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Ruth, Cathy & Heather...& Open Water Swims...

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RUTHER ROCKS! - Playing serious catch-up after the swim, classy Rochester pro RUTH BRENNAN MORREY threw down on the competition with a 2:18:32 bike split and an amazing 1:18:04 run, which outsplit the next fastest female runner by 3:01, yesterday at Monterrey (MEX) 70.3. Against a world-class field, she finished in 4th place in an outstanding 4:14:09, which ...

Brian & Heiney Prevail at Oakdale...

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

 

OAKDALE DUATHLON - Racing conditions were ideal yesterday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Sunny, with a cloudless sky and light breezes. The temp at the start was 60, climbing only to 66 by the time the last finisher crossed the line.

Simply put: Saturday was a "great day to be alive and outdoors."

From a competitive standpoint is was a great day for all except the early leaders, both of whom were favored to win. WADE CRUSER was on record pace when he flatted eight miles into the bike leg. SUZIE FOX's instincts got in the way during the bike leg, resulting in a quickly corrected wrong turn, then missing a turnaround, which she also corrected in short order. (FYI - This year's courses were tweaked.) When she got back on track, though, she flatted. By that time NICOLE HEININGER, was leading and had the pedal to the floor....

El Rocketo! Unofficial Hemsworth Brother...

raymond_rod.pngRestauranteur, entrepeneur, educator, author, lecturer, endurance athlete extraordinaire. We're describing Minnesota multisport pioneer ROD RAYMOND. He looks like he's one of the Hemsworth Brothers, but he's not. What he is, though, is a HOOT!

Rod's nickname is "Rocket", or "El Rocketo" as his hispanic friends call him. 

"Rocket" a hockey nickname because he was a high school and college star in that sport, but it could also apply to his triathlon (and nordic ski and inline and road and mountain biking) prowess....

Gunning For Career Du Win #10...

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OAKDALE DUATHLON PREVE  - We rescheduled (for Saturday) our regularly scheduled post --"El Rocketo. Unofficial Hemsworth Brother"--to bring you news about Saturday's Oakdale Duathlon. Uncle Randy has recently posted his registration list and we got exciting by what we saw. The men's field is especially strong. Here are the guys that we believe will be racing for podium spots:

 

- WADE CRUSER - Defending Oakdale champ who is coming off a course record win at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course, Wade's won three of the four dus he's done so far in his career and should have been a USAT DOY HM in 2016, in our humble opinion. Unless, Matt Payne decides to pop in, Cruser is our pick to win.

- JESSON BAUMGARTNER - Iowa transplant and 2012 US DOY, the year he won Duathlon Worlds in Ottawa, Jesson is coming off a win at the Falls Du. A 5000 PR of 14:10, Baumgartner should be a threat on Saturday. His best years were 2011 and 2012, though.

- KRIS SPOTH - He has little or no background in duathlon, but has the requisite skills. He's a fast runner and cyclist and a tenacious competitor. He will affect the outcome of Saturday's race....

"My Mind Just Kinda Checked Out...Then"...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

GET IN GEAR HALF RACE REPORT - And just like that, the 2017 race season has started. The Hot Dash 10 mile has been my season opener the past two years, but my legs weren’t quite race ready a month ago. So we switched it up and instead I raced Minnesota’s annual rite of spring: the Get in Gear half marathon. I was pretty stoked, too, because most of the course – river road along the Mississippi between Minneapolis and St. Paul – is my regular long run route and my absolute favorite place to run.....

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