So this got me thinking… surely there are actions that constitute a violation of said Tri Card, right? Here are a few of my thoughts to get the ball rolling:
Rack Hog – With triathlon becoming increasingly popular, transition area is a crowded space, with a population density rivaling that of Hong Kong. Most people make an honest effort to keep their stuff compact and at a minimal level, yet inevitably there’s that guy or girl who has all kinds of crap spread out like an all-you-can-eat, country-style buffet. This is annoying and potentially dangerous.
Penalty – 1 corner snippage of Tri Card
Drafting – Unless you’re an elite uber-biker, the following is a common occurrence, especially at popular, sold out races. You’re gritting your teeth and pushing hard on the bike. You’re aero. You’ve got the eye of the tiger. Then, you hear it... is it a freight train? A pack of wolves? Before you can think of a third thing, you’re swallowed up by a Tour de France style peloton, disc wheels humming and blowing by you like your mom trying to guard Dwyane Wade. Sure, eliminating drafting 100% in big races is unrealistic, but the blatant offenders warrant Tri Card citations. Although it’s not rare for someone to blow by me on the bike, drafters are downright aggravating. Come on people, ride your own race!
Penalty – 2 to 3 corner snippage depending on blatancy
|break it up, fellas|
Water Fighting – The triathlon swim is rightfully referred to as a “washing machine.” There’s always some level of contact with other competitors, most of it accidental and benign. The fact of the matter is, however, that everyone is pretty anonymous out there. Just like on internet message boards, an increase in anonymity can lead to an increase in anger. Case in point: at Vineman a few years ago, my friend Russell had unfortunate encounters with two angry walruses. One guy grabbed Russell's wetsuit cord and yanked down hard, completely unzipping his suit. In a separate encounter, someone grabbed ahold of his ankle and ripped off his timing chip. Are you kidding me??
Penalty – minimum 2 corner snippage of Tri Card, depending on the crime
|it's hard enough as it is|
Penalty - 4 corner snippage (complete revocation) for extreme offenders
Is there anything I missed?