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"Fun Size" Duathlon...

cascade-falls-guys.gif(Photo - CFD medalists, from L to R: Tom Couillard, who's into Kacey Musgrave's music, the insanely handsome Ron Dockery, who had a "heart thing" a few years back, but he's fine now, Shelly Tschida, AKA "The Pride of Vadnais Heights," whose last name sounds like "cheetah," not "Shy-da" like the lake in North Dakota, and Michel Sanders, who has 34 teeth and is into "Westerny" stuff. Great folks!)

By Warren Peece

Cascade Falls Du - The final outdoor multisport race on the Minnesota calendar was last Saturday and it was a goodie. Not large, only 61 finishers, it was the special event equivalent of a "Fun Size" candy bar. Whatever it is that makes little candy bars more "fun" than the bigger ones, was probably what made the Cascade Falls Duathlon more fun ...

Triathlete of the Year: Men...

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Minnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the official nominees for 2014 Male Triathlete of the Year:

SEAN COOLEY, 28, Grand Forks, ND - Sean's resume is highlighted by three wins. Additionally, he established himself as one of our region's best 70.3 racers.

BROOKS GROSSINGER, 37, Mayer - Brooks won four of the seven multis he did in 2014, setting course records in two of them. He excelled in dus as well as tris....

RUTHER ROCKS IN TENNESSEE!!!!...Updated...

Ironman Chattanooga - Gotta change our pants! Rochester's RUTH BRENNAN MORREY just popped at 9:09:39 (!) at her first ever IM at Chattanooga, placing 2nd in the women's field. She closed with a 3:02 run! Wow! - RESULTS LINK

UPDATE: We have also learned that 2013 Superior Man winner KRISTIN GUSTAFSON of Mankato, PRed at Chattanooga. Her time was 10:35:46. Very cool!

Epic in Oregon...

lewica-family.gifBy Amy Lewica (Lewicafamily.weebly.com)

Leadman Epic 250 - Bend Race Report - In order to do this race report justice I think I have to go back to why I wanted to do this race in the first place.  I was searching for a challenge…but something I enjoyed doing.  I ran a terrible half marathon on little training last year and ended up wanting/needing something else.  A friend told me about Leadman…perfect race for me…according to him….long swim, long bike, and relatively short run.  I toyed with the idea for a couple of months.  I then talked to me husband and each of my kids separately and they all said to go for it! ...

Breaking 40!

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By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

ONE LAST TRI RACE REPORT - The week leading into One Last Tri my body was feeling sluggish. All week I felt like I struggled through my workouts. My nagging hamstring pain that usually wears off a few blocks into a run seemed to stick with me throughout each run. My workout notes for swim, bike AND run looked like a week taken out of my notebook from a year ago. When the announcer asked how I was feeling race morning I gave him a shoulder shrug. I know my body has felt heavy and tired before many races where I’ve performed well, but the stats on this week weren’t looking great.

I signed up for One Last Tri to make the season last as long as possible. At this point my big races were done and I could really concentrate on having fun while racing. Sunday morning was a cool 45-ish, but I was well prepared for this with multiple layers of pants and shirts, a jacket, a sweatshirt, a hat and mittens. I got to transition around 6:30 when it opened, quickly dropped my bike and headed back to the car to stay warm for a while....

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