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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 31m 8s
Overall Rank = 548/878
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 73/90
Pre-race routine:

Uh, not training?
Event warmup:

Trying my damnedest to stay warm. Marginally successful.
  • 08m 50s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

My wave was set to go off 2 minutes after the wave before us but we were slightly delayed as the pontoon that we had to swim around had come off its mooring. The poor bastards in the wave before us had a big pontoon rolling through the pack as they were trying to swim around it. Funny...

Cold water but not as cold as the air. Fairly long run-in. The first time I put my face in the water was quite the shock but that passed quickly. This was a big crowded wave and I did a fairly good job of moving through the pack in the first leg and managed to avoid too much contact. The second leg of the course there were LOTS of folks swerving all over the damn place. I came as close as I ever have to getting kicked in the face when some crazy person was going almost perpendicular to the course. About 2/3rds of the way through the swim was where I really felt the fact that I haven't really been in the pool at all lately. :)
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 04m 51s

S-L-O-W. Had so much trouble getting my suit off and then as much trouble getting my jacket on. Would have been a hell of a lot faster had I not A) had to put on a jacket B) gotten the damn wetsuit off and C) used my tri shoes on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

See above
  • 47m 25s
  • 13 miles
  • 16.45 mile/hr

First, there's no way I only averaged 16.4 mph. I can go out and do an easy training ride and get over 17. So I think this course must be long or something? Overall, this ride kinda sucked. Cold, wet, harder hills than I remembered and nasty calf cramps in the last 1/4 of the course. This is where I REALLY could tell that my training has sucked the tailpipe in the last several weeks. Just had no snap on the hils. But the new-to-me ZIPPs kicked ass and were smooth as buttah. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 03m 42s

Better. Tried to get my calves uncramped a bit. Couldn't feel my feet AT ALL so I probably should have just gone without socks.
What would you do differently?:

  • 28m 22s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 28s  min/mile

Fist couple of minutes were OK but then my stomach started to realy revolt. It felt like I was going to barf at any moment which I did a little bit. Twice. Not fun. After the second one, I was taking a walk break when Emily came running by and yelled "Toooooommmmm, RUUUUUUUUNNNN" as though my walking was a personal insult to her. LOVED IT! And not to long after that, my stomach came around enough to get moving and kept feeling more and more human. The last 3/4 of a mile or so I was hauling ass prety well. Wish I could have done that the whole time...
Post race
Warm down:

Stuffing my face with cookies.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Generally a great race. Big, at 1600 participants but very well organized. Only complaint is the crowding on the bike course and the people who don't know the rules of the road. I almost got clipped by some lady who I'm pretty sure was riding with her kid, which was sweet, but I'd prefer to not crash. And, while its frustrating to have so many inexperienced riders on the course, those experience people should know way better than to pass on the right. I mean, seriously people. Pull your heads our of your butts and ride safely. Will also echo Emily's sentiments that there needs to be some more security around transition if for no other reason than to keep big crowds out of the way of people still racing.

Last updated: 2009-05-31 12:00 AM
00:08:50 | 440 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 0/878
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:51
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:25 | 13 miles | 16.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 0/878
Performance: Bad
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Rolling hills in the countryside around Buffalo Lake
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:28:22 | 03 miles | 09m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 0/878
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Good 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

2009-06-07 7:57 PM

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Subject: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

2009-06-07 9:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Nice job. Sounds like the lack of training hurt you. Ditto your comments on the crowded course.

I was wave 18, but when I saw that pontoon start drifting, I really felt for the guys in the water who had no idea what was going on.
2009-06-08 8:43 AM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

I'm sure you would have passed me if you'd been able to train in the last few weeks.  I didn't realize until looking at the results that we were in the same wave.  What a bummer, it would have been nice to wait with you.  I assumed you were doing the Oly, so I was surprised to see you when I did.

When I saw you, my thought was more like "What the hell is he doing - he's a good runner!".  I was worried, the look on your face was bad. Now I know why   I'm glad I inspired you a little.  The transitions were rough - lot of ground to cover, cold hands, etc.  Ugh.  Everyone had slow transitions.

So, despite the conditions and your wacky schedule lately - you did good!  I'm glad you made it

2009-06-08 8:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
congrats on your race, just wait till next time!!!!!!!
2009-06-08 8:58 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Nice job Tom.  Yeah, the congestion was a little hairy.

2009-06-08 10:17 AM
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Ellsworth, WI
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Good race Tom. I saw you briefly on the run and said hello but I think you were already past me by the time I said it. (You were on your way back, I was still on my way out.) We were both in the same not-trained-well-enough boat this time. Ugh. But it's still a good race!

2009-06-08 10:18 AM
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St. Paul, MN
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Tough race yesterday.  It's really hard going into a race you know you're not quite ready for.  Kudos for going out there anyway.  It must have felt good at the end to be able to pick up the pace of your run and finish strong.

2009-06-08 10:48 AM
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San Antonio, TX
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Way to go Tom....  I'm so glad I read this.  I was just thinking of trying to suck it up and race even though I haven't "trained" in a eternity.   I think I'll pass now.   Nice job in spite of the obstacles.

2009-06-08 11:02 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance


One word - COOKIES!!!!

2009-06-08 12:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
I was in the wave before you was nearly run over by the pontoon.  Good job on the race.
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