Which is your strongest sport in tri?

A straw poll... Please play.

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07/07/2012 at 16:33
07/07/2012 at 16:35
TheEngineer    pirate
07/07/2012 at 16:42

When I started I would definitely have said Running then Swimming then Biking. My splits at the Outlaw suggest a complete reversal :O

ImRio    pirate
07/07/2012 at 16:44

Unfortunately I am probably best at swimming - though even that isn't that quick

07/07/2012 at 16:56
times suggest running best, biking next, swimming last, but not much in it tbh
Ironholgs    pirate
07/07/2012 at 17:03

I would have said running until last weekend.

07/07/2012 at 17:11
Position wise, results suggest bike, then run, then swim. I always use this as a measure of progress
07/07/2012 at 17:16
Gladys M. wrote (see)
times suggest mincing best, biking next, swimming last, but not much in it tbh

Fixed that for you Gladys!  

Bedders..    pirate
07/07/2012 at 17:22


Slagiatt    pirate
07/07/2012 at 17:29

swimming ... i am least bad at that .. then bike then run

Big Al The Outlaw    pirate
07/07/2012 at 17:36

Bike, swim, run.

Used to be Run, Bike, Swim but since I've been workin to improve my biking and also learning to swim freestyle again my running has really dropped off. (I'm about 1 min slower per mile over half marathon which is a massive loss

seren nos    pirate
07/07/2012 at 17:40

nutrition...........so many people never reach their potential because they underestimate the nutition side............without you can be the fastest runner in the world and will still get a crap run time.........I love the eating part of the race....


KK.interesting that you could kill Melli's run...I thought your single IM pb on the run was 5:17.or did you mean your standalone marathon PB could beat her IM PB

07/07/2012 at 17:56
One of the guys on our club is a sub three stand alone marathoner, and swims about an hour for ironman, but he's sooooo rubbish at the bike, so ends up doing a 5.5 hour Mara in IM
mellifera    pirate
07/07/2012 at 17:57
When I was a complete IM rookie, my marathon still killed yours. It was also 38degrees on the run. IM running is not like standalone running. HTH
seren nos    pirate
07/07/2012 at 18:08

sorry KK...just trying to clarify the logic and facts  behind the massive statement you made.........you probably have improved .........what is your standalone marathon PB....


mellifera    pirate
07/07/2012 at 18:15
It was not intended to be patronising. If you throw a gauntlet expect a woman like me to pick it up. I was explaining. If you would like a less close to home example try comparing cheerful Dave's standalone and IM maras. You might consider yourself more in his calibre as a runner. But like I said, IM running is a different animal, driven much more by strength.
07/07/2012 at 19:11

The stats would say that my bike and swim are as good or as bad as each other.  But my run is a whole lot better.

Outlaw stats; (excludes teams and dnfs)

...........Time......rank....race position
Swim.. 1:08:09....154th...154th
Run..... 3:29:19....19th......41st

Just not stopping for comfort breaks on the bike would've left my ranking about 60 places better.  So really my bike is better than my swim.

1.RUN - 2.BIKE - 3.SWIM.


Edited: 07/07/2012 at 19:27
Symes    pirate
07/07/2012 at 19:28

I started out as a reasonably good runner who could bike but not brilliantly and couldn't swim. I've turned into an average runner, an average cyclist and a crap swimmer. Improvements to be made all round for next time then building on the increased strength on the endurance side of things. 

07/07/2012 at 20:18

i am a strong biker and a distinctly average runner (10k  - 40 mins, half mara - 1:26)

in IM, I am top 20% on the bike, and top 10-15% on the run.
Most IMers toast themselves on the bike and so no matter their run strength they fold on the run.
I am always surprised how low I am in the bike in an IM, but how high I am in the run.... a 10 min faster bike split on the bike can result in a 30 min slower run time.

I am stronger rather than quick..... as meli says its muscular endurance, (not slowing down) rather than outright speed that counts

oh and i am about 50% on the swim ;-(

 Oh marshalini - nice run time btw... You need to get your bike time down though while maintaining that 

Edited: 07/07/2012 at 20:23
Bedders..    pirate
07/07/2012 at 20:28

On a more serious note, I am usually massively surprised and delighted by my swim (just love checking the watch as I scramble out of the lake/river/canal), delighted by my bike and mortified by my run.

Note to self - get more bick sessions in. 

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