Esp if they are new pirate ones?!
Is it acceptable to wear a swimcap in a pool based traithlon?
I only ask coz...
1) I have a nice shiny new Pirate cap to wear! And
2) The weather on Sunday is not meant to be warm so I'm thinking a cold wet head at 6.30am as I hit the bike won't be particularly pleasant and is avoidable with aforementioned classy headwear.
But it does somehow feel a bit gaylord...
Wear it or just HTFU and JFDI etc?!
Since I've never done a pool based tri what I'm about to say could be complete bollocks but,
Wouldn't they provide you with a swimcap to make you easier to identify for the lap count etc??
Gertie wrote (see)
Since I've never done a pool based tri what I'm about to say could be complete bollocks but,Wouldn't they provide you with a swimcap to make you easier to identify for the lap count etc??
D'oh! Good point!
Only other pool based tri I did you sort of migrated from lane 1 to lane 8 of the pool so no one was counting, but having checked the instructions you are quite right - they supply a cap.
Maybe I can pursuade them to let me wear my pirate one anyway - it's quite distinctive enough
Saffers wrote (see)
Good luck at Steyning.
I'm off first with the other drowners at 6am! Which means about a 4am start from home
I've never done a pool tri where you don't wear a hat. Generally they give you one to wear to aid lane counting. I have worn my own one in one as well and they just called me blue and counted me as blue, in a pink hat.
Fun2Tri give you a hat but I might try my own this year as theirs come off my head.
I still think this ducking under ropes and changing lanes business is weird, must cost you time. The pool tris I've done here in Germany you swim up to 8 in a lane, seeded in expected finish times so in each lane you have swimmers of different speeds, it works perfectly. Each swimmer is given a different coloured cap and the lane timekeeper puts a tick against each hundred metres under the colour every time the swimmer completes a lap. When a swimmer has completed all but the last 100m, a helper shows them a kickboard to indicate last lap. Easy-peasy.
The Fun2Tri 4 lengths in a lane and swap over are the least congested I've ever swum in. There is a local tri to me which is terrible, get behind someone slow and you are doomed. Others I've had people I've lapped 3 times (in 400m) and they've been a pain in the bum to pass each time.
I think it comes down to pool size. A narrow 25m and it makes for congestion. Smaller than that and you just have every man for himself.
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