Subject: RE: Ironman USA Lake Placid : Official Thread
Monty - 2010-08-04 4:50 PM Not sure if anyone is still reading this thread (which I miss btw!) but I have a really dumb question for everyone. This is something I noticed at 2008 and 2010. Why is the clock in the photo of your finish (which clearly shows you crossing the line or even past it) always one second faster than your official time? I know it doesn't mean anything, but I was really curious. Is the timing mat actually past the arch? The IM logo mat seemed to be both before and after the arch so not sure where they actually pick you up at. Not a big deal, but I need something post IM to talk about.
The timing mat is tripped by your chip, but the photograph is taken by a person. I think the more celebrating you are doing
(ie stopping and walking over the line pointing to heaven, which I am not hating on at all if that's anyone's thing
), the chip time and photo time are less likely to agree... whereas if you zip right through then there's a very good chance the times will match... because the photographer will have only had a split second to take your picture.