This morning, I woke up to a post on one of my favorite blogs, Freshwater Swimmer, comparing male and female times for Catalina Channel Crossings. Spoiler alert: On the longest distances, Women are Faster!
Evan was kind enough to mention the analysis I did on performance differences between men and women in medium-distance swimming events. Men have a distinct advantage in those events.
In the interest of completeness, I feel compelled to post one last graph on the subject.
All of the other graphs I've posted looked at age and gender together. This is a straight comparison of men vs. women in these areas:
This is how I calculated the advantage: (Average Female Time - Average Male Time) / Average Female Time
Maybe the gap is smaller for the Ironman sports because, like marathon swimming, it's an ultra-endurance event.
If you're interested in a similar comparison based on age rather than gender, check out this post http://www.watergirl.co/content/triathletes-your-swim-doesnt-have-slow-down-you-age. I thought that was the most interesting of the series.
Okay. Now that I have that out of my system, I'm putting my geek hat away. Or at least I'll try not to wear it out in public for awhile.