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Triathlon bummer

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I am distressed because the Triathalon association in T&T decided to institute a rule for the triathlon in September that says if you do not finish within 45 minutes of the first place finisher they will consider you a DNF. I guess they do not want people of a certain fitness level competing in the triathlon. I find that very disappointing on a couple of levels. SO I guess I will continue to train but probably not compete in races. Sigh. Anyway that's how it goes, I guess I will aim for the Tobago Triathlon that does not have any rule like that.

I just needed to get it off my chest and vent to you guys. I know that people in bigger countries cannot imagine something like this, but this is the reality in a smaller country. Sports like triathlons feel very elitist and I try not to get upset but sometimes they make it very difficult.
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KGWINDER 11/16/2012 1:22AM

    Great subject to vent on and I really understand. I was hoping to do a 1/2 marathon earlier this year. I found a race called Run Like A Girl, which did have a cut off time, but also allowed you to come early to start, so you could allow yourself more time. I was recovering after foot surgery so I knew I would need more time. When I went to sign up, they had closed the race. Grrrrr. Frustration when you want to try at the level that is your personal best and you're blocked.

I just set up my own 1/2 marathon and finished it. There will be no prizes or T-shirts or water bottles, but I know. Do what you can and be proud of yourself. I'm proud of you to even consider working towards training on this. (Keep that Jenna2007Canada spirit alive - she'd be proud of you!)

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OPTIMIST1948 8/31/2012 4:45AM

    Elitists suck. How do they expect to attract new people to the sport? Grumble, grumble.

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LILPAT3 8/30/2012 11:13PM

    Totally frustrating but certainly NOT unheard of! Many triathlons here in the US have time limits....perhaps not on finishing within 45 minutes of the winners, but often on the swim if you don't finish in a set time, there is a cutoff time. If you are not faster than the cut off time you are not allowed to continue. Since the swim is often the first of the race, you can often be "booted" before the bike or run.

Hang in there and find a race that you feel comfortable doing that does not have a cut off time.


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HEALTHYOTTER 8/30/2012 10:03PM

    On my sprint tri, swim started every 5 seconds or so, about an hour to get everyone in the pool. When I was leaving the pool, the first finishers completed the course. I still had the bike and 5K to go. Now way I would have finished within 45 mins of the first finisher. The speedies who were finishing were VERY supportive of my effort, no matter how speed-impaired I seemed. I'm glad there's a REALISTIC tri close enough to you to be feasible. Yea Tobago! Vent on! I would be frustrated, too!

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DRB13_1 8/29/2012 9:26AM

    perhaps the organizers are trying to reduce liability
I empathize with you - I don't register for the local women's only half marathon because of the time limit
don't give up your training or your sport!
remember the word "amateur" is from the root word meaning "to love"
we do what we love - not for prizes or fame, but for the joy and for ourselves

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/29/2012 8:22AM

    Well that's just mean! At least you've got another one to train for and look forward to : )

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NYKIMMIE 8/29/2012 7:38AM

    Very disappointing, emoticon

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GODIVADSG 8/29/2012 7:17AM

    Oh how disappointing. What in the world are they thinking? Keep aiming for the Tobago Tri and put those others to rest. You are doing great and just because you are not in the elite category ( I don't even know anyone who is!) doesn't make you a non triathlete. Keep up the training and brush those people off. YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DMEYER4 8/29/2012 7:11AM

  I agree this is not a good rule. It should not be how fast you can go but that you finish. Good luck

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