As an Analyst, I love data and I love understanding patterns. So, after finishing my 7th triathlon, the Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint, recently, I decided to do some analysis. Check out the scatter plot below: (results here)
If you participated in this event, can you find yourself in the chart?
Seems like that group placing at the end really set themselves apart from the rest of the finishers. Regardless of their finishing place, I am sure they had fun and I congratulate them on finishing the triathlon.
Another interesting thing is how tight the top 50 finishers are. From swim to T1, through Bike, T2 and run, the difference between places is just a matter of seconds.
Also, look at the distribution of T1 vs T2 times. T2 seems much more consistent across the participants than T1. Perhaps changing shoes is a much more consistent event than, say, removing a wetsuit and getting dressed. Fascinating…
One of things that I keep hearing about this year’s event was that it was slower. I personally took four minutes longer to finish the “same” course as last year (however, I had the flu). So, the Analyst in me wants to prove or disprove this feeling. Was the 2010 Santa Barbara Triathlon sprint slower than 2009? You’ll just have to check back and see.