Triathlon course

accurate measurement or not?

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03/09/2003 at 09:20
I've done 2 triathlons organised by concept sport and both were supposed to have 400m swim, not a problem easy enough to measure yourself in the pool. One had a 14 mile bike section the other had 15 and the runs both supposed to have had 5 miles runs to finish. I know from my own road races that the 5 miles must have been short on both course as my times were 27 mins and I've not run that time for 5 miles on a road race nevermind after 2 other disciplines.

So how do we know if the courses we do are accurately measured? It seems to be the runs more than the bikes as I drove round the bike sections and they were about right.
cougie    pirate
03/09/2003 at 09:27
Hmmmmm - good question Hilly. Do they have course measuring like they would if it were an Athletics or a Cycling Time Trial Event ?

Or is it more like Cycling Road Races, where it's not really the distance as the race.

I guess one course isn't comparable to another, so the distances don't have to be as spot on. More of a guideline ?
03/09/2003 at 09:28
27 mins for 5 miles! Wowsers.

I think BTA races do have to be measured..don't they?
03/09/2003 at 09:57
hilly, maybe you forgot to get off your bike for the run bit?
03/09/2003 at 10:06
LOL moosey, I must have had another gear I wasn't aware of!!

Sorry couldn't resist!
WildWill    pirate
03/09/2003 at 10:28
Hilly which TRIs were they?
WildWill    pirate
03/09/2003 at 11:00
I've found that most non-standard length TRIs arent accuratly measured

I normally ride the routes (bike & Run) in advance to check for myself
03/09/2003 at 12:17
dont even bother comparing anymore. your right, they are not accurate, apart from the pool swims obv......and a lot of those splits inc T1.

the way i get an idea of how i improve is just by looking at the names of those that finish around me. you'll start to recognise names and can compare your times with them over different races.
03/09/2003 at 15:00
Do you guys think that HIMUK was accurate - there were some mighty fast run times there...
03/09/2003 at 15:05
no pantman. i would have broken my half marathon pb if hadnt stopped with backache. must have been short.

according to my cateye we had done around 44.4miles. but my cateye does skip a revolution every now and then...
cougie    pirate
03/09/2003 at 15:19
Is that for the 56 mile bike Daz ?

Very short ! Or you need it recalibrating seriously. ;-)

03/09/2003 at 15:57
whoops, sorry i got distracted by w*rk ;O)
i meant 54.4
cougie    pirate
03/09/2003 at 16:00
Awwwww. That sounded much better.

Typical of them to get the swim distances right. Pah !
03/09/2003 at 16:34
i wouldnt bet on that being right as well mate!
cougie    pirate
03/09/2003 at 16:41
(if they can reduce it to 100metres or less, I'm in !)
03/09/2003 at 16:48
one idea - grab as many of the zip chords around you as you can like one of those fellas that sells balloons at the fairground.
then when the hooter you go!
03/09/2003 at 16:52
Can't believe that Richard Allen ran 66min off the bike...
03/09/2003 at 16:52
And what does this mean re. IM next year? If they can't get the distances right then they can't really call it an Ironman...
03/09/2003 at 16:54
Think even the swim distances can leave a lot to be desired.

I had to swim 30 lengths to do a 500 metre swim ... I´m sure that there´s no pool in the world which is 16.6666666 metres exactly!.
03/09/2003 at 16:58
WW-the tri's I did are organised by Concept sport, but going by what everyone says on here it seems most tri runs are short. Oh well I know not to think I've done a run pb on a triathlon!
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