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holtRace Preview - Historically, Heart of the Lakes Triathlon has attracted an (amateur) field that was as deep, often deeper, than those lured by the larger and more nationally renown Life Time-Minneapolis Triathlon.

That will not be the case this year. The races are on the same weekend--next weekend--and LT-Mpls will clearly have the more talented of the two fields. Minnesota's premier triathletes --Hedge, PP, Payne, CY, Boots, Ruth, all of whom are worthy of USAT AOY consideration--will be at Lake Nokomis, not Annandale. (PS - Kortney Haag, Steph Solfelt and David Holden will also be at Life Time.)

This, however, will not diminish HOLT.

Exciting Stuff...

guys(Photo - Matt, Patrick and Dan. These dudes, in any order, might claim all three Elite Amateur podium spots at the 11th Annual Minneapolis Tri on Saturday.)

Race Preview - The 11th annual LIFE TIME-MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON is Saturday and will feature deeper than usual, and that's saying a lot, Professional and Elite Amateur fields. As of last Thursday, 44 pros had enrolled. We can't tell you exactly how many EAs will be on hand, but the Minnesota contingent will be stronger than ever, and, we believe, will dominate most of the boys and girls Top 10 spots.

Though Saturday's pro field is larger than usual and expected to grow, it will be without several of its iconic regulars. Three-time champ Matty Reed, for instance, will not be...

Nate Almost Got "Spoused"....UPDATED...

coupleRace Coverage - The 29th edition of the Elysian Triathlon was contested beneath a sullen sky, one which, like a pouting child, alternated between periods of silent seething and tantrumical outbursts.

Okay. That was a rather overwritten way of saying that sometimes it rained; sometimes it didn't.

And no, "tantrumical" is not a real word. "Tantrum" does not have an official adjectival form.

Not only was there off-and-on showers in Elysian last Saturday, it was windy and disturbingly chilly. The temp in that bucolic community reached 99 on Friday. It never got above 65 dank degrees during the race. The climatological discrepancy felt a little creepy, sort of apocalyptic-ish....

Weekend Stuff...

gretaWeekend Stuff - David Thompson finished an impressive 4th this morning at the New York City Triathlon. MTN also congratulates Greta Simpson (photo) on her 4th place finish at the Pardeeville Triathlon (WI) on Saturday.

Though results are not posted as yet, we will cover Saturday's 29-year-old Elysian Triathlon tomorrow. FYI, Olympian / 3-time Minneapolis Triathlon winner Sarah Haskins was there. Guess who won?

We have no idea what happened at the Balaton FunFest Triathlon on Saturday. Do you? If so, fill us in, okay?

Hangin' With Uncle Randy...

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Race Coverage - Uncle Randy's newest multi, the ZTRI, took place on the shore of picturesque

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