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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 42m 21s
Overall Rank = 134/229
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 21/38
Pre-race routine:

Fuel up, arrived in downtown Buffalo at 6:30 to get a good spot in transition. Note to self: Buffalo has assigned bike racks according to race and age group - no need to arrive so early.
  • 27m 5s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

Need to work on my navigation. Felt like I swam about 2000 yds.
What would you do differently?:

Swim straighter! Overall I didn't feel too bad for my first OW race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s

Decent T1. No problems getting out of my suit for the first time. It was what seemed like a long commute to the bike. Up the hill and into the chute. Tried to keep HR down.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster!
  • 1h 19m 45s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.70 mile/hr

Stayed within myself as planned on the bike. Average wasn't what I wanted, but didn't want to be smoked for the run. HR started out in the 150's (135 AT) for about 5 mi's then settled into the low 140's. Overall this was a pretty challenging course in some nasty wind conditions.

I knew going in this was my weakest event. I need to RIDE LOTS to pick things up a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster!
Transition 2
  • 01m 50s

This transition went pretty well. Stomach was acting up a bit so got some water in me.
What would you do differently?:

Don't dally quite as much.
  • 50m 49s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

Stayed within myself on the run. I netted quite a few passes in my age group and caught many others in waves that started before me. This was a challenging run in the heat. I was much better at conserving energy going uphill than normal and it paid off when I passed folks in the last 5k.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was still a bit sore from doing plyos on Wednesday. Arms/chest were a bit tender. Don't do those prior to an event.

Event comments:

Very well run event.

Last updated: 2006-04-28 12:00 AM
00:27:05 | 1640 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/38
Overall: 112/229
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Triangle course along the shore with a side wind. Out into the wind for a bit, then back to shore with another side wind. Follow the big yellow rubber duckies. Lowlight was swimming directly into a pontoon - bong! Ouch.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:19:45 | 24.85 miles | 18.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/38
Overall: 152/229
Spent the bulk in HR 148+.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Rolling hills, out in farm country. No shade or shelter from the wind. Going into the wind was brutal, but the tailwinds were nice. Last 2 mi or so is mostly downhill to the finish.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:49 | 06.21 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/38
Overall: 110/229
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on N side of the lake. Rolling uphills with a turnaround at the cemetary then back down to the finish. It was HOT and windy by this time.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-06-04 10:49 PM

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2006-06-05 7:51 AM
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2006-06-05 8:42 AM
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molto veloce mama
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon
great job. oh, and i ended up setting up transition late since i was off figuring out the 52 year old man thing (see race report), so when i got there my ag rack was full. luckily, i saw some of my fellow county cycle folk and they directed me to the team rack where i found a decent spot. how'd ya like that wind i thought the course would have been easy to moderate if it wasn't for the wind. i have wind burn on my shoulders from riding into the wind in aero.
2006-06-05 8:52 AM
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, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon
Wind was tough in the swim, a bit obnoxious on the bike and welcomed in the run.

I got to transition early so got my pick of a spot, but felt like a boy among men. I've got some serious bike/wheel envy.

Oly course was much tougher than the sprint IMO.
2006-06-05 9:18 AM
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Central Minnesota
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon
Good Job! It was nice to meet you and your wife before the race.

The main reason I agree that the Oly was tougher (despite distance and all the other obvious things) is since the majority of the people did the sprint, things were really winding down before most of the Oly finishers were done. I would think that was a little annoying/tough for those still competing.

You did very well, since this was "Not a Race" in your words!

2006-06-05 10:15 AM
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Dayton, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon
Excellent race! Good for you!

2006-06-05 10:19 AM
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon
Great race, Jeff!  Steer clear of those pontoons next time, though. 
2006-06-05 9:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon
Nice race. You sure smoked me on the run portion.

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