NEED TO BE FIRST OUT OF THE WATER OR EVEN NEAR TWO MINUTES BEHIND FIRST OUT OF THE WATER; IT’S ONLY 10% OF THEIR FINISH TIME.
NEED TO TRY TO WIN ON THE BIKE COURSE OFTEN THE URGE, WE RECOGNIZED, OF CYCLISTS, AND ESPECIALLY POWERHOUSE RIDERS WAS TO BLAST THROUGH THE BIKE COURSE; YOU ARE BETTER TO RELAX A BIT.
NEED TO HOLD BACK BECAUSE, IF THEY HAVE EMPLOYED TOPS, MORE THAN LIKELY, THEY’RE IN PURSUIT OF A SPEEDY MARATHON.
What does that all mean? Combining the bike and swim percentages of the racer’s finish time would tell the tale. Athletes who didn’t expend extraordinary energy in the water and on the Queen K to Hawi and back had a combined swim/bike of about 64 to 65 per cent, two-thirds of their race.
And that two-thirds was slower than the powerhouses who, in theory, might have had a better chance to win.