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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 13m 36s
Overall Rank = 25/386
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 4/52
Pre-race routine:

Shared one fine cup of coffee on the way to the race with my wife on the way to the venue. Drank 1 water bottle and had a few Ecaps before leaving for the start.
Event warmup:

Biked the first few miles on the new bike old race wheels setup. The 21t cog on the cassette was not mating with the chain very well. Need a new cassette.
  • 24m 25s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

I thought the swim went well. I accidentally hit a couple of people who either stopped swimming completely to sight, or they were doing the breast stroke. I felt bad for both parties involved. I was right on line the whole swim, which is rather unusual for me. After the fact, I am a bit dissappointed with my time. Just need to swim more often.
What would you do differently?:

Just need to swim more often.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

Tucked a GU under the leg of my tri shorts for later. Only to find I lost it on the bike course somewhere.
  • 1h 00m 11s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.77 mile/hr

Bike course was crowded where the sprint and oly distances shared the course. Lots of people riding more to the left than where they should be riding. Which puts me out in the lane of traffic often. Once the Oly course turned off, it was time to pin the ears back and hit it. Loved it... the new Shiv was really stable in the slight cross winds. Shiv hydration system needs some tweaks, as I was not able to hydrate sufficiently while riding. I had a couple of air bubbles in my stomach that just would not move while riding.
What would you do differently?:

Hydration system needs work.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

No rhythm to T2... Grabbed a second GU and 3 Ecaps down the hatch.
What would you do differently?:

Practice, practice, practice.
  • 45m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile

I ran out of T2 with a GU in hand, and ran to the first aid station with water. Ate it and washed it down with a cup of H2O. Shortly there after, severe side ache. This is exactly what happened last year! Dang! I ran for a while, and while going up The Hill I had to pull over and get it under control. I was really bummed that I was not able to RUN like I'm capable. Walked a couple times up the hill, as it hurt pretty bad. Hard to run through that kind of pain. Turn around and head home. Side ache started to subside. Got passed by some dudes who were RUNNING! Cheered them on as they went by. Dang. Finally the pain subsided enough to really run, picked up the pace for the last 1.5 miles. Passed a guy in my age group, and thought okay time to finish this thing and picked up the pace for the last .5 mile. Then just as I was entering the park, that guy in my AG passed me back. My first thought was, "He got me". Then I realized that, I'm not really tired and how it's not fair to myself to let him have it when I'm fully capable of KICKIN the door in right now. So I did just that. Like Chuck Norris, I kicked the door and sprinted it in. I felt like a dork for doing it, but it's a race and my legs were up for it. Side ache? Yeah I would worry about that after the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Get rid of air bubbles while on the bike.
Post race
Event comments:

Awesome volunteers... Great race if you can deal with the large volume of athletes on the sometimes tight course.

Last updated: 2012-06-05 12:00 AM
00:24:25 | 1640 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/52
Overall: 79/386
Performance: Average
Suit: QR - Full
Course: CCW Swim
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:02
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:00:11 | 24.85 miles | 24.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/52
Overall: 8/386
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Mostly new pavement. Awesome course! Some good hills thrown in for fun.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:18
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:45:41 | 06.21 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/52
Overall: 68/386
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back with a nice big hill. Ugh...
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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

2012-06-05 4:51 PM

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Subject: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Course

2012-06-07 8:54 AM
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2012-06-11 11:04 AM
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Rochester, MN
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Way to kick butt at the end of the run!  Great bike time!  Very nice race. 
2012-07-16 7:14 PM
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Course
Wow, nice bike split!  And way to battle through a tough run - congrats!  Maybe try to get the nutrition in on the bike?
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