Results Analysis: USA Triathlon 2013 Age Group National Championships
The USA Triathlon organization, the city of Milwaukee, an army of dedicated volunteers, and the best age group triathletes in the country combined to deliver a weekend of terrific International Distance and Sprint Distance racing in perfect conditions along the shore of Lake Michigan.
We've run the numbers overall, by race distance, by age group, by splits per age group and we ran a correlation analysis between bike and run splits to see how many athletes rode too fast, and suffered on the run, for example. In addition, we were there from start to finish to capture the action in a full set of race photos. They're all here, presented in this order:
- Olympic/International Distance Analysis
- Sprint Distance Analysis
- Action: Race Photos from Start to Finish
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1. Olympic/International Distance Analysis
Nearly 2,700 triathletes finished the 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run in an average time of 2 hours, 31 minutes (compared to an average of 3 hours at the Chicago Triathlon).
The spirit of friendly but determined competitiveness dominated some extraordinary performance in all age groups. The swim was smooth, and there seemed to be little of the aqua turbulence associated with most triathlons swims. The riders on the bike course were exceedingly conscious about not drafting; the most diligent group of riders I've witnessed in dozens of races I've participated in or covered. And when the triathletes hit the run course, they were determined to hold nothing back. They gave it 110% all the way through the finish line, where more than a few collapsed from exhaustion.
2. Sprint Distance Analysis
Nearly 1100 triathletes competed in Sunday's Sprint Distance National Championships, finishing with an impressive overall average time of 1 hour, 21 minutes. Of course, we drilled into the age groups to highlight the differences by division, but across the board, great results.
3. Action: Race Photos from Start to Finish
In addition, we captured images from sunrise to the race's finish line. See our USA Triathlon 2013 Age Group National Championships photos at this link, or click the photo set below.
And for the 360 degree view of the finish line experience, see http://360.io/KEaFAT or click the image below.