I was asked what pet peeves newbies to triathlons do that bug me. I honesty had to think for a minute. I’ve got a couple of pet peeves, but they aren’t necessarily things that newbies in the sport do.
One thing that really bugs me, and you usually only see it in Sprint triathlons. I’ve only seen it once in an Olympic distance event. But, it bugs me when people bring balloons to mark their transition spot so they can remember where their transition spot is.
If you’re lucky enough to be near this person in the transition area, the balloon can get in the way of moving around transition and prevents you from getting in and out of transition fast. I had to wrestle with a balloon once in one of my transition spots. It was very frustrating. The balloon was deflating and was in the way of me putting on my shoes. It slowed me down quite a bit. Plus, do like the rest of us do and just make a mental note of where your transition spot is and remember it. It’s only fair. You don’t see people in Kona putting balloons on their transition spot. Plus, if you’re worried about not remember where your transition spot is, get to the set up SUPER early and get an end spot on the transition rack. Then you’ll run right past your bag and gear and you can’t help but see it.
Another thing that really bugs me is when people don’t practice lap swimming pool etiquette. This happened to me the other day. It can actually be kind of dangerous. The biggest thing is, I’ll be happy to share a lane with you, but please let me know you’re going to swim in my lane with me so we don’t head crash in to each other. I’ve done that before and it HURTS.
Also, most swimming pools will have the lanes marked as to whether it’s for slow swimmers, medium pace, etc. It’s nice if people swim in the lane that fits their speed. I try and stick to either the slow or medium paced swim lane. I’m SO not fast enough to be in the fast lane. I feel bad if I’m in the fast lane and I’m going slower than them and they’re creeping up on me.
Last but not least, if you’re going to share a lane and want to circle swim (always staying to the right), that’s fine with me. Just let me know when you share the lane with me so that we don’t crash in to each other.
Another pet peeve is when I’m out cycling and other cyclists are riding 2 abreast. In Utah, it’s a law that you should ride single file. That makes it REALLY hard to pass if I’m lucky enough to be going fast enough to pass you. Plus, it’s not safe when you’re out on public streets. You’re more likely to get hit.
It really bugs me when people get away with drafting in a race as well. During the Spudman, there is A LOT of drafting that goes on. I think at one point they didn’t enforce the drafting, so people got away with it. Now that they’re trying to enforce it, so much drafting goes on that they can’t completely enforce it. It’s unfortunate.
Do you have any pet peeves of triathlons/running?