Although it is traditional to run triathlons in swim,bike,run
order, a better order would be swim,run,bike. Here's why:
Swim first - logistics dictates this. As a race director, you
don't want tired people entering the water, cramping, and causing
rescue efforts to be initiated. You also want everyone in the water
at the same time because the swim course requires the most supervision
by both skilled and unskilled workers (skilled means having lifeguard
training) and you want to minimize the time these folks are needed.
Run second - as the day goes on and gets hotter and hotter, you want
the event that has the highest risk of heat stroke and heat
exhaustion closest to the coolest part of the day. Most tri's are in
the morning, but swimming has to go first, so place running next.
Bike last - because of the velocity involved, heat stroke and exhaustion
are rarely problems in bicylcing, therefore place it last.
Drafting is reduced. People are so spread out by the time the bike is
started, that it is hard to link up into pace lines.
As people get more tired towards the end, I suppose the probability of
crashes on bikes might go up.
A bike finish line is a little more difficult to administer than a run
Any thoughts, pro or con ?