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Michelle's Journey...

andresPhoto by Laura Radniecki

By Shelly Summer

Sports Writer / Brainerd Dispatch

For some, the prize is in the destination, but for Michelle Andres, 34, of East Gull Lake, the journey is where all of her dreams are coming true as a triathlon champion.

Maple Grove Stuff...

leslieMaple Grove Dare to Tri III - Today's Olympic race was won by Iowa college guy Kris Spoth, who is into House MD reruns and Daft Punk, and 2010 MGO champ Cathy Yndestad, who is a fan of curling. The Sprint champs were Trevor Bunkers, a North Dakota guy who lives in the other Dakota, and Leslie Englert (photo L), who has blond hair, lives in Maple Grove, which is the 22nd most livable small city in America according to a CNN deal, and because she is 46, probably has at least one Prince album. More words and great photos on Tuesday.

Devon's 'Stache Relay...

devon"Tweet your way onto triathlon's first mustache relay"

By Devon Palmer

Thinking of calling it a year? Hold on. You have an opportunity to make history. I, Devon Palmer professional triathlete and proud mustache owner, am looking to build a mustachioed relay team for the upcoming St Croix Olympic race in Hudson on September 1st. Who do I want on my team? You. I'll do the biking and you can swim or run.

What do you have to do to make the team?

1. Join Twitter (https://twitter.com/)

2. Follow me on twitter (search for @dpalmertri and click follow)....

#12 at Whipple...

finishLakes Country Tri Preview - Marketed as the Lakes Country Tri since 2003, this race actually started in 2001, and was known initially as the Whipple Wave. The event was founded by a sweetheart-of-a-human-being-with-the-blondest-hair-in-the-history-of--well,--hair, Angela Sandelin.

The two WWTs preceding the new and improved name were won by athletes that are, unfortunately, remembered by few in Minnesota's current multisport community. North Dakota transplant, and former pro triathlete, Mike Sweeney, a great guy who looked too big to be fast, took the men's title in those races. Two-time US Duathlete of the Year Kristin Miller, who is now a star rower, was the top girl in '01; the statuesque-and-totally-lovely Anne Lee won in...

A Superior Experience...

ann(Photo - Dr. Ann Sudoh is one of the faves to win the women's title on Sunday.)

Superior Man I - This first-time event features a satisfying turn out (400ish participants) and a strong field. A handful of folks with impressive half IM creds will be racing, as well as, more interestingly, a large contingent of folks with sweet short course resumes. We're anxious to see how these athletes fare. We anticipate some breakout performances.

For giggles, here's the Whos and Whys of our predicted men's podium....

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