Swim tip for triathlon newbies
Nearly one third of the IM FL athletes are participating in their first Ironman. That means a lot of athletes that have never experienced the confusion and violence of a 2,800 athlete mass swim start.
I know I am not a good swimmer, so you might question my decision to post this advice - but this newbie mistake makes me CRAZY.
Most race directors advise newbies to move away from the buoy line in order to get clear water and avoid getting run over. But if you start wide, you have to stay wide at the corner. The objective is to go around the buoy, not intersect it.
Athletes that start wide and then sight straight toward the corner buoy cross in front of hundreds of other athletes. This inevitably results in kicked goggles, elbows to the throat and in my case, mid-swim arguments with idiots that are trying to shave 10 meters off the corner.
Thanks for letting me vent - have a safe and courteous race.