The Analyst in me is very happy. After entering the results from the 2010 UCSB Triathlon “Open” division into Excel, I finally, without further ado, present the scatter plot:
The results are available for everyone to see at SBTiming.com. So, if you want to see exact numbers and so on, please head over there for a copy.
Otherwise, spend a little time staring at the patterns. Here is what I see:
- The first person out of the water didn’t even get close to placing in the top 10.
- Overall placement is defined more by the bike than the swim or the run.
- There are five groups: a. top 6, b. centered on 1:33:00, c. centered on 1:44:00, d. centered on 1:55:00, e. the rest
- T1 and T2 times are minuscule in comparison to other events, but when competitive, mean the difference between first and second!
- If you swim well, you may not do so well on the bike. Looking at these results this way, you can quickly identify strong sports.
What else do you see? Leave a comment if you have anything to share.