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a bit of advice needed please...maninjapan
Sep 18, 2002 5:30 PM
hello, greetings from Japan. Well since my last and first olympic tri in august ive been lazy..but now ive entered a tri which is 1k 60k 12k..... this is fine but my questions are to do with the fact that this will be my first pool tri, in the 1500m open water i swam breast stroke all the way in 33minutes which wasnt bad, the thing is in a pool with 5 guys in a lane i cant really do this stroke can i? Also, to swim front crawl i lose concentration easily and find it hard to do more than 100m because of breathing problems... Are there any new rules which apply in a pool?, can you kick off the wall on every length? do you get kicked as much as open water?...... any help or tips to prepare my for this pool swim would be greatly received as im not a confident swimmer unless its in breast stroke. thank you.
whats the race format?Steve_0
Sep 19, 2002 6:47 AM
there arent many pool tris around here, but the few that DO exist allow each person his own lane. 2 people in a lane at most.

basically, there is a staged start. Noone starts the bike until all swimmers are out. They then stage the bike based upon swim times.

This is more like a combined swim/biathlon format than a true tri, but it overcomes the problems youre concerned with.

Check with race organizers to be sure.
whats the race format?maninjapan
Sep 19, 2002 3:23 PM
Hi, thanks. The format is 5 people to a lane, starting together, stay on the right hand side and overtake down the middle, ive been placed in the second wave based on my bike time but my swimming sucks unless i do breast stroke but the lanes are narrow and im 6ft 3inch with long legs.....so i can imagine if i did that stroke everyone in my lane would end up with black eyes.......
i've done 2 pool trisbm
Sep 19, 2002 1:05 PM
i am not yet confident to attempt an open water tri. but i have done 2 pool tris. if the pool is small enough, the start is staggered. you may start one-half hour after the first wave. i believe you can kick off the wall. but you may not have your own lane.

watch out for the 'drifters', people like me who sometimes don't swim straight and drift into your space. (I'm working on this right now)

good luck
Usually they place you in a lane based on your swim time. . .js5280
Sep 24, 2002 10:51 AM
Sounds like they're doing it by bike time from a post below, very strange. Doing by swim time makes more sense, but I doubt you'll get them to change that this time round. I would look at last year's results, find a few people with your expected swim time, then look at their bike times, and use that to help get in the right lane. I'm sure they'll work with you, it's to everyone's benefit. Good luck to you! I'm sad that tri season is over now in CO and I missed the last one due to injury :-(