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By Joe Adrieans (triadrieans.com)


Maple Grove Olympic Triathlon was the first time I have ever raced a true Olympic distance triathlon.  I wasn't sure what to expect other than to just let it all hang out.  Absolute red line the entire day.  So that's what I did.

Lead Up
I had been building some really good bike and run fitness for Ironman 70.3 Worlds prior to this race, so I was feeling pretty good on that front.  The only issue was some nagging lower back pain from ramping up the bike volume after Chisago.  Thanks to Dana at Podium Sports and Dr. Michael at Premier Sports and Spine, I was able to tow the line!  Thank you both so much for keeping my body race ready!

The strategy was simple: swim my arms off, bike my legs off, and hang on for dear life on the run....

MMA Guest Speaker: RBM!



The MTN, MMA and Gear West Bike & Triathlon folks are proud to announce that Rochester pro triathlete RUTH BRENNAN MORREY will be the guest speaker at the Tri Night '17 / Minnesota Multisport Awards Party on November 4. Check out RBM's awesome bio, and if you haven't registerd for Tri Night yet, we're confident that you will after your read this.


Ruth Brennan Morrey’s triathlon sporting history is certainly a nontraditional one! A former Division I student-athlete at University of Wisconsin-Madison, RBM was recruited to the Big 10 Badger soccer powerhouse program, played midfield/forward, and co-captained the team in 1998. College summer months were spent playing for the Chicago Cobras semi-professional soccer team. After four years of NCAA eligibility, RBM took a marathon training class to stay in shape and finished third at the Madison Marathon with a 3:15 time. Intending to break the 3 hour barrier at Grandma’s marathon in 1999, she mistakenly qualified for the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials (2:48:20) instead. At the Olympic trials in Colombia, South Carolina, she placed 34th/210 qualifiers, with a time of 2:48:17. ...

It Took a Village...



By Nikki Dostert Sudberry (Facebook)


IRONMAN LOUISVILLE RACE REPORT - So I became an Ironman on Sunday evening:) I've put in almost a year of training and it paid off big time. I say that because I had a friggin blast! The last 6 miles of the run I knew I would come in under 13 hours and it kept me focused- other than that it was amazing; high hives, laughs, hugs, ass slaps and even dancing. It was a party. It was my reward for months of training.

This is my opportunity to thank those that helped me not only complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run- but to do it and train for it all while having the time of my life:)

First and foremost- my family and close friends. I made training my job and this training affected my time with you. Thank you for letting me put myself first.

My coach, Kris Swarthout from FinalK. My day would NOT have gone this smooth if you didn't push me for the last 10 months. From my first century ride with you and Mike Ladendorf to my first velodrome lesson and cyclocross race- you have pushed me to #bebetter which meant me taking 5th in my AG on the bike in my first Ironman. For so many reasons, Thank you.

Teresa Zimbric Briest- what can I say? I really couldn't swim before I met you. I remember coming out of a sprint triathlon at Waconia last year and Jerry MacNeil was announcing. I came out LAST out of the...

Joe, Nathan, Jordan & Andy....




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..



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) ....

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