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486 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2007 11:17 AM by LeftRightRepeat
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Nov 6, 2007 11:59 PM

Biathlon Question

Hi guys!

I am doing a short biathlon tomorrow evening after work (4km run followed by a 300 meter swim).

Am I right in assuming there will be a tiny transition area for my swim cap and goggles? Is this the norm?

Thanks!


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  • Cashmason Pro 449 posts since
    Oct 29, 2007
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    1. Nov 7, 2007 2:25 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    Well a biathlon is a winter Olympic event,  usually on cross country snow skis and shooting a rifle at metal targets.

    However I would expect your event to have a transition area.

    They can't expect you to swim in your running shoes, or run with your swim goggles.

    If it was me, I would also take a pair of  cheap flip flop beach sandals.  Often you have to run from the transition area to the pool or body of water, and usually there are lots of little pebbles that don't feel good to bare feet.   Don't take a favorite pair as there is a small chance someone may swipe them.   A towel to dry off with afterwards is also nice. And a dry set of clothes to change into afterward.  Or just sit on your towel in the car on the way home.

  • runninirish Amateur 222 posts since
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    2. Nov 7, 2007 7:12 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    quote:


    Originally posted by pinkmartini:

    Hi guys!

    I am doing a short biathlon tomorrow evening after work (4km run followed by a 300 meter swim).

    Am I right in assuming there will be a tiny transition area for my swim cap and goggles? Is this the norm?

    Thanks!



     



    I would say yes...and it's a duathlon    Good luck!

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  • pcsronbo006 Legend 1,323 posts since
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    3. Nov 7, 2007 7:25 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    Aquathon, I think?

    Du would be run/bike - and I'm pretty sure those guys are ascared of water !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/biggrin.gif|border=0!

    And yeah pink, I bet you anything they will have soemthing setup for you guys

  • DawnT071 Rookie 655 posts since
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    4. Nov 7, 2007 8:26 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    Hey guys - quit picking on the OP.  Some races are actually called biathlons and they aren't ski/shoot.

  • LeftRightRepeat Pro 1,452 posts since
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    5. Dec 25, 2007 6:18 PM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    quote:


    Originally posted by DawnT:

    Some races are actually called biathlons and they aren't ski/shoot.


     



    According to Webster's[/URL" target="_blank">...

    biathlon

    Main Entry:

    bi·ath·lon


    Pronunciation: \bī-ˈath-lən, -ˌlän\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: +1bi- + -athlon (as in decathlon)<br />Date: 1958 <br /><br />: a composite athletic contest consisting of cross-country skiing and rifle sharpshooting <br /><br />Webster's online doesn't have Duathllon. But <a href="http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid=561535875" target="_blank">Encarta[/URL" target="_blank"> gives..<br /><br /><b>du·ath·lon</b> doo áthl&#601;n, doo áth lòn (plural du·ath·lons) <br /><br />noun  <br /> <br />Definition: sports competition including two disciplines: a sports event in which athletes compete in two skills, e.g. cross-country skiing and rifle shooting biathlon or running and swimming<br /> <br /> <br /><br />I could only find Aquathlon/Aquathon in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquathon" target="_blank">Wikipedia[/URL" target="_blank">, perhaps indicating it's lack of widespread usage...<br /><br />The sport of aquathlon consists of a continuous, two-stage race involving swimming followed by running.+

    This implies the order of the events is significant?!?!

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  • COcarrie Rookie 396 posts since
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    6. Dec 25, 2007 6:18 PM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    I did one this summer and it was called

    Dip and Dash

    , so that's what I call them! !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|border=0!

    Yes, there should be some sort of area for you to set up your "transition". It might be very organized or will just be whatever spot you can rustle up, given the specific setting of your event.

    Being the novice cyclist that I am, I must say I love this event. Have fun!
    Carrie

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  • BrettBH Rookie 40 posts since
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    7. Nov 7, 2007 9:13 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    quote:


    Originally posted by pinkmartini:


    I am doing a short biathlon tomorrow evening after work (4km run followed by a 300 meter swim).


     



    Is your 300m in a pool?

    If the answer is YES, please insert rant:
    Can you imagine swiming in a pool after a 100 people just jumped in straight from doing a 4K? GGGRRROOOOSSSS!

    The Y I go to requires a shower before getting into the pool. There is enough trouble with kids peeing and other unsundry activities to purposefully throw 100 sweaty bodies into a controlled environment.

    If the answer is NO, break the wrist and walk away. 

  • txdave13 Rookie 95 posts since
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    8. Nov 7, 2007 10:27 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    quote:


    Originally posted by BrettBH:

    Can you imagine swiming in a pool after a 100 people just jumped in straight from doing a 4K? GGGRRROOOOSSSS!


     



    I understand your sentiment. However, you do sweat when you swim. So, danged if you do, danged if you don't.

  • LeftRightRepeat Pro 1,452 posts since
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    10. Dec 25, 2007 6:18 PM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

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    Originally posted by DawnT:

    I guess some RD's don't read wikipedia


     



    Actually... The second link you posted includes this note: Woolmarket Biathlon #1, consisting of a 5k run and 11 mile bike was held on April 22, 2007.  Biathlon is apparently a generic term for any event that combines two disciplines (or so Wikipedia says), although the term often refers to the Olympic competition for people on cross country skis who shoot rifles.  Luckily, everyone who showed up in Woolmarket appeared to be ‘armed’ only with bicycles and running shoes; I saw no sign of skis or guns (although the course at one point does pass by a shooting range). 

    This might suggest that RD's do, in fact, read Wikipedia.

    Wikipedia does indeed state: Biathlon (not to be confused with duathlon) is a term used to describe any sporting event made up of two disciplines. However, biathlon usually refers specifically to the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

    Further, Wikipedia defines Duathlon with much additional specificity: Duathlon is an athletic event (not to be confused with biathlon) that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.

    Wonder if the OP is tired of this thread yet? 

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  • DawnT071 Rookie 655 posts since
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    11. Nov 7, 2007 11:02 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    My point is that regardless of what the real definition is, some RD's still call their races biathlons, so you don't need to correct the OP that his/her race isn't really a biathlon.  It is if the RD says it is.  'K?

    P.S.  That's pretty funny that the one link I posted had an explanation of the name in there.  I didn't read past the title of the race!

  • LeftRightRepeat Pro 1,452 posts since
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    12. Nov 7, 2007 11:17 AM (in response to Guest )
    Re: Biathlon Question

    quote:


    Originally posted by DawnT:

    My point is that regardless of what the real definition is, some RD's still call their races biathlons, so you don't need to correct the OP that his/her race isn't really a biathlon. It is if the RD says it is. 'K?


     



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