Semi-Arid (You don’t sweat in the shade!) Average High 90.8 degrees; Average Low 64.3 degrees; Average Humidity 20-35%; Average Wind South 10-13 m.p.h. Note: Due to the extreme temperatures experienced in the 1994 race, (a history making 113 degrees F.), Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon race management has established a policy that we may alter the race based on extreme weather conditions. You will be advised the day before if changes are required.
There will be a total of 2 Ironman World Championship slots & 2 Ironman 70.3 World Championship slots for Handcycle Athletes awarded and 30 Age Group Ironman 70.3 World Championship slots awarded.
Q: Can you open water swim prior to race day?
A: You can open water swim in the designated beach area prior to race day. Please do not venture past buoy line as boats will be on the lake.
Q: What Nutrition will be available on course?
A: Bike- Water, Gatorade, Ice, Clif Bloks Energy Chews
Run – Water, Gatorade, Ice, Clif Energy Gels, Coke, Pretzels
Q: Where do I Park?
A: Parking will be available in the grass lots above transition.
Q: What do I need to pick up my packet?
A: Please bring a valid form of ID and your USAT card. If you purchased a one-day pass we will have that in our records. If you cannot prove USAT membership you will be required to purchase a one-day pass.
Q: What is packet pick up?
A: Packet pick up is where you pick up all your race materials including race numbers, swim cap, T shirts, and any additional information important to the race.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
A: No, you are required to pick up your own packet.
Q: What should I eat before my race?
A: This varies from person to person. I recommend you eat what you would normally eat before training sessions. If you are going to experiment with new nutrition or gear plan to do so during training, not on race day.
Q: What time should I arrive race morning?
A: If this is your first triathlon I recommend showing up when transition opens to ensure you get your equipment placed, get your timing chip, and can take care of any last minute issues.
Q: What should I wear?
A: I always recommend wearing a triathlon specific suit or a tri suit for short. This will allow you to easily transition between events without changing clothes. Never wear new clothing on race day. If you do not have a tri suit wear whatever clothes you have been training in.
If the water is below 76 degree we highly recommend you purchase or rent a wetsuit.
Q: Where do I go once I arrive at the race site?
A: Once you have parked and gathered all of your gear you will head to the transition area. The transition area is where you will place your bike and running gear. There will be volunteers at the transition area called body markers. They will use a sharpie and write your race number and age as of the end of the year on your arms and legs. This is for safety and to make sure you get AWESOME race photos of your big day. After you are marked you will be allowed to go into transition. If you have prepurchased your own IRONTATS, you will put those on prior to arriving at transition
Q: Where do you put your gear once in transition?
A: On the end of the racks there will be a race number range, for example 100-150. If your race number falls within those numbers you will rack your bike anywhere on that rack where there is sufficient space. Your bike should be racked so that it is facing the opposite direction as the bikes directly next to it. This helps ensure the maximum amount of space for everyone’s gear.
Q: How do I know when it is my turn to start the swim?
A: At open water triathlons athletes are grouped together by age group and will be assigned a specific swim cap color (part of packet pick up). The swim cap color you are assigned will coincide with a start time.
A: Where should I start?
Q: At Playtri we always recommend you start on the outside of the pack on the opposite side than you breathe. If you breathe on your right side then start on the far left of the pack. We recommend this because it allows you to sight off other participants very easily without having to look forward.
A: What happens if I begin to panic during the swim?
Q: If you begin to panic or feel as though you may be in trouble during the swim, stop swimming and raise your arms. A kayak will come to you immediately. You may rest and catch your breath by hanging on to the kayak. You may also hang on to buoys but always try to use a kayak when possible first. You will not be disqualified for hanging on to a kayak or buoy so as long as no forward progress is made.
Q: Can I wear headphones during the bike or run?
A: All personal headsets, radios, and headphones are prohibited during the race.
Q: What happens if I get a flat tire or a mechanical problem during the bike?
A: You are expected to be able to change your own flat tire as well as fix other minor mechanical issues. There will be neutral race support to help minor issues if you are unable.
Q: Will there be water or sports drink on the run?
A: Yes, we will have aid stations approximately every 1 mile on the run.
These tips come to you from Playtri Coach Wes Dede. If you have more questions, contact Coach Wes at [email protected]