The future of IM thread got me thinking about the old mass starts. Even Kona has now gone for a wave start. Are any races still using mass starts?
Gut feel, maybe Lanza/Taupo?
I did 5 - Frankfurt 2010, Wales 2012, Bolton 2013, Lanza 2014, Wales 2014.
Terrified of them but what a rush and that massive feeling of relief when things settled after 4-500m.
4 were pretty rough but more than manageable.
The other, Wales 2012, I took an utter beating. Due to people legging it along the beach in 2011 they put an extra 90 deg turn about 100m so you had to swim out then hook left for the long run to the first main turn. It was the old style very wide start with a run into the sea and it was carnage to that first turn.
We were literally log jammed, you could have walked to the turn on the back of 100m of solid flailing neoprene going nowhere. Think I’d quit the sport and vowed ‘never again’ 5 times before I finally got round that buoy.
Thoughts, reflections on something that will soon just be a memory for old timers…