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Joe, Nathan, Jordan & Andy....

 

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Yesterday we revealed the  women who earned MOST IMPROVED nominations, and the criteria by which they were selected. Today, we reveal the male nominees in this category.

 

- JOE ADRIEANS, 29, Elk River

Joe was an obvious choice. His improvement in the last year has been dramatic. Here are his 2017 highlights:

1st Premier Diviision / 4th including Collegians @ Maple Grove Olympic 

3rd @ Chisago Lakes Half IM - 4:13:26 - PR (4:58 in 2016)

4th @ Gear West Duathlon 

7th @ Heart of the Lakes (18th in 2016)

 

- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis

Injuries resulting in insufficeint racing volume kept Dr. Nate off Team Minnesota in 2016. He'll not only make the team this year, he'll likely place near the top of the list. Here are Ansbaugh's 2017 highlights:

1st @ Lake Minnetonka

1st @ Lake Waconia  ...

Gaby, Nicole, Kelly & Maggie..

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - FEMALE MOST IMPROVED -  Using the words "Most Improved" to describe this category is a bit misleading. What the MMA Comittee is measuring is how much emerging athletes are moving among their elite peers, especially as it relates to placement on Team MInnesota. An athlete who has never made the team, but has improved enough to make it this year, is a prime cadidate for consideration, as is that member of Team Minnesota that moves up the ladder in a significant way. Also considered are athletes that were basically "off the radar" in previous seasons but are now flirting with a spot on the Team.

Today, in alpha order, we are revealing the Female Most Improved nominees for 2017:

 

- GABY BUNTEN, 25, Forest Lake

Gaby has placed as high as 5th on Team Minnesota in the past, but will place much higher this year. Upward movement within the Top five is a big deal.

Here are Gaby's 2017 competitive highlights:

- 1st @ Minneapolis - 2:08:34 - This effort is being considered for a POY nomination.

- 1st @ South Beach Olympic (FL) ....

2017 Race of the Year Finalists...

 

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Voting for TRIATHLETES CHOICE RACE OF THE YEAR has concluded. The finalists were determined by "Percent of Participation" results. For instance, if a race with 500 race day entrants, including each relay member, receives 50 votes, then that event was supported by 10% of its entrants. A race with 1500 entrants would need to receive at least 151 votes (10.1%) in order beat the smaller race, etc.

Wade, Diane, Brian , Sames, Kris & Dani...

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Photo (L-R) - Oakdale men's podium: Kris Spoth, Brian Sames, Jordan Roby.

 

2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here, in alpha order, are the five officlal nominees for Minnesota DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

 

- WADE CRUSER, 30, Sauk Rapids 

Wade's 2017 resume featured two wins--Cinco Du Mayo and Apple--one CR (Cinco) and a 3rd place overall at Duathlon Nationals.

 

- DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes

Diane beat a stellar  field at Gear West, then placed 3rd behind Vsetecka and Grinaker at Apple.

 

- BRIAN SAMES, 31, Shakopee

Brian won the Oakdale Duathlon and placed 2nd behind Cruser at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course....

So Much More Than Data.......

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By Erin Ladendorf (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)

 

How do you put into words the best feeling you've ever had in your life?


IRONMAN WISCONSIN RACE REPORT - It's been 4 weeks since Ironman Madison, and I am still struggling to find the words that can accurately describe those 13 hours of my life. Sure, I could go through my whole race report and tell you how nervous I was, or how my pacing turned out, or even what happened with my nutrition plan, but those were just pebbles in the gravel on a giant mountain of a day. Don't worry, I will still go over that, but I think Ironman recaps are so much more than a data recap. They are a chance to analyze and interpret all the ups and downs and emotions that a race can bring.

Let's go back to 5 years ago. When I was a pack a day smoker. When I worked in a nightclub and spent my days sleeping until 4, only to wake up, get ready, and go get a beer and shot of Jameson before my shift at 10 pm that night. It was a vicious cycle, but it was all I knew. After spending 12 years in the service industry, drinking and sleeping were the two things that were just part of the deal. But about 4 years ago I made the shift into a healthier lifestyle, which included quitting smoking and eventually becoming sober.

And now my life is full of early morning swimming, long bike rides on the weekends and running at every chance I can get. I have also surrounded myself with a crew of people who have similar goals and aspirations, and I must say, life is great. I feel more mentally strong than I ever have before, and the physical transformation was a happy byproduct of this change. Which brings me to where I am today.

This time last year I decided I wanted to do something that most people would never dream of doing. I wanted to complete 140.6 miles in under 17 hours. Call me crazy, but that sounds like one hell of a dream. ...

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