Perhaps there is a real way of comparing..mathematically or with charts, graphs...let's see if the tri geeks here can solve this mystery for me.
We all know and can see from results that men are just physically stronger and faster than females who are trained to the same level. I accept that as a fact (cuz I have to ;)
I have this training partner who is a man, who I LOVE training with. He pushes me and I have gotten faster training with him. He is 9 years older than me, has more experience in triathlons than I do - although I have done more longer distance stuff than him- AND I am an IRONMAN ;)...but...regardless, he is faster than I am, especially on the run, but also on the bike, and more recently, he has gotten faster on the swim (because I TOLD him if he works on his mechanics, he will improve, and indeed, he did). He has big freakin paddle hands and I can still beat him on kicks...
So ANYWAY! my question is, how do we fairly compare our friendly competitions? Is it possible?
For example: last week we raced the same race. He beat me by about 10 min total. We both placed 2nd in our AGs, he was 16 OA male and when I counted females, I was 8th OA female. Does that mean anything?
I am just curious because he always beats me, but I tell him it's not b/c he's actually better than me, only because we are comparing apples to oranges.
It's all in fun regardless. I am grateful that he lets me train with him and waits for me on bike rides when I don't know where we're going ;) It's all good, but I'd like to know what ya'll think (and if anyone can prove undeniably that I am more awesome than he is, I would be eternally grateful ;)