Buffelspoort Ultra Triathlon race report by
Buffelspoort Dam Triathlon is hosted at a lovely bushveld venue situated in the North West province just outside Rustenburg.
The dam water is very clean and warm. On the day at race briefing, I think they said it was 24 degrees Celsius so we had the option to swim with or without a wetsuit. I opted to swim with my wetsuit.
There wasn’t a big field so I placed myself near the front of the pack so that I could get away from the slower swimmers.
I did not have a comfortable swim the first lap for whatever reason but eventually sorted myself out and had a better second lap.
I nearly bailed; I just couldn’t get comfortable in the water. Maybe because the water was so warm.
My swim time was 00:27:52.
What a tough bike course. It was good training for IronMan.
At about the 48k mark, you hit this mountain that you need to climb. I think that my speed up the mountain was about 8kph.
Once over the mountain, I reached a staggering 70kph odd. Very scary reaching that speed.
The bike was a two lapper of 48km for whatever reason it was longer than 90km’s and this was announced at the race briefing.
My bike time was 03:13:21.
It was very hot on the run.
Going out, there was no wind but as you hit the turn around, you had an awesome breeze behind you that cooled you down.
I latched on to a guy and we ran together most of the way but he dropped me with about 6km or so to go.
A tough run indeed.
My run time was 02:01:54.
A very tough event and it was good preparation as part of my IronMan training.
I might be back.