BY DAVID WARDEN
Day 36 Splits
Note: This post has been significantly modified since it was first published on July 12. It included inaccurate information and has been corrected below.
Let me lead with a statement from James:
As part of the 505050, I was pleased to participate in the HITS Kingston, NY Full Triathlon on July 11 as the required triathlon distance for Day 36. After a period on the bike and assessing the course, I concluded that it presented a challenge that would require more time than I had anticipated. I abandoned the official course for a more favorable section and completed the Full distances on the bike and run on my own.
Although this decision was widely understood, I should have immediately and formally requested a removal from the official results. I have since done so with HITS Triathlon, and look forward to returning to a HITS event in the near future.
As James' coach, this statement should never have been necessary had I specifically reminded him to report directly to the RD if he bailed on the course. As I posted on Day 35, I had concerns about the nature of the course and hoped James would consider doing an easier route should his progress be outrageously slow. At that time I should have specifically said, "and if you do, tell the RD." Yes, it is ultimately the athlete's responsibility, but a good coach should set his athlete up for success. James and I did not communicate on Sunday, and I originally and inaccurately posted on this blog what was ultimately not an actual HITS finish.
An RD is in a bind if they are pretty sure someone has cut the course, but unless an official sees it or the athlete self reports they really can't do much. James assuming the RD (and everyone else) knew was not enough, and I apologize for not doing my job and helping James follow the rules.
James data on his improvised course below.