Originally Posted by SoCal2NYC
That was my weakest leg (no pun intended) of any triathlon. I came from a swimming background; but, actually what I proved to be the strongest in was cycling.
While of course I just went to New Zealand to FINISH the Ironman, when I would do shorter sprint/Olympic distance races I would actually be competitive and can say I came in 3rd once. I'd come out with the pack from the water and would have to gain as much of a lead as I could hammering it out on the bike because in a 5k I'd have about a 6:30 pace (whereas those with he best potetential to win were at 5:30) or in a 10k about 6:30-7:30 depending on the course.
I never learned to swim, so triathlons were always out for me. I did do the bike/run duathlons though (I was a much stronger runner than a biker), and definitely did do better in the running leg than the biking. Usually shorter distances as well, though I did do a few races that were Olympic distances. I think that strong bikers definitely have an advantage though. Coming off the bike late, you are chasing, and it difficult to make up a couple of minutes over 5 or even 10K. You have to be a *much* stronger runner to run down someone who is that far ahead of you over such a short distance. I've heard from Tri-geeks that a strong swimmer gains the least advantage, again, because the the relative gain that you can take. Congrats on the NZ Ironman. A few of my friends did Kona a couple of years ago, and said that it was amazing, but kicked their asses. I can't even imagine.
Stylez, what distances do you run? And how are your times, if you don't mind saying? What is your age category? You look like you might run HS or college, and I have a cousin by marriage who is an elite miler.