Sam, Hilary, Michelle, Gwen, Matt, Marcus, Alex, Andi Rock Out...

kjersten(Photo - Transplanted Coloradan--we think?--Kjersten Buzek finished 4th on Saturday at New Bri, just three seconds out of third.)

New Bri VIII - Hilary Patzer collected her 5th career victory last Saturday at the 8th annual New Bri Tri. She finished 41 seconds ahead of runner-up Gillian Auslander and 1:15 ahead of podium rounder-upper Shelley Ostrander. Patzer, aka "Acupuncture Lady," and Auslander, who remains fiercely devoted to her collegiate Alma Mater, Auburn University (Go War Eagles!), finished 1-2 here in 2012, as well.

As predicted, the men's race for the top spot was a battle between 2010 Rookie of the Year runner-up, Sam Janicki, and 2012 ROY runner-up, Brian Sames. Sam prevailed by a 22-second margin thanks largely to a superior swim split and brisker transitions. Third place was earned by Gerard Butler lookalike Rossy Weinzierl.....

Unearned DNF....& Results Links...

idED. Links to weekend results appear at the end of this post.

By Bonnie Benriptoff

Somebody stole my identity. That was their first mistake.

I don

Jenny's Cool New Thing & Minneman Stuff...



ED. On Wednesday we received this email from star triathlete (13 career multisport victories) Jenny Wilcox:

Hi MTN Guys,

How are you doing? I bet you

A Peachy Apple...


By Ben Ewers (benewers.blogspot.com)

Saturday May 25th had the running of the 31st APPLE DUATHLON in Sartell, Minnesota. A well respected race, it has hosted the USAT Duathlon National Championships in past years, and was a USAT section qualifier for the ITU Worlds this year. Approximately 440 signed up for the event, interestingly there were about 50 entrants over the age of 60. The lengths were 5k, 33k, 5k. The podium awards consist of a polished red granite apple, symbolic of the granite mining in the area.

This has been an awkward spring for Minnesota, with the ice staying in the lake well into late April. The forecast was for 50 degrees and showers, slightly warmer than the local lake temperatures. At least it was a duathlon and not a triathlon. And, it did not rain on our parade, but remained cool, overcast with slight winds and conducive for fast times....

Bad Race, Bad Spring, Bad Toe...

toesBy Dan Hedgecock (danhedgecock.blogsot.com)

I never finished a blog after St. Anthony's. I started one a few times but I didn't have much to say. I had high hopes for the race and then swam so poorly I got beaten by a girl. I've become familiar with the ups and downs of racing, thankfully, and after such a disappointing race I just had to put it behind me and get back to training.

With a little more time and another good race under my belt I can revisit St. A's. I swam awfully which wasn't a surprise with the waves. The last half of the swim went farther out into Tampa Bay and the swells were 4 to 5 feet high. I haven't gotten good enough at swimming to do well in rough conditions. But I also raced terribly on the bike and run. I just felt like I had nothing in my legs. I've only run slower than I did at St. A's (34:41) once and it was at my very first triathlon in 2010 (34:57 on a much harder run course). There's nothing more disappointing than...

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