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Swimming Won't Let You Down...

emy-sit.gifBy Emy Everhart (emy-everhart.com)

So far this season I have missed two early-season multi-sport opportunities due to this medial tibial stress syndrome nuisance. I was to be run-bike-running at Falls Duathlon on April 30th, and at the Esprit de She women’s duathlon in Lakeville on May 22nd. But you already know all of that because you’ve been reading every post and are all up-to-date on my multisport life.  I didn’t race either of these as I give my leg more time to be healthy for triathlons, but it was still kind of hard to shake that feeling that there was somewhere I was supposed to be when the race days rolled around.

Anyway, although I was super bummed to miss out on these races, it’s clearly not helpful to get sucked-in by thoughts about start and finish lines I wasn’t able to cross. Rather, I’m focusing on the excitement of the rest of the season that is approaching, a season that includes 8 swim-bike-runs that I’m currently registered for, with hopefully at least 2 more September races that are yet-to-be-determined.  Generally speaking, I prefer my biking and running to be preceded by a good swim, so allow me to get romantic about swimming for the remainder of this post....

May 2016 - Athletes of the Month

dani-fingers.gifpayne-plaid.gifCan you believe that the first month of the 2016 outdoor multisport season has come and gone? Time flies when you're having fun, right?

So, who were MTN's ATHLETES OF THE MONTH for May? Based on a minimum of TWO outstanding performances, efforts that compare favorably with overall or divisional standards, set during this period, they are:

OVERALL AOMs - DANI VSETECKA, 32, Rochester, and MATTHEW PAYNE, 39, Golden Valley (photo L)

Thus far in 2016, Dani had set an amateur course record at Falls Du, and placed 2nd at Texas 70.3 (4:34:56) and in her debut at Apple against what might turn out to be the deepest women's field of the year in our state. Matt won both of the races (Gear West and Apple) he's done thus far in '16.

(Honorable Mentions - Suzie Fox, 32, Chaska, Diane Hankee, 39, Lino Lakes, and Wade Cruser, 29, Sauk Rapids, Kevin O'Connor, 44, Medina)

Love for the Buffalo Triathlon

monday-lisa.gifBUFFALO TRIATHLON PREVE - There are no shortage of outstanding triathlon venues in Minnesota. In fact, we doubt that any other state has as many great tri sites as ours does. It just doesn't get any better than Timberman's Sugar Lake venue, Heart of the Lakes in Annandale and the new site of the Brewhouse at Island Lake. In the Metro, there's Lake Marion, Lake Waconia and Lake Minnetonka, among so many others. And the Waseca Tri in southern MInnesota is special, too.

And there are sixty other great tri/du sites in our state.

At, or near the top of the "GVL" (Great Venues List) is Sturges Park in Buffalo, home  of the Buffalo Triathlon, which will celebrate its 13th anniversary next Sunday. That place looks like it was designed with triathlon in mind. It's picturesque and shady, and features an awesome amphitheatre. It is not only a great venue for racers, there isn't a more spectator-friendly race site anywhere....

Apple Observations...

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APPLE DUATHLON NOTES - Diane Hankee posted the 27th victory of her multisport career last Saturday at the Apple Duathlon. It was probably her biggest win ever. The field she beat was as deep, or deeper, than the one that raced here in 2015, which was clearly the most talented women's assemblage in the twelve year history of this course. The win required a PR effort for the ...

Duo Repeats Pattern at Apple Duathlon...

apple-runners.gif(Photo by Steve Diamond Elements)

By Frank Rajkowski (sctimes.com)

SARTELL — This is getting to be a familiar pattern for Mathew Payne and Patrick Parish.

For the second year in a row, the 39-year-old Payne was first and the 31-year-old Parish was second at the Apple Duathlon.

The race, now in its 34th year, began on an overcast Saturday morning at Sartell Middle School and drew about 270 entrants. Competitors ran 5 kilometers, biked 33, then finished with a second 5K run....

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