R: 8/10 (except IM Run which is 6/10)
Turning up on race day fit, healthy, rested and niggle free: 0/10
Persistence in a even a stopped clock is right twice a day sort of way: 10/10
Not sure who we are benchmarking against here? Chris, Daz, Matt? Or just age groupers of our current age? I’m pretty sure fruity is better than that but as he hasn’t done many longer events, and the Cotswolds last year wasn’t his actual form…
i was kind of thinking “talent”, whatever that may be
eg. someone with a really high score for running would be able to go as bash out a pretty fast 5km or 10km without really training much. if they trained properly , they could do something really special.
eg #2 , have given myself average marks, I had some ok-ish run times in the last couple of years for a M45-49 but it hasn’t come easy or fast, it’s been ground out by running about 5 days per week for a few years. But someone with more talent / aptitude (as I see it) might have gone the same speed with much less training, or faster with the same training . Or I guess way faster with more and better training, or if pursued by bears .
At the risk of derailing another thread, where you see talent, I see lack of a mispent youth. Most notably swimming, yes there is genetics that give you a body shape or certain flexibility that @Hammerer says are important, but the biggest differentiator for most AG triathletes is did you swim as a child or AOS.
Similarly running, I am living off my conditionning from 30 years ago, not in a fitness sense, but range of movement and to some degree just an expectation of how fast I should be able to run.
Cycling I came to late, I have limited expectation and am still developing, particularly wrt fuelling long rides and handling/decents etc.
Yeah I agree. I didnt swim when young, only took it up mid thirties. As I joked above I do have a swimmers physique (not at the min, because belly), my arm span is 3 inches longer than my height, which is already bigger than most people.
I was probably one of the fastest non-early swimmers in the the club, but the people with a history of swimming were way faster