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Last year in August, Matt and his mom competed in the 2010 Lakes Area Triathlon. After it was over, they were both hooked. They had “caught the triathlon bug.” They joined a local multi-sport group in the fall and working on learning to swim correctly and well throughout the winter. Both of them went from not really knowing how to swim, or at least not knowing how to do it well, to being awesome at swimming. Matt registered for 4 spring triathlons for this 2011 summer, and his mom registered for 3. Now that summer is here, Matt’s weeks include training for all three of the events: swim, bike and run.
June 5th was the first of Matt’s 2011 triathlons. Buffalo, Minnesota was bursting with people as over 1,400 people congregated at Buffalo Lake for the Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. Last year, there were maybe 500 people who entered the Brainerd one. This was almost 3 times that many!
Once the raceday begins, the next heat begins 2 minutes [or was it 3?] after the one before it. The reason is to decrease the chaos in the water, and to spread out the swimmers along the course.