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AWESOME IN ANNANDALE...Updated...

holt-guys.gifHEART OF THE LAKES TRIATHLON - Dan Hedgecock and Suzie Fox became repeat Long Course champs this morning at HOLT. Hedge also won in 2011; Suzie in 2012.

David Thompson thrashed the short course CR and Nicole Cueno turned in the fastest women's SC time since 2004.

HOLT / Best of the US Offical Invitees: Men - Matthew Payne (amateur champ - 2nd overall), Marcus Stromberg (3rd overall) and Brooks Grossinger (4th overall); Women - Suzie Fox (1st), Nicole Heininger (2nd) and Christina Roberts (3rd).

The events were awesome! Words and photos on Tuesday. RESULTS ....

"...My Best Olympic Race to Date"....

hl-trans.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Life Time Tri - Minneapolis Race Report - The entire week leading into this race excitement and nerves were building. This race was going to be the biggest race to date for me this season because of a highly competitive elite amateur field and there would be a pro field racing, Saturday couldn’t arrive soon enough.

Saturday morning my alarms went off at 3:45, 3:50, and 3:55, I was up with the first alarm but always set back ups. Dad was at the house to pick me up at 4:10, I was happy to walk out of the house onto a dry sidewalk instead of torrential flooding downpours like last year....

Minnesotans Rock at Du Nats...and Other Stuff...Updated...

nats-logo.gif- USAT DUATHLON NATIONALS (Standard Distance) - Columbia Heights' Matthew Payne and McKenzie, Tennessee's Kirsten Sass were crowned amateur National Duathlon champions this morning. Sass' win was aided by Dani Fischer's two minute penalty. Four Minnesota men--Payne, Bennett Isabella (5th), Kevin O'Connor (6th) and Andy Wiberg (10th) --cracked the overall Top 10. Three Minnesota women--Diane Hankee (4th), Jenn Scudiero (7th) and Greta Danielson (10th)--did likewise.

DU NATS SPRINT UPDATE - Minnesotans Nate Hoffman, Bennett Isabella and Kevin O'Connor finished 1-2-3 in Du Nationals Sprint race this morning. ...MORE ON NEXT PAGE

Doing Them Because They are Hard...

mtt-bike-turn.gifFYI - Matthew Payne WON the USAT Duathlon National Chamionship this morning!

 

By Matthew Payne (for usatriathlon.org - blogs)

 

Duathlon and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. On the one hand, I’ve managed to get fairly good at it, and it’s always fun to do things you’re good at. Also, as someone who lives in a cold weather climate and likes to race frequently, duathlon is great in that it extends our local multisport race season about one month each direction, allowing me to squeeze in a few more races each year without the expense and hassle of airline travel. Another great thing about duathlon is that without the swim, you can of course leave the wetsuit, goggles and any other swimming gear at home. It’s always nice to have to have less junk to lug around and keep track of....

Jenn's Journey...

jenn-tape.gifBy Jenn Scudiero (for usatriathlon.com)

Running has always been part of my life. In high school, I joined the track and cross country teams. I played rugby in college and ran on my own throughout. I began running more seriously, including racing, after graduation. The year I graduated college I ran my first marathon, and then another, and another. Seven marathons later I was getting a little burned out. Running was still my passion, but I needed to add in something else to break it up a bit. That’s when my husband got me back on a bike. It made me feel like a kid again!

In 2007 I decided to combine my passion of running with my newfound passion of biking and compete in a duathlon. I chose an all-women’s duathlon, Iron Girl, as it seemed a bit less scary at the time. I instantly loved the challenge and camaraderie! I continued to race Iron Girl as well as local running races for a few more years. In 2010, I decided to focus more on duathlon. I added a few more to my racing schedule and haven’t looked back. It has become a part of my life. At the end of 2010, I became pregnant with my daughter. I ran through pregnancy, even running events until 36 weeks pregnant. I resumed duathlon racing again in 2012. I had ....

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