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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 30m 55s
Overall Rank = 529/833
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 61/75
Pre-race routine:

Drove up after coffee, bagel with PB, banana, and small bowl of Special K. Had everything packed and ready to go
Event warmup:

went for a light jog (about 1/2 mile down the run course and back). Milled about and ran into Me_XMan and some other friends. Found an old friend from college who ended up being in my heat (of course, as we were grouped by age). Swam out to the far swan after the pre-race warm-up.
Swim
  • 05m 59s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards
Comments:

Awesome swim! much better than I was planning. After watching earlier waves go off in a mass of flailing humanity, I decided I was going to just sprint the start and hope to get into clean water. It worked! Problem was, I ran into the back of the previous wave before I even made the first turn. Finished third in my wave (I think).
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a little slower to start to be able to finish stronger.
Transition 1
  • 02m 36s
Comments:

A little pokey getting it together with putting the shoes on. Bending over was a bad idea! Overall not bad, but my heart rate was in the 180s after the run up the hill, and I decided to take my time.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, just try to be a little more efficient in getting things on at the bike
Bike
  • 53m 1s
  • 13.3 miles
  • 15.05 mile/hr
Comments:

Was averaging 20-22mph until I developed a flat 2 miles from the finish. Decided to run it in from there rather than wait for the SAG wagon. Then ended up developing massive blisters on the bottoms of my feet from the bike shoes, and then my knee pain in the left acted up from favoring my right foot. I was determined to finish, so I just kept trucking!
What would you do differently?:

Learn to change a flat, and bring the stuff to do it!
Transition 2
  • 03m 12s
Comments:

Taking my time at this point, given race was shot.
What would you do differently?:

Don't get a flat on the bike
Run
  • 26m 8s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile
Comments:

Slow start due to the left lateral knee pain. Negative split, as it actually started feeling better after the turnaround. Great finish, though probably could have started my final kick a little sooner.
What would you do differently?:

Don't get a flat! I'm likely never going to be a top runner, but I can probably go fast enough on the other portions to be competitive if I can improve my run over time.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate pulled pork and a cookie. A little bit of stretching, and then just slowly packed my gear back up

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The flat killed me. I would have been somewhere around 50th after the swim and bike had I not had the flat. Instead, I finished in the 500s.

Event comments:

Awesome race. Despite the crowds on the bike course, very well organized, lots of help from volunteers, and plenty of cheering folks for support. Would do it again if I wasn't planning on Liberty next year.




Last updated: 2011-02-26 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:05:59 | 440 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/75
Overall: 47/833
Performance: Good
HR probably in the 160s-170s throughout
Suit: Wetsuit over cycling jersey and tri shorts
Course: Arch around 4 swans
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 02:36
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:53:01 | 13.3 miles | 15.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 69/75
Overall: 704/833
Performance: Bad
Averaged probably 168-172...until the flat
Wind: Little
Course: Crowded!!! Watched a girl dump it right in front of me after the turn off of 55. I really felt uncomfortable for much of the race due to the traffic (both bikes and cars). The stretch along 40th was very fast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80s
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:12
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
Running
00:26:08 | 03 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 57/75
Overall: 425/833
Performance: Average
Upper 170s once I got going
Course: Out and back along the north shore of Buffalo Lake. Very nice run, relatively flat, 3 water stations, and lots of support!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2011-06-05 10:44 PM

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2011-06-06 7:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Great job!  Your swim time is awesome!  Too bad about the bike - boo.   Hopefully you've got that piece of bad luck out of the way, now.
2011-06-07 1:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Now the debate, since I already have had a flat (in my first race, no less!), what are the chances I'll get ANOTHER? Do I throw down for the seat bag and changing kit?
2011-06-07 1:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance

I've always considered the seat bag and changing kit mandatory.  Chances are next time you get a flat you might be 10, 15 or many more miles away from your car or the transition area of a race!

Now that I think of it, I think I saw you running with the bike, maybe a mile or so from the end of the bike course.  Way to stick it out!

2011-06-12 4:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Climbinggonzo - 2011-06-07 1:49 PM

I've always considered the seat bag and changing kit mandatory.  Chances are next time you get a flat you might be 10, 15 or many more miles away from your car or the transition area of a race!

I totally agree. It doesn't weigh enough to pose an issue for the average person, and the peace of mind is worth having it along.

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