Team triathlon

August 27 16:27 2016

When it comes to competing in a triathlon as a team, you’re not short of options. And I’m not talking about the well-known triathlon race formats.

All members compete, one after the others.

This was my first team event, in the club relay championship in Nottingham. And the format was just perfect. Four per team, the first swimmer was swimming while the other three were waiting and relaxing. Once the first had finished, it was time for the second to have a go and so on.

Once the fourth had finished its swim, the first member of the time was starting his bike ride. Then the second, the third and finally the fourth one.

Guess what. When the fourth finished its bike ride, it was time for the first one to go and run. Then the second. Then the third and finally the fourth.

The big advantage is having a rest between the sports, allowing you to give your maximum in each discipline. The disadvantage is that only the fourth member will cross the finish line and get the crowd support in the final meters.

All members compete, at the same time.

I’ve only tried it once. And it turned out to be a total fiasco. We all set up together and decided we will wait for each other at T1, not knowing how we will get on with our swim.

Unfortunately one of our members had a poorly knee which started to hurt at the beginning of the swim. It didn’t get better on the bike. And a lack of team training and drafting technic made our effort harder. After a few laps, we’ve decided that we (two of us) will go ahead, leaving our injured teammate going on his rhythm (shame on us!). Knowing I was far slower than my team-mate on the run, I’ve decided to go ahead on a bike, so we will eventually cross the finish line together.

I’ve started my run alone and was expecting my friend to catch me anytime. He didn’t. Only to figure out that I’ve completely missed one of the eight bike laps (honestly not on purpose).

I would say those events are more for people that have the same swim, bike and run pace, cycle together, or have cycling team experience.

One member per each discipline

This is something I have to try yet. Unfortunately, I’m not strong in any of the three sports so I’m unsure if anyone would ever consider competing with myself.

The swimmer goes first and passes the timing chip to the rider that will pass to the runner. It’s usually a fast event as teams take the best swimmer, rider and runner, and everyone goes as fast as they can knowing they won’t have to do anything after.


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