【鐵人小教室】 Q:你知道什麼是定時出發(Rolling Start) 嗎?

【鐵人小教室】 Q:你知道什麼是定時出發(Rolling Start) 嗎?

鐵人教室 】

Q:你知道什麼是定時出發(Rolling Start) 嗎?

鐵人三項比賽有多種出發方式,台灣國內常見的出發方式有:所有參賽這一銅在岸上等待,鳴槍「同時出發」;依照年齡分組或游泳成績預估分組「分批出發」;IRONMAN及LAVA系列賽所使用的「定時出發」。

定時出發( Rolling Start),會在賽前讓選手依照自己的預估完賽時間做分組,比賽開始後會以每4~5秒放行5位選手的方式出發,選手通過感應線後才開始計時!

定時出發最大的特色及優點就是安全、容易掌控自己的節奏,一次只放5位選手於游泳賽道上,水中不會發生大亂鬥的情況,選擇與自己實力相當的選手一同競賽,游起來更事半功倍!因為下水時間拉開,上岸後進行自行車項目時也不會出現選手集團出發行進,能最大化地保障每位選手的安全!

「先下水的選手會有比較長的關門時間嗎?」 別擔心!
定時出發,每位選手的完賽時間都是從「通過起點感應墊」後才開始計算,所以選手們不必爭先恐後搶著下水,找到適合自己速度的組別,享受舒服的下水空間,才能安心比賽!不過定時出發也有兩個缺點,

第一,因為每位選手都是過線後才開始計時,所以比賽的關門時間會變得複雜且與目標選手間的時間差距也無法直覺反應。因下水時間的不同,所以即便超過前方選手,並不代表完賽時間一定會比較少。

第二,定時出發讓選手在岸上等待的時間拉長。 2019年 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan,因為有接近三千名的選手進行比賽,鐵人公司團隊擔心選手的安全,避免選手在游泳及自行車賽段過度擁擠,因此定時出發改為12秒放一批選手下水。最後花了一個時多才讓所有的選手下水比賽,後面出發的選手在岸上煎熬等待,多數等得不耐煩了。

今年 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan 總共有1500名選手,預估最後下水時間為30分鐘。台灣鐵人公司更為了在第一線體驗選手的心情,派出董事長 Renny 參賽 2020 LEXUS IRONMAN Taiwan,自告奮勇最後一位下水,感受選手在岸上久等的心情! 希望能讓大家了解我們團隊永遠與選手站在一起,還有不斷改進賽事品質的決心!

【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!