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  • The always anticipated 3rd annual TRS Secret Santa thread!

    I don't know who my Secret Santa was, but they killed it.

    M_WareJohns622wchevronAaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPeladoTad_MJennifer PostCraig_DItsShugmaggieruBrew_TriswortwoodmBrent_RHSeeley14stephliles
  • Ben Hobbs - is that really you?

    @GasBomb @Matt So I clicked on the ST thread link and here's the first thing I see:

    "Slowtwitch thread volume has shed another ~20% this year after a decade of decline that has left the community with only ~750 threads per month, down from 3x that figure in 2006 (N.B. this could be a good thing)"

    And I can't help but think MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE EVERYONE GOT SICK OF THE BULLSHIT. I dunno, I don't go on the Twitch anymore because I need less stupidity in my life not more, so I'm not sure that's actually a reflection of how triathlon is dying. I do think everyone keeps scratching their balls wondering, gee, why doesn't anyone want to talk to us, when it's sort of obvious.

    M_WareGasBombJennifer Postsimonsen77MattDawnCAaronWebsteykjrunninCapenyournotuniqueRobert RankinTad_MEvan
  • Just How Hated Am I???

    Who are you again?
    I am that guy that you turned down for the Triathlon Squad. Instead you took on:

    AJ Baucco
    Pedro Gomes
    Chris Cobble
    Derek Garcia

    and last but not least, Ian Mikelson

    Being self-coached, and honestly not knowing wtf I was doing, I think I have racked up more pro podiums then all of them combined
    If you came here for some image PR help/advice, then you are definitely killing it.
    AaronWebsteyMartindhrTheActualPauloRyan HeislerHSeeley14doyoueventribroGranpa ChookJason LentzkeRashTad_MBig Red Express
  • Is Ben out of Line?

    I'm trying to think about this. I also felt slightly ehhhhh about the tweets, but I got the point, so I wasn't exactly offended, just not sure it was the most effective or least tacky way to get the point across.

    And now I'm trying to figure out why I had this feeling that it was tacky to bring up Sutton's history. Because it did feel like 'oh, we shouldn't talk about that.' I think it's because 1. I never really looked at all the details, so I'd been left with this vague impression that he'd had sex with a minor, but she was like 16 or something and it was consensual (even though, yes, I get that in a coaching relationship with younger girls, consensual is never really consensual, because the power-dynamic is too messed up). and 2. I think I had another vague sense that he'd rehabilitated, made things right and learned. And, generally, I believe in rehabilitation, and am not a huge fan of throwing people in prison forever. I do believe people, almost no matter the crime, should be allowed to earn a way back into society. So, I am willing and ready to believe that Sutton can be a useful part of the triathlon community. I think, in a sense, that's what made me uneasy -- that we're going to troll someone on Twitter 15 years after a crime and not allow them to prove they've changed.

    [The Brock analogy, while timely, does lend itself to moral relativism, but also the reason people are so up in arms about that has more to do with it as an example of a flawed justice system in how we deal with campus rape and privilege, like everyone finally decided to pay attention to this problem.]

    I think most people in triathlon probably have these same vague ideas about Sutton, and have never really looked at the details. I also think, though, probably, no one really wants to think too hard about it. And, sure, it's easier to ignore those facts when he produces very good athletes. (That's NOT unique to triathlon though. Look at what USA Swimming has gone through in the last couple years with widespread coach-sexual abuse issues. And gymnastics, oh man, that shit is messed up.) And everyone knows someone who worked with him, so you want to believe your first-hand experiences trump what you've heard on the internet. Plus, and this may be a little complicated, but the top-level coach-female athlete relationship tends to be fraught with fucked up power dynamics, and Sutton's known for being crazy controlling of every aspect of his athletes' lives, so in a way these issues feel like they're simply an extension of that? Which may be why it's easier to ignore -- like, no shit?
    DawnCMatt_FroeseJames LangeGasBombsimonsen77HeatherLowtcaley5HSeeley14rangamelDHansenTri
  • Propose Questions for Greg and Laura Bennett

    He said at TBI that there are only a dozen triathletes in the world he counts as "pro". Who are they? (Is he still one of them?)
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  • Ask A Random Triathlete: Bike Drafters and Cadence Questions

    Oh my god, since everyone is arguing with me on Twitter about math. Here you go:

    At a 12m drafting zone x 2,000 bikes, you'd need 24,000m, which equals just under 15 miles. That means that literally if you had a bike spaced exactly every 12 meters it'd be a line stretching about 15 miles.

    OK, so then what is the time needed from that first biker to the last one. Obviously, this gets trickier because people bike at different speeds. But the average bike split in a 70.3 is about 3:00, which is 18.6 mph or so, which means at that average speed it'd take 48 minutes from the first person in our 15-mile line to when the last person could start.

    Now, at Galveston (for example), I believe the gap between the first age group wave and the last age group wave was either 40 or 44 minutes. Not 100% sure. Either way, it's almost enough time technically if every single person goes at the exact same bike speed and starts the bike at the same intervals apart. If so, then you'd have your magic 15-mile line exactly evenly spaced out all traveling at 18.6 mph.

    THE PROBLEM IS 1. clearly that's not how biking in a race actually works, since some people are faster and some are slower, so in practice that perfect 15-mile line isn't possible, so you need more buffers in between people to allow for passing and falling back, and 2. people don't come out of the swim evenly spaced out. They don't even start evenly spaced out, because it's not like it's one steady stream that enters the water, by definition it's waves every 4 minutes. So unless you spread out those waves more to create more buffer time or held people after the swim to release them at set intervals onto the bike, it's really simply not realistically possible on some of these courses to have all the bikers over the given distances within the given times and maintain the required zones. (You could also resolve the bike speed discrepancy issue if it was actually completely seeded so that it exactly went from fastest to slowest from front to back, because then the gaps would widen as people rode. Instead of the gaps becoming more smashed up as fast people at the back catch slow people at the front, which is another factor in our equation.)
    balsdorfMatt_FroeseStruangJoshRJames LangeAaronWebsteyTad_Mkjrunnin
  • TRS Advice Column, 'Ask A Random Triathlete' - Submit Questions

    @AaronWebstey if you've already paid your $920 for Kona then it's time to wait until after that to evaluate
  • WTC Acquires Vineman

    @EmilyCocks -- says they contracted with the Vineman team to run the races through 2018.

    I think what's really annoying is that, sure, WTC takes low-performing races and makes them high-performing ones, with the lure of Kona to bring in registrations. But, it is, in essence, turning them into low-performing races in the first place through market monopolization that, in plenty of industries in the US, is straight-up illegal. (I mean, it's clearly been trying to drive TriCal out of business with how/when it schedules races.) Vineman's been around since 1990 and they've always put on good races; it wasn't a low-performing race. It started to have a shit time filling up when WTC started to dominate the market, and a particularly shit time the last few years after IM Tahoe was announced. So, then, WTC can come in and say 'see you need us, you might as well sell to us, what choice do you have.' And while we're all sitting around arguing about whether or not WTC's good for the sport and if we should boycott their races, blah, blah, blah, they're just going about the very, very classic move of taking over an entire industry. By the time we all agree and realize what they've done, it won't matter anymore.
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  • Kickass alternative to find Ironman results

    Fucking site won't recognize the apostrophe in my name, so I can't search right. Discrimination.
  • Sanders and Wurtele Battle for the Wins at Oceanside 70.3

    @TheActualPaulo As soon as @Aaron Webstey pays for professional on-site photographers, we'll have photos at least as shitty as ST's.

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