need to follow suit. IMHO. :)
Time to finish packing and hop a flight to Cali, run a race, and then hop a boat to Mexico! Whoop whoop! See ya'll in a week or so!!!