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"I am an Ironman"....

collage.gifED. Great weather and great racing at Lake Elmo Park Reserve this morning. Words and photos on Monday. RESULTS

By Nicole Heininger

Ironman Wisconsin Race Report - Not sure where to even start...I'm an Ironman. I worked hard this past year to accomplish something I knew would bring me a new challenge in life. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." I made sacrifices to work towards this goal and I thank all my friends who have understood and stuck with me. I thank my family for being supportive and believing in me when sometimes I questioned myself and my abilities.

I also am beyond appreciative to all of my triathlete friends, far more experienced than myself for the continuous advice and guidance (there are too many to name but you know who you all are)!  The volunteers and crowd support was truly amazing and like none I've ever experienced before. I could honestly write a novel about this experience but the end has yet to come.

I am so so grateful I completed my first IM and I couldn't have felt better throughout. In no way am I disappointed in my own performance as I ran across that finish line, crushing my goal time. (Yes those pics are lipstick on my mirror). I included them to show what my goal finish time and splits were when I started training. Swim 1:10:00, T1 5:00, bike 5:45:00, T2 5:00, run 4:30=11:35:00....actual=11:10:16. Most would think this is great, I do too, but I'm also ready for my next challenge...break 11:00:00....

Grand Athletes...

neil-king-worlds.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - In alphabetical order here are the men and women who are being considered for nominations in the GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR category, which applies to men age-60 and above, and women age-55 and over.

NEIL KING, 64, Nevis (photo L) - A nomination would be Neil's third in this category. (2014 Highlight: Bronze medal at Worlds.)

HANK LARSEN, 73, Glencoe - Hank has been nominated twice. (2014 Highlight: Divisional Course Record at Oakdale Duathlon)

DEB ROBERTS, 61, Nisswa - (2014 Highlights: Divisional CRs at Buffalo Olympic, Liberty Olympic, Lake Minnetonka)

BILL SCHMITT, 60, Duluth - (2014 Highlights: Divisional CRs at Buzz Ryan, Brewhouse Sprint and Z-Tri.)...

"...Letting My Body Do What It knows How To Do"...

row-h.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

EDMONTON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RACE REPORT - After USAT Nationals last year I paid the required $50 to reserve my spot for racing at the World Championships in Edmonton, 2014. My training this season was focused around my Olympic distance races leading up to Worlds with each race being a dress rehearsal, giving me the opportunity to fine-tune my race execution and make tweaks to the training and rest regimen.

At the beginning of the season I was nervous for my big races but as the season moved on I learned to manage those pre-race nerves. As Edmonton approached I knew I had done all the work I could and I just had to let my body do what it knows how to do.

Patrick and I flew into Edmonton on Friday. With the Olympic Distance race being Monday, I figured it would be plenty of time to get settled in. Unfortunately our...

A Great Race With Convenient Parking...

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ONE LAST TRI PREVIEWETTE - OLT Race Director Jane Deppert sent us an early list of registrants and we almost wet ourselves. The event will feature its deepest field yet and boast what is sure to be a record turnout....

Getting Chapped & IMOO Notes...

kristinas-dog.gif14th SQUARE LAKE HALF - Red Wing's CHAP ACHEN and Onalaska, Wisconsin's MAGGIE FOURNIER went off the front on Sunday at Square Lake XIV. Chap did his off-the-front going during the bike segment; Maggie waited until the run to do so. The result was a 12:03 margin of victory for Achen, and a 9:21 win for Fournier.

Chap's time was 4:15:43 and his win was his third in five starts this season. Yes, he is receiving serious Master of the Year consideration.

The men's runner-up was 2013 Rookie of the Year nominee LARRY HOSCH, who was making his long course debut. We suspect that he was pleased with his 4:27:48, a great rookie effort.

The final men's podium spot went to ANDREW GISLASON (4:36:49), whose performance avenged his mechanical DNF at Superior Man.

The other two women's podium spots went to LISA CAMPBELL (5:01:49) of Suamico, Wisconsin, and Maple Grove's KRISTINA HEDBERG (5:13:03). Kristina...

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