Q:你知道什么是定时出发(Rolling Start) 吗？
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，
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，
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。
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!