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Deepest Men's Field of the Season?

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LAKE WACONIA XXIX PREVIEW II - Which Minnesota race will draw the deepest men's field of the 2018 season? We'd be surprised if it wasn't Lake Waconia.

Typically, a regional elite male will come into a race targeting a spot in the Top 5, or against especially tough fields, the Top 10. At Sunday's LWT, though, there will be several guys who win races and consistently reach podiums that will not crack the Top 10. Exciting stuff.

So, who are the guys who will battle  for the top spots? 

Here are some of them, in alpha order:

JOE ADRIAENS - Runner-up for the Most Improved award last year, we think that he is ready to take his place among the best in our region.

NATHAN ANSBAUGH - After flatting at Liberty, then having Lake Minnetonka called in mid-race, LW's defending champion is itching for a big performance. Another win? It's possible, but certainly a podium.

JOSH BLANKENHEIM - Duluth's numero uno, Josh has podiumed at LW three times.

JAKE BRAAM - Runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award in 2017, he is especially hungry right now. We think he'll have to run some guys down, which he is very capable of doing, in order to land in the Top 10.

SEAN COOLEY (photo L) - He won here in 2016 in course record time. The 2017 Minnesota Triathlete of the Year is certainly one of the favorites to win on Sunday.

WADE CRUSER - Cruser has been Top 3 on Team MInnesota the last two years. He's making his LW debut.

BROOKS GROSSINGER - A two-time podium finisher here.

JOSH MORK - Josh is a wild card. Like Joe Adrieans, he appears to be ready to take his place among the elites in our region....

Cutting Losses....

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By Christina Roberts

 

Lake Minnetonka Triathlon "Race" Report.


Swim: Felt great, I absolutely love swimming in the rain. With 200m to go, I hit someone's arm and my new Garmin 935 quick release straps decided to release quickly and the watch started sinking. I stopped and spun around to see if I could catch it, but I proceeded to watch it sink to the bottom of Lake Minnetonka. Dang.


Bike: Pouring rain. Some lightening strikes. Hit a few potholes and my aero water bottle + bike computer popped off, hanging on by a tiny strap. I tried to re-connect it just to have it pop off again. I cut my losses and ditched the unit on the side of the road. Wrist watch gone, bike computer now gone! Was cruising until the half way turn-around when a volunteer told us the race was cancelled. I found out later that most people didn't even get out on the bike at all! I met up with Scott Myers and we pedaled back to transition...that was after we got lost on the way back and biked a few extra miles in the rain/lightning...

2018 Lake Waconia Stuff...

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LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON - The 29th edition of this annual classic will happen next Sunday, and while it has long been one of our state's most competitive triathlons, it is also one of the most fun. This means that recreational multisporters need not be intimidated. Those who have never done this event should come and see what all the fuss is about. They'll be glad they did....

All the "Feels"...

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By Nikki Dostert Sudberry

 

TRINONA - It’s 9:30 PM the night before our race. We had a big dilemma; do we get Domino’s delivered to the hotel or Ground Round?

We decided that having burgers and wraps would go better with our Coors. Ground Round it is!!

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