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Pulling Off the TwoFer....

logoRace Previews - Likely 2011 Triathlete of the Year nominee, Becky Youngberg, is signed up for two multis this weekend. On Saturday, she's slated to do the inaugural Graniteman-Big Lake Triathlon, a much-anticipated event produced by the cool folks who give us G-Man-Clear Lake and the G-Man Series. Big Lake replaces the Paynesville Area Tri, not because the PAT was struggling, but because BL, thanks largely to its proximity to the Twin Cities, will have more mainstream appeal. Paynesville was challenging, not just competitively, but from a travel and lodging standpoint...

A Lucky Mistake....

lakeED. We spoke with Kevin O'Connor of Gear West Bike & Triathlon on the phone on Monday. We discussed Dan Arlandson's record-setting performance at Vineman and how goshdarn cool the town of Waseca is. We asked Kevin to comment on his experience in that wonderful community last Sunday. He sent us these words:

by Kevin O'Connor

Nice talking to you this morning. Quite impressive what Dan Arlandson did down at Vineman. It was 20 years ago I did Vineman as my first Irondistance race. It was just my second tri but I was only 20 yrs of age so I didn't know any better. There was no such thing as a tri shop and with no email or internet I didn't have anyone telling me I was stupid to do it....

Game On...

emmureBy Matthew Payne (from Matthew-Payne.Blogspot.com)

I've wanted to race the Waseca 1/3-Iron since it's inception, but have never been able to work it into my schedule. June and July are usually so race-heavy that I need a bit of a mid-season break just for self-preservation. That break typically falls right around the last week of July/first week of August. This year, however, my mid-season hiatus was pushed back to early July due to the birth of my son, so instead of being all worn out and dead feeling, I've been chomping at the bit waiting to get out and race. So late last week I decided I'd finally make the trek down to Waseca and try my hand at the somewhat bizarre 1/3-Iron distance.

The Pre-Race Jams

A 7:30AM race start, ~90 minute drive, and the desire to get there a bit earlier than usual because I hadn't pre-registered adds up to a pretty damn early wake up call. For some...

Tuesday Newsy Notesy Stuff...

mosquitoturtle* TURTLES & MOSQUITOS - Registration is up and running for the 2nd annual Mosquito Man Duathlon on September 3. Mosquito Man is one of our region's coolest and most unique events, and was a finalist in last year's Race of the Year balloting.

Gear West Bike & Tri, who produces the MMD is working with ZapEvent on a special promotion to stimulate registration for the Turtleman Duathlon on August 13....

Not Quite Race Coverage...

swimBy Horace Sezbutt

Almost Race Coverage - The race announcer was totally bummed.

He backed his loaded van out of the garage of his chronically unfixed fixer-upper at precisely 3 AM on Saturday. He was anxious to hit the road. The next four hours were to be spent talking to himself, something he calls rehearsing, and drinking Diet Vernors. He figured he'd arrive at the race venue in Walker between seven and seven-thirty.

The thumping he heard when he turned from his driveway onto McKnight Road was unmis-farging-takable....

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