: I would like to know how other people feel about doing a tri in teams.
: Personally I'm against it. I'm not a purest or anything, but to me the sport
: is triathlon; not a swim, bike, run relay. You don't see 4 people splitting a
: marathon into 6.5 mile divisions; so why is it done in triathlon? I think
: that it takes away from the sport. Although it is sort of gratifying to pass
: someone on the run when that's all they are doing :)
: Please no flames, I'm just looking for some opinions.
Eric--I am a beginner triathlete. I have done three short (500 yd
swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) triathlons this summer. I've been
training hard, but I'm not yet quite up to the longer distances. So,
when I saw that our community was hosting a longer (1.5 K open water
swim, 40 K bike, 10 K run), I was interested, but knew I wasn't quite
ready to do the whole thing (mainly the swim!). My husband, my brother,
and myself decided to enter it as a team. I'm doing the run. For me, doing a
10K run as part of a triathlon team has lots of advantages over doing
just a plain 10K. First, I'm still picking up on some of the
triathlon secrets, and being there to watch the more competetive
athletes helps me continue to learn more about how to be a better
racer myself. Second, I've just started to get to know some of the
other triathlon fanatics in my area, and this will give me a chance to
spend some fun time with them and continue to make connections with
possible training partners. Third, my husband has been an
incredibly helpful "support-team" during my individual triathlons, so
it will be fun to have him doing it with me.
Maybe next year I'll be prepared enough to do the whole thing as an
individual. However, in other triathlons, I have really enjoyed
watching people who participate as a team. I particularly enjoy
watching parent triathletes compete as a team with their budding
triathlete offspring. As far as I'm concerned, anything that creates
a fun way to get people up off the couch is great.