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Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 28m 7s
Overall Rank = 478/795
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 139/182
Pre-race routine:

woke up around 5 AM, rode my bike from my house down to transition at 6AM, picked up race packet, got body marked. walked back home, got my running gear ready, did a warm up jog from my house back to transition to double check things, went to pre-race meeting, and got my wetsuit ready for my 1st ever open water swim!
Event warmup:

not much other than trying to get the butterflies to go away for my very 1st triathlon
  • 11m 4s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

train in the pool, train in OW, work harder on the swim...I've been battling ITB most of the all of my training has pretty much gone in the toilet...but I didn't do any swim training...shame on me regardless of the ITB.
Transition 1
  • 06m 4s

other than not getting my wetsuit off in an effecient manner, i was happy w/ my transition...lots of work to do there...I could have taken 4 minutes out of T1 easily
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 20s
  • 13 miles
  • 18.00 mile/hr

I was pleased with the bike portion of this race...I posted my fastest average time of three events this year. Personal best on the bike for me
What would you do differently?:

practice the route before the race
Transition 2
  • 02m 21s

not bad...still would like to be faster once off of the bike...haven't tried running w/o my cleats yet...I think I need to be more comfortable with that part...lots to learn yet...I'm a sponge for advice.
  • 25m 22s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 28s  min/mile

I was very pleased with my run after my first ever OW swim, a bike and a run that I'm familiar with. I probably could've dipped down into sub 24 but since I haven't trained in 3 + weeks because of my ITB, I was very pleased with this run
Post race
Warm down:

water, water, water, shade and sugar

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of preparation

Event comments:

Great race! I like the "bigger" atmosphere...but there's plusses and minus to each type I guess...I'm very new to the sport, loving it, and learning a lot...thanks to everybody who I've met who've been more than gracious with all kinds of tips and tricks...I'll pay it forward when I have the chance! Thank you!

Last updated: 2008-06-02 12:00 AM
00:11:04 | 440 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/182
Overall: 0/795
Performance: Bad
Suit: QR sleeveless Ultra John
Course: Nicely marked course...water temp was fine...I was on a "just finish the swim" mantra and did that...barely. Hardest thing I ever have done athletically.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 06:04
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:43:20 | 13 miles | 18.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/182
Overall: 0/795
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: great course...there was lots of opportunity to gain momentum going up some of the hills...I need to practice more on how to read those so I can crank through them
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:25:22 | 03 miles | 08m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/182
Overall: 0/795
Performance: Good
Course: nice's fast for a run...very nice
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-06-02 2:29 PM

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Subject: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

2008-06-02 4:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Congratulations on completing your first triathlon and quite successfully! How nice to be able to ride your bike to the transition area and go back home. Great bike.
2008-06-02 4:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
thanks for the's a starting point I guess. Looking at the swim portion including transtion, took me 17 it realistic to think that I could cut 9 minutes out of that portion with some more swim work and transition work? I'm really just winging everything and reading on here from people who have tons of experience to share and learn from everybody...the tips I've received so far are awesome. There was a point toward the beginning of the swim where I really asked myself..."why in the heck am I here right now?" but in the end, it was totally worth the effort and also a little kick in my own backside to train more in the pool.
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