Last year was the other. I did four races that were my key events for the year. Every result finished with a xx:xx:57 official time. It is pretty outrageous. I was pleased with most of my results anyway (first time under 80mins for a HM, first IM under 10), but the connection between them all required documenting, so I got a bit of art made up.
Yeah, if you take the first result as a given, then three subsequent results with a 1:60 chance of matching the first one is 216k:1. If you picked 57s at the outset before the first race, then that fourth occurrence makes it nearly 13m:1!
In my small town we have 2 sprint triathlons each year. One is organised by the leisure centre, it has a homespun feel and a field of maybe 80 or 100 with lots of novices and very few serious athletes. The quirky thing is that I have come second something like eight times, but never first.
2012 could have been the year. Transition is set up in a small grassy garden type area outside the pool, with all sorts of flower beds. I live really close, so a few years ago pitched up at the very last minute to rack my bike. All the racks were full so people were leaning bikes up against trees (yep, that homespun). The only place I could find was to lean it against a small tree in a bed of roses.
Now the quickest way from that spot to the exit would have been straight across the flower bed and out. I remember weighing it up, but being a good citizen, and not wanting to get thorns in my bare feet, I pushed the bike around the bed adding perhaps 10 metres to my journey.
Had a good race otherwise, so later was gutted to find I had missed out on first place by just one second. Ah well.