May 21, 2013
Race Preview - The 31st edition of Minnesota's oldest ongoing multisport event, the Apple Duathlon, is slated for Saturday. Since 2000, when The Apple hosted, brilliantly, the USAT Duathlon National Championships, this event has been recognized as one of the very best, perhaps even the best, run-bike-run in the U.S. It has been a designated Worlds Qualifier on three occasions....
May 20, 2013
Gear West Du XXI - MTN contacted Suzie Fox after she won 21st edition of the Gear West Duathlon on Sunday. We asked if she was going to blog about her experience. This was her reply:
"It was muddier and swampier than ever which made it all the more fun! New course too. I will try to write something up in the next day or so. Wasn't sure that I would be okay to race but it worked out. Hope Albert Lea had better weather than we did." She followed this with another comment: "Really impressive race for Jared Smith, he's improved."
Smith (photo below) finished 4th against a Who's Who field. He placed 5th here in 2012. Guy's gettin' good....
It Was Very Windy...
May 20, 2013
(Photo - Rookie triathlete Harry Brodmarkle.)
Land Between the Lakes Triathlon - Chap Achen, who's parents deserve serious style points for naming him Chap, placed 3rd here in 2012, finishing not far behind talented young guys, Sam Janicki, who does look a lot like Andy Samberg, and Kyle Serreyn, who looks like the Russian assassin in "The Bourne Ultimatum." The Chapster, who resides in lovely Red Wing, set a resounding masters record on that cold, windy and wet day.
Last Sunday, Achen returned to Albert Lea and won the race outright, giving him at least two wins since turning 40 a few years back. (He also won at Wingman last year, doing so in CR time.) He not only won, he crushed his MR ..
Lovaas Notches #28, Lendway Stellar...
May 19, 2013
(Photo - Heather Lendway turned in a totally super effort on Saturday.)
Blaine Triathlon - Despite the crappy weather that forced a late start, a number of athletes managed to muscle through the rain, wind and slick, slow-to-zero mph turns and rewrite some records. The overall winners were awesome, each taking gluttonous bites from the CRs. For Brett Lovaas, his 1:09:15 was a flabby 4:30 faster than the men's winning time in 2012. The victory was the 28th of his impressive career.
Last year's Rookie of the Year, Heather Lendway, chewed an even more elephantine-ish chunk --7:05!--from the the previous women's mark on this .3 swim (59-degrees), 16.7 bike, 3.5 run. Her stellar 1:16:30 landed her in 5th place overall and delivered her to the finish line almost ten minutes ahead of the women's runner-up. Awesome performance. Her young career now boasts three victories, one 2nd and three 3rds. Making Team Minnesota in one's second year of racing is a monumental feat. We suspect that there will be a spot on the prestigious Team for Heather at season's end....
Nothing to be Disappointed About...Plus Results Linkage......
May 19, 2013
By Marcus Stromberg (marcusstromberg.com)
Swim: 6:52 (1:09), 9:11 to T1 Mat
Bike: 32:41 (23.9)
Run: 16:18 (5:50)
Total: 59:52Pre-Race:This race turned out to be an experience like none other I’ve had. It was a race, for me, designed to kick off the season with some fun, shake off the Triathlon cob weds, and if all the stars aligned hopefully come away with a new course record. Well, the best laid plans don’t always work out the way you’d like to but you ...
May 18, 2013
Minnesota State University, Mankato Spring Triathlon
By Nathan Dicks
The threat of Mother Nature delivering 10 inches of snow did not scare away any athletes prior to the annual MSU Spring Triathlon even on a cool 40 degree morning.
Tough Day in Weasel Town...
May 17, 2013
By Brian Maas (http://tundrat-zone.blogspot.com)
Central Lakes Cycle Race Report -
Overall winner Dave Jensen had double duty. One of the second leg bikers for a relay team did not show, so after completing the individual event, Dave was able to bike the second leg....a second time! And the following day, Dave was scheduled to depart for California where he begins a cross country bike trip to Georgia, hoping to complete the 2500 mile journey in 15-20 days time....
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