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Holy Buckets & Maple Syrup...

claire (Facebook Photo - Claire Bootsma before the surgery.)

ED. We asked Buffalo Olympic winners, Claire Bootsma and Jon Balabuck to comment on their performances. Here are their words.

By Claire Bootsma

Holy buckets, was that race ever fun!

I had some feelings of trepidation leading up to Buffalo as I had not previously competed in any race

Ivy Covered Triathlon...

manitouManitou Preview - Gosh, there's a lot going on on the Minnesota tri scene this weekend. There are two great events that are relatively young, Liberty on Saturday and Trinona on Sunday.

And there is another race, one with a storied history dating back to the Bush era. Not that Bush, his dad. The one who was the husband of the lady who looks like George Washington; not her son.

Yup, the Manitou Triathlon will be celebrating its 22nd birthday on Sunday at White Bear Lake's beautiful Ramsey County Beach. The lake itself has had shrinkage problems for the last several years but has begun a remarkable recovery. Gee, what a gorgeous body of water...

Missing the Girls...

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Photos - L- R - Marlo, Brook, Shelley, Jenny S., Kat & reptilian friend, and Kort's kids...

Feature - A testament to how much female tri talent there is in our state is the fact that this year, perhaps more than any other, Minnesota is without so many of its best multisportswomen, yet there are still plenty of talented girls to rock the regional scene. Claire and Michelle and Suzie have, as they say in ball and puck sports, stepped up. Additionally, 2004 Minnesota Triathlete of the Year Becky Youngberg is returning to the scene after a multi-year maternity and life interruptions layoff....

Speed and Serotonin...

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Facebook Photos L - R - Lila Tully (can you believe she's 60!), the incognito Cheryl Zitur & Gabby Keller and Gunther. These girls set some awesome records at Buffalo last Sunday.

Race Coverage Stuff - Sunday was a record-setting day. Warm, without being too hot. Breezy; enough to facilitate evaporation but not enough to slow one down. Clear and sunny; enough to lift spirits of a chronic malcontent....

A Tonage of Newsy Notesy Stuff...

my first* Hey Tri Vets, tell your timid wannabe tri friends that there are now three unintimidating events designed just for them. They're called MY FIRST TRI. Here's the scoopage:

WHAT IS IT?

A 400 yard swim, 10 mile bike and 2 mile run

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