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Unlike most Minnesota multisporters, CATHY YNDESTAD's tri season is not over. IN fact, she has two more races to do, the first of which is the Life Time - Soma Half IM on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona, the second at Ironman Arizona on November 16.

The winningest woman in Minnesota multisport history, CY won the Soma race last year and if she repeats as champion this time around, she will not only have collected her 71st career tri/du win, the discussion as to whether her name should be added to the list of 2014 Long Distance Athlete of the Year will be reopened. With her wins at Leadman Epic - 125 last spring and her overall victory at HITS-Waconia two months ago, she had already garnered support from some of the MMA Committee members. A win, or a very fast time, i.e. breaking 4:40, on Sunday would probably secure for her an official nomination.

On Sunday afternoon, MTN will post coverage of her performance....

Kort's Kona...

kort-and-fam.gifBy Kortney Haag


As I am sitting here contemplating foam rolling the thought of it terrifies me...I am not too sore in the legs but my body is sore from the beat up I took on my fall on the bike Saturday. Getting to Kona was a dream I have had since the first time I decided to do an Ironman. My first Ironman in 2012 at Wisconsin didn’t go as planned as I had GI issues through the whole run. I figured out what I needed to change in 2013 and placed first in my age group and second overall amateur that year. It is funny how things work out for a reason because in 2002 Derek and I came to Kona, HI for our honeymoon. Little did we know that the Ironman race was going on the next day. I still remember walking through the King Kamehameha hotel wondering what all these fit looking people were doing. We got up the next morning and watched the whole race unfold and were in awe of these amazing athletes. We didn’t get into the sport of triathlon for a long time after but I knew I wanted to come back and do this race someday. What is even more special is that this is our golden anniversary, for 12 years I have been married to my best friend....

LOOKING BACK ON 2014...

heather-home.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Now that the season is over it’s time to step back and reflect on the year. What did I accomplish? Did I reach my goals? What did I learn? What went well for me and what didn’t? What do I need to improve on for next year?

What did I accomplish?

In a 19-week season, I raced 13 times. I won all 12 of my non-drafting races and I placed second in the one draft legal race I competed in.   I won the USAT Olympic Distance National Championship for the second year in a row in the fastest time in championship history, breaking my previous record. A few weeks later I won the Olympic Distance World Championships overall.   I set nine course records, breaking them by close to four minutes, on average. I was the fastest female swimmer at every race except Nationals.  I ran sub 6:30 pace for every sprint race, I broke 6:00 pace on a sprint 5K and was finally sub 40 (sub 6:30) for a 10K.

Did I reach my goals?  ....

2014 RACE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS...

s-man-logo.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Voting for TRIATHLETES CHOICE 2014 RACE OF THE YEAR concluded at midnight on Sunday. Forty-nine events received votes, 46 of which were actually for eligible races. As usual, Ironman Wisconsin received a handful of votes.

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This year's top vote-getters have won before. In alpha order, here are the five finalists for 2014 Race of the Year (with the year's of their prior wins):

LAKE MINNETONKA (2009)...

Transition Week...

trainersetup.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com - 10/8/14)

Last week I took it easy to recover from Ironman Chattanooga. I feel more or less normal this week and am getting back into a training routine but not going full gas yet. I’m calling it a transition week. Would I feel this normal if I had run faster at Chattanooga? Probably not. The upside of blowing up is you’re not as beat up. Unrelated, the weather here has taken a turn and it’s gotten pretty brisk outside. I’m anticipating quite a bit of trainer riding preparing for Ironman Arizona.

 

Transition Week Tuesday:

 

Bike: 3hrs on the trainer. 15 min wu, 4x (15 min steady / 1 min big gear / 4 min ez) 30 min steady, 5 min ez, 20 min steady, 10 min ez. Netflix selection: Skyfall the first half and the end of Tombstone the second half. Given what happened at...

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