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Catching Up With Michelle...

michelle_pastry.pngED. A few days ago we FB messaged Ironwoman MIchelle Andres to tell her we miss her, and to see what she is up to, and what she has planned for 2017. This was her reply. Enjoy.

Hi!!! What a treat to hear from you! I'm doing fantastic! Life is good. I've had a blog update on my to do list for a good 6 months now. I'm going to get around to posting one. I keep writing and I'm pretty sure I have a short novel by now. Currently, I'm just loving being a mom. It's hard to believe in just 3 years Lee and I will he empty nesters and then I'll be back rocking those masters age group races as best I can. This year my focus is on casual running races. I jumped into a marathon last weekend to get a good training run in and plan to do Fargo in a few weeks. I'm just looking to secure a spot for Boston next year. I did get a good enough time on my training run so I considered bailing on Fargo, but then the voice of IM, Mike Reilly, is announcing so I might as well go for it and get my free sweatshirt.

Duathlon Month...

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May is Duathlon Month in Minnesota. Five great races. Okay, we're fudging a little. The first du--FALLS--is actually on April 29.

Two of the five--FALLS and CINCO DU MAYO--have been contested. Next up is Saturday's OAKDALE DUATHLON at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, followed the next Saturday by the GEAR WEST DU. And the Saturday after that is APPLE....

Cruser Crushes at Cinco....

CarrieHinners3rd.pngCINCO DU MAYO - WADE CRUSER kicked off his 2017 multisport season with a race record victory at Cinco Long Course. His 1:20:48 over the hilly 3-20-3 route lowered SAM JANICKI's 2011 CR by an impressive 1:02.

For Cruser, winner of the Most Improved award in 2016, the W was the 7th of his career. He was pushed on Saturday by 2013 and 2015 Cinco champ BRIAN SAMES, who after spending 2016 in the Chicago area, appears to have returned to Minnesota. We hope the three-time Team Minnesota member is back to stay.

ANDY ZABEL, CHRIS TATTON and JUSTIN CUMMINS rounded out the formidable men's Top 5.

Due to some scoring questions, we are unable to comment on the women's long course race.

In the short course race, STEVE STENZEL not only picked up his third win here, he did so in his fastest time yet. He covered the 2-10-2...

Sauk Rapidsians Kick Butt at COLT...

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CHAIN OF LAKES TRIATHLON - The 16th edition of this race happened yesterday. Racing conditions were favorable (55-60 degrees, light wind, sunny) and 63 athletes crossed the finish line....

10 "Truths"....

fog_swim.pngTen Truths of No-Bullshit Triathlon Training...

By Tom Demerly (tomdemerly.com)

Triathlon is big business now. With profits to earn and gadgets to sell how do you cut through the marketing haze and decide what really gets you to the finish line?

There are 2,377 books about triathlon on Amazon.com. An online seminar, a Facebook page and- bam, anyone is a triathlon coach. Add triathlon forums, that guy with an M-Dot tattoo dispensing advice and the amount of bullshit heaped on new triathletes is harder to cut through than the swim pack at Lake Placid....

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