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Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Buffalo, Minnesota
United States
Buffalo Triathlon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 28m 10s
Overall Rank = 73/261
Age Group = M20-29
Age Group Rank = 14/36
Pre-race routine:

Got up, showered, ate 3 pieces of toast w/ peanut butter & a bannana right before the race
Event warmup:

Got my transition set up, took the bike out for a 10 minute warm up, meet fellow BT'er Kelpeng and her husband, went for a quick run, and headed to the beach for the swim start and a quick warm up in the 68 degree water
  • 28m 11s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

This was a decent swim for me, normally I do not sight very well, but have been practicing, and it seems to have paid off. Also, I usually stop at least once or twice during the swim because I feel out of breath or my anxiety increases because of people swimming over me/grabbing my legs, during this swim, I continued straight through. There was a group of 5-6 of us that swam the majority of the swim together, but there was a lot of bumping during the entire leg. with about 500 yards left to go, I got wacked in the face and my right goggle got compressed on my eye. Luckily enough there was no leakage, it was a bit uncomforable, but I continued on. I probably could have pushed the pace a little, but for my first olympic, I will take it
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe push a little harder, but I set a new PR for swim pace 1:43 (was 1:44 for 1/2 mile)
Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

Good smooth transition, the only way I could make this faster is to keep the shoes on the bike
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 10m 38s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.11 mile/hr

Appearantly, my bike is still my strongest leg of the event. I started pushing early and was passing a lot of the short course participants. Probably the wierdest thing I saw on the bike was a guy from the short course was riding the bike leg (13 miles) in his wetsuit. Normally I would have said something, but between the rate of seed I was going, and the factg I was a little stunned, I was past him before I could think to tell him he might want to take it off to avoid overheating.

The course was hillier than I expected, although not horrible. There was a couple of hills where I had to use my 39x25, which confirms that I really need to work on my hill work. With about 3 miles left to go on the bike the run course and bike course share the same road, so it was a little mentally draining to see the lead runners only 3 miles from the end of the race, then w/ about 1.5 miles left to go on the bike, you come up on the short course racers, which really put a damper in my spirit. It was at this time I looked at my watch and realized that I would not be able to hit my 2:22 target.

Again, with this leg, I was not sure how hard to push, as this is my first Olympic, I think it went realtively well, but I know I left some speed on the table.

I started with a bottle of Gatorade and a bottle of water on my bike, drank about 1/2 of each which seemed to do well. I took a gel about 5 miles into the ride and again about 20 miles into it. This strategy seemed to bode well, and my body never seemed like it needed extra nutrition.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder, and train on more hills. But other than that, not much since this was a new PR for me in avg mph in a race.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

Top 6 OA T2, 1st in AG. In fact, I even beat professional Triathlete Chris Legh by 3 seconds, gotta celebrate the little victories, right!? :)
What would you do differently?:

  • 46m 32s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

It still suprises me how "slow" 7:30's really are when you compare it to the rest of the AG/field. This was another PR for pace for me, previos was last week @ 7:33, so I can tell my fitness is getting better.

Overall I know I could have pushed this run a bit harder, but again, not being used to this distance, I did not know how hard to really push. Also, my rate of percieved exertion was about 9 out of 10, but my HR wouls have been about 7 out of 10. I think I nailed my nutrition by taking a gel about mile 3, and felt good the entire run, I am just not sure if it was outside factors (training through the race) that lead me to not being able to push the HR/pace?

What would you do differently?:

Push Harder
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, talked to a few friends, and got some food

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience at this distance

Event comments:

Great race, will do again next year

Last updated: 2007-03-03 12:00 AM
00:28:11 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/36
Overall: 36/261
Performance: Good
HR Avg - 158
Suit: Orca sleeveless
Course: modified triangle, with the return being a long straight away
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:10:38 | 24.85 miles | 21.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/36
Overall: 36/261
Performance: Good
Avg HR - 150
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:32 | 06.21 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/36
Overall: 99/261
Performance: Good
Miles 1&2 - 13:45 - HR 152, Mile 3 - 7:44 (uphill) - HR 157, Mile 4 7:01 (downhill) - HR 157, Mile 5 - 8:17 - HR 159, Mile 6 and .2 - 9:42 - HR 159
Course: Out and back with turn around in the Cemetery
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-06-04 6:34 PM

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Lakeville, MN
Subject: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2007-06-04 8:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Yikes! You may not have hit your target time, but where would have gone from here if you had? That is a smokin' fast ride, a darn respectable run (PR pace) and a PR swim pace. All in your first race of this distance! Whaddya want?

Seriously, it's tough not meeting goals, but that was a great race. Nicely done!

Did you catch the bib number of the fellow wearing the wetsuit on the ride? I want to check his T1 time. 

2007-06-04 8:43 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance

As I said after the race, congrats on a great performance in your first Oly! 

I'm still shaking my head in awe of that T2 time

Edited by Birkierunner 2007-06-04 8:58 PM
2007-06-05 7:49 AM
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Lakeville, MN
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Johnny Bee - 2007-06-04 8:05 PM

Yikes! You may not have hit your target time, but where would have gone from here if you had?

I would have gotten faster!!


Johnny Bee - 2007-06-04 8:05 PM

Did you catch the bib number of the fellow wearing the wetsuit on the ride? I want to check his T1 time. 

No, I think I was still in awe, but I will be scouring the pics from brightroom as soon as they are posted, just to confirm that my eyes weren't playing tricks on me



2007-06-08 10:34 AM
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Central Minnesota
Subject: RE: Buffalo Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Very good race for your first Oly! Too bad we don't live closer, as we could really push each other in our workouts.

By the way, someone sent me a picture of the guy with the wetsuit on the bike. He was also riding a pink bike... I thought about posting the picture on BT somewhere, but I reconsidered since I don't think that would be in the essence of BT...
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