Sprinting. Not so much.

sprint

noun

: a race over a short distance at a very fast speed

: a short period of running or going very fast

 

Last weekend I participated in a Sprint Triathlon.   According to the definition of “sprint,” I did it wrong.

First of all, who says a 740m/ swim 20k bike/ 5k run is short?  According to Wikipedia (the Internet Bible) the 5000 metres or 5000-meter run (approximately 3.1 mi or 16,404 ft) is a common long-distance running event in track and field.” See: LONG DISTANCE.

But let’s assume that we can consider the above distances a sprint compared to say a Half Ironman.  And from that assumption it should be expected that “at a very fast speed” is considered faster than the speed needed to race said Half Ironman.  It does not assume that your average swim speed over those 740m be SLOWER than the speed traveled in the 1900m swim of a Half Iron.  It also does not assume that your bike speed be about the same for 20k as for a hilly 90km.  And the “short period of running or going very fast” should have shown up somewhere in the equation, but failed to do so.  Hence, I did it wrong.

I think it’s clear that I should retire from the so-called “sprint” triathlon and continue to focus my efforts at endurance events.

en·dur·ance

noun \in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s, -ˈdyu̇r-, en-\

: the ability to do something difficult for a long time

: the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time

: the quality of continuing for a long time

 

-ST

 

 

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