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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
40sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 36m 52s
Overall Rank = 136/372
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 6/20
Pre-race routine:

I'm doing this in Sept for the race in Jun

We were at Motel 6 this year. Honey Nut Cheerios & banana for breakfast. AG rack was up top in parking lot again this year.
Event warmup:

A short ride on bike. I was still having foot problems from KC. My new Asics 2140 with socks were the most comfortable. A short run. It was very cool, in the upper 40s, damp, some wind. Getting wetsuit on early was good just to keep warm. Racked by Harvey.
  • 31m 44s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Early in the swim I got a mouthful of water and had to stop due to gagging and coughing. Once I got going again, things went ok. Felt good the last leg of swim, good breathing, good rythm.

Race results have me at 2:01 pace, BT has me at 1:55.
Transition 1
  • 03m 19s

Due to the cold, I put on my orange micro fleece in T1. Had some troubles cause I was wet. The last part of the bike was into the wind and I was glad I was wearing something extra. Bike jacket would have been easier, maybe not quite as warm.
What would you do differently?:

Bike jacket vs fleece?
  • 1h 15m 46s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.68 mile/hr

Common Buffalo issue with too many bike on course early with overlap between Oly & Sprint. Passing lots and lots of people. Better after Oly splits off. Bike fitness is lacking, disappointed with under 20 mph but it was cold and there was some wind.
What would you do differently?:

Be better prepared/trained for the bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 29s

Fleece came off easier than it went on. Had some helmet issues. Feet were cold, not much feeling, plus due to foot issues I put on socks, so slower T2 than normal.
  • 43m 36s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 01s  min/mile

Feet were "Comforatably Numb". Actually at the beginning it felt like I had no feet, just running on stubs. The cold feet/no feeling may have actually helped my raw heel, it felt fine the whole run.

I ran most of the way with a guy from St Paul, David Swanson, or Double D. He also ran Boston this year but finished ahead of me 3:25 or so I think. We talked quite a bit while running side by side. We kept about a 7:00 pace other than up the big hill at the turnaraound point. With about a mile and a half to go, I told him I'd see him at the finish line and dropped back. I expected him to pull away. But I was able to stay a stride or 2 behind him. I pulled back even with about a mile to go and then decided to push it and see if he could keep up. He couldn't keep my pace and I pulled away some. I beat him by 9 sec and also edged out another guy in my AG by 1 sec for my 6th place finish.

This was a great run, better than I anticipated. It helped running/competing with someone for so much of the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Hydrated, found Barb. Got some food. Talked to Petrice Mostradi, saw Araon Gill. Chatted some with Harvey Hutchings. Ate lunch by the Beckers, Andy and Tracy.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Raw heel from KC was not a factor. Bike fitness and weather were limiters.

Event comments:

Tough conditions this year. I was pleased with my race but disappointed with my time compared to last year. I was 10:07 slower overall. I also did an Oly at KC this year the week before. +2 min on swim, +8 min on bike, -1.5 min on run, +1 min on transitions. This was inline with overall winner times +10 min this year and AG winner +11 min, so I think the conditions played a big part.

Buffalo is big and there is a lot of congestion on the bike early for me but it's still a fun race.

Last updated: 2009-02-12 12:00 AM
00:31:44 | 1640 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 245/372
Performance: Average
Suit: Desoto Black Pearl
Course: Big triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:19
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:15:46 | 24.85 miles | 19.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/20
Overall: 145/372
Performance: Below average
Avg HR 150 Max HR 166
Wind: Some
Course: Same course as last year. Wind against on way back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:29
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:43:36 | 06.21 miles | 07m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 70/372
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 6:58/156 Mile 2 - 7:01/159 Mile 3 - 7:19/163 Mile 4 - 7:05/160 Mile 5 - 7:04/167 Mile 6 - 6:39/172 Avg HR 163 Max HR 183
Course: Out and back with a little stub. Pretty good hill at turnaround point. Almost same course as last year, we didn't run thru the cemetery this year and the little stub was on way back instead of way out.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2009-09-10 2:42 PM

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