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danGoing Off Course - Waconia teacher / baseball guy / triathlete who doesn't dive very well, Dan Chies (pronounced "Chess;" it's a Castilian deal), has big calves and small ears, which he claims are features that chicks really dig. Also, he used to be about 50 pounds heavier than he is now, a condition he remedied by becoming an addicted triathlete.

Dan, 29, is in a relationship right now, which means that he's not married yet and thus still lives kinda like a college student. If he does get hitched it is likely that his spousal unit will insist that he put his laundry away in a timely fashion and, for godsakes, stop drinking out of the carton.

Dan's taste in music is rather eclectic, featuring hard metal and belligerent hip hop, though it does not include country. When researching his musical preferences we landed on "10 Years'" website. Heretofore unfamiliar with their stuff, we were soon blown away by "Beautiful," a brilliant slam on societally encouraged vanity, and the awesome "Wasteland," which deals with ....

Backwards Ticking Clock...

hold breathBy Bonnie Breatholder

Recently the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race lottery draw occurred. Many hopefuls were anxiously waiting at their computers, drumming nervous fingers on their desks, furiously instant messaging friends who had also put their names in the hat. Some of them even had queasy stomachs, unable to tear themselves away from the looming announcement even so much as use the bathroom; their eyes were burning holes into their computer screens. That

Event Upgrades & Sagely Advice...

logoBrett - Gear West Bike's bodacious Blogmeister - recently chatted with Coach Kris,

Cool Random Stuff...

half fast* Weekend Recommendations - Check out the 2nd annual Half Fast Half Marathon (plus half of a half & 5K) on Saturday in Vadnais Heights on Saturday. INFO & REG. Produced by Tri Fitness, the zany folks who bring you the Cinco Du Mayo Duathlon, My First Tri and One Last Tri, you gotta love a race with a semi-naughty name.

On Sunday, the 2nd of four Optumhealth Performance Indoor Tris will be staged at their facility in Eden Prairie. INFO & REG. We wholeheartedly recommend this event, which will be covered by MTN....

Fat Tire Nuptials & A Cool Name....

ridge aaron(Photo - The newlywed Piddes, Ridge and Aaron.)

MTN has made it its mission to eventually post stuff about EVERY SINGLE Minnesota tri or du-athlete. Today we are sharing some words about Ridge Pidde.

We selected Ridge because we really, really like her name a lot. Her mom and dad deserve Parental Style Points for naming her Ridge. Well done, Benedums (Ridge's maiden name)!

We found lots of cool stuff about Ms. Pidde on her Facebook page. We also dug up some of her race results, which were pretty goshdarn impressive, too.

Here's some of that cool stuff:...

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