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Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
66F / 19C
Total Time = 2h 41m 24s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 9/23
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 5:15 and left the house around 5:45. Ate a bagel and cream cheese and had some gatorade on the drive. It was only a 50 minute drive to Buffalo so I was there nice and early to set up my transition area. I asked a few people around me some general questions and looked at how others had set up their transition areas. Everything went pretty smoothly. Ran into mndiver and we chatted a bit (not sure if he could tell how nervous I was!)
Event warmup:

Just rode the bike for 5 or 10 minutes. Made sure everything seemed to be working and made sure I was in the right gear because there was a little hill out of transition.
  • 30m 15s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

My goal going into the race for the swim portion was to 1) finish and 2) be somewhere around 30 min. Accomplished both so that was good; however I have a lot of room for improvement. My sighting was horrible. A few times I went way off course. I was super nervous for the first 200 yds or so and even did some breaststroke. Luckily, I was able to calm myself down and get into a rhythym. In the pool I always say 1-1, 1-1, 1-1 for the first length of the first lap, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, for the second length and so on. I actually started saying 1-1 to myself and that really worked to calm me down.
What would you do differently?:

I just gotta spend more time swimming and get in the lakes more. I have tons of room for improvement so I am looking forward on working on the swimming!
Transition 1
  • 03m 31s

I liked how my transition area was set up. I feel like I got my wet suit off in a decent amount of time. I had to sit down to get my legs out of the wet suit. Not sure if that's normal or not. It worked for me I guess.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
  • 1h 14m 51s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.92 mile/hr

The bike portion was great. I was just having a blast. My goal for the bike was to be higher than 19 mph. My fastest training pace so far has been 18.7 mph so I felt like that was a good attainable goal. Woot, now I can aim for 20 mph!
The only distraction I had was wiping drool off my face every once in awhile when some really nice looking bikes went by. They put my low end road bike with no aero bars to shame.
What would you do differently?:

I probably should have drank a little more water; however my stomach felt really full.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s
  • 51m 4s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 13s  min/mile

It didn't take long for my legs to get going. The run was crowded until the sprint course people turned around, but just like the bike I didn't feel like I was ever boxed in or not able to pass.
A few of the water stops ran out of water and all they had was hammer heed. I'm not a big fan of heed, oh well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing. I ate the pulled pork barbeque sandwiches they had for racers and listened to the awards ceremony.

Event comments:

For my first triathlon this race was great! I like the feel of "bigger" events and races and this is definitely on the larger side.

Last updated: 2008-04-25 12:00 AM
00:30:15 | 1640 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/23
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless Wetsuit
Course: Course was marked with big rubber duckies, nice touch.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:14:51 | 24.85 miles | 19.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/23
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The course was rolling. The first 10 miles or so we shared the course with the sprint race and there was a lot of traffic, but I never felt like I had to slow down. There seemed to be enough room to pass in most places.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:46
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:51:04 | 06.21 miles | 08m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/23
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The course was out and back. From mile 1.5 to 3 it was pretty much up hill, but it was nice to turn around and have a nice downhill to finish up the race.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-02 1:21 PM

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Minneapolis, MN
Subject: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2008-06-02 1:26 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
congrats on your first tri and excellent AG placing.  You picked a good race for your first - this was my 3rd Buffalo and I'll keep going back. nice job!
2008-06-02 1:37 PM
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Northridge, California
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Really great job, Sarah...esp. the swim given your relatively limited OWS prep! It's clear you were really ready for this race! Very excited to see how your upcoming races go for you.
2008-06-02 2:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Your "low-end road bike" obviously didn't hurt your bike speed -- almost 20 mph is great! Nice job!

I'm very sorry I missed BBQ sandwiches. I need to get my wife racing with me so I can stick around for the festivities one of these times.
2008-06-02 2:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
great 1st race! congrats and nice speed on the bike! it will only get better...props to you on your swim and doing the long course for your 1st ever...clearly you prepared yourself for this! well done!
2008-06-02 2:58 PM
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Eden Prairie, MN
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Great job on your first tri! It's impressive taking on an olympic distance for a first tri and placing so well in your age group. Way to go!

2008-06-02 3:12 PM
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Ellsworth, WI
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance

This was your first race, right? Wow, fantastic job!!! Congratulations!

Yes, this is definitely one of the bigger races around. It's really well run though, so it goes very smoothly. I've done this race all 5 years it's existed. I think the first year they capped the entries at 300. Now it's up to 1500!

2008-06-02 5:08 PM
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san francisco
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Great Job Sarah,

You were so ready for this race! You nailed the swim and I can only imagine that it will get better still with more races under your belt. Props to you on your first tri...OLY at that!

2008-06-02 5:13 PM
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A farming town in MN
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Wow!  Awesome 1st race had NOTHING to worry about! know you're a triathlete when you drool over the bikes and not the riders...

Congrats on a great race...

2008-06-03 7:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
You've got some potential!

Keep at this sport!
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