Q:你知道什麼是定時出發(Rolling Start) 嗎？
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，
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，
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。
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!