For the life of me I do not understand why so many Americans fight so hard to retain use of the US customary units and resist using metric units. They talk about how hard the metric system is and how easy to deal with the American units. It’s a handy thing to know if you go on walks at lunchtime, want to pat yourself on the back for parking far away, or want to keep up an exercise regimen during a busy week. Then just drag a mile and count how many blocks you’ve covered.
A triathlon was arranged so that there was equal difficulty in all events, to settle a bet about who might be the better all around athlete. In any case, it is generally accepted that the swim portion, the bike portion, and the run portion of a triathlon are near equal difficulty, in general. I would be inclined to say that many of these estimates, although based on interesting and excellent mathematic models, are a little too generous. Nothing in his current training regimen would prepare him to run faster.
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