【铁人小教室】 Q:你知道什么是定时出发(Rolling Start) 吗?

【铁人小教室】 Q:你知道什么是定时出发(Rolling Start) 吗?

铁人教室

Q:你知道什么是定时出发(Rolling Start) 吗?

铁人三项比赛有多种出发方式,台湾国内常见的出发方式有:所有参赛这一铜在岸上等待,鸣枪「同时出发」;依照年龄分组或游泳成绩预估分组「分批出发」;IRONMAN及LAVA系列赛所使用的「定时出发」。

定时出发( Rolling Start),会在赛前让选手依照自己的预估完赛时间做分组,比赛开始后会以每4~5秒放行5位选手的方式出发,选手通过感应线后才开始计时!

定时出发最大的特色及优点就是安全、容易掌控自己的节奏,一次只放5位选手于游泳赛道上,水中不会发生大乱斗的情况,选择与自己实力相当的选手一同竞赛,游起来更事半功倍!因为下水时间拉开,上岸后进行自行车项目时也不会出现选手集团出发行进,能最大化地保障每位选手的安全!

「先下水的选手会有比较长的关门时间吗?」 别担心!
定时出发,每位选手的完赛时间都是从「通过起点感应垫」后才开始计算,所以选手们不必争先恐后抢着下水,找到适合自己速度的组别,享受舒服的下水空间,才能安心比赛!不过定时出发也有两个缺点,

第一,因为每位选手都是过线后才开始计时,所以比赛的关门时间会变得复杂且与目标选手间的时间差距也无法直觉反应。因下水时间的不同,所以即便超过前方选手,并不代表完赛时间一定会比较少。

第二,定时出发让选手在岸上等待的时间拉长。 2019年 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan,因为有接近三千名的选手进行比赛,铁人公司团队担心选手的安全,避免选手在游泳及自行车赛段过度拥挤,因此定时出发改为12秒放一批选手下水。最后花了一个时多才让所有的选手下水比赛,后面出发的选手在岸上煎熬等待,多数等得不耐烦了。

今年 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan 总共有1500名选手,预估最后下水时间为30分钟。台湾铁人公司更为了在第一线体验选手的心情,派出董事长 Renny 参赛 2020 LEXUS IRONMAN Taiwan,自告奋勇最后一位下水,感受选手在岸上久等的心情! 希望能让大家了解我们团队永远与选手站在一起,还有不断改进赛事品质的决心!

【IRONMAN Fact】

Q: Do you know what is “Rolling start ?”

“Rolling start” is one of the most common swim starts in IRONMAN and LAVA triathlon. Participants are able to seed themselves according to their targeted finish time. When the cannon is fired, a small group of 5 participants will enter the water, followed by the next group after 4 to 5 seconds. Each participant’s personal race time will start upon crossing the timing mat.

Here are some good things about the rolling start. It’s safer because when the crowd is separated, athletes don’t have to kick and punch each other in the water! Also, it’s easier for athletes to pace themselves as they can swim with swimming proficiency levels. Because all athletes did not start swimming at once, they will enter transition at a different point in time, providing athletes a less packed and safer transition experience.

“But isn’t it unfair if someone starts earlier than me?” No worry, your personal race time will start only when you cross the timing mat, so find the right group of your own ability and have a smooth swim!

The rolling start does have a bad side though.

First, personal race time starts upon crossing the timing mat, making the race cut-off time more complicated math. Passing someone will not guarantee a faster personal race time. Second, it’s a seriously long wait. During the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan, the “rolling time” for each small group of athletes was longer than before out of safety concern – 12 seconds – as there were almost 3000 racing participants. It took more than 1 hour for all athletes to roll start and many of them got on edge during the long wait.

This year, 1500 athletes, are about to race in the 2020 LEXUS IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan, including the CEO of IRONMAN Taiwan, Renny Lin. To feel the edginess of the long wait, Renny volunteers to be the last guy to enter the water. Will he survive the itchiness? Stay tuned!