The Law of Unintended Consequences

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you must be aware of the new WTC 8% rule!

I joke. Of course, if you’re not a follower of professional triathlon, you’re probably not aware that the World Triathlon Corporation (owner of the Ironman trademark and series of races) has enacted a new set of rules for professionals, one of which states that in order to win prize money, you have to finish within 8% of the winner’s time. The result? Two Ironman races where the female winner waited at the finish before crossing the line.

Professional triathlon is a tight-knit community, I expect more of this to come.

Update: I forgot to include this commentary by Chrissy Wellington, a name you should know if you don’t know any other in the Triathlon community. She is the three-peat winner of the Kona Ironman, and has won every single iron-distance triathlon she has entered, save one (I think). The most dominant female on the scene, she is redefining the sport like Jordan, and Woods did theirs.

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