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Racing in Hot Weather Doesn't Have to Suck...

running-in-heat.gifATTENTION:  Liberty RESULTS. Words and pics on Tuesday.

By Angie Anderson (usatriathlon.org)

There is a lot of information out there on how to race in the heat. Common heat acclimatization protocols have athletes training in saunas or in the highest heat of the day. If your big race is likely going to take place in high temperatures with full sun, these race-day tips will surely make the event more comfortable. You may not be able to beat the heat, but with a little bit of planning, you can certainly manage it better.

Below are a number of strategies to help you keep your cool on a tough, hot day. Experience in the heat of battle has proven that these tips will make your day a little less steamy!  ...

Liberty XI Stuff...

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LIBERTY HALF - The weather for the 2014 Liberty Half and Olympic tris was yucky, still the event was awesome and the race was exciting. Somehow, Matt Payne managed to set a course record (4:02:46)...

Two Win Weekend For O'Connor....

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PIGMAN SPRINT - David Thompson is closing in on career victory number-100, a milestone he could, health permitting, reach before the 2015 season is over. On Sunday, he picked up victory number-94 at Pigman Sprint....

Lisa Must Have Said Something Naughty...

trinona-girls.gifTRINONA – Lisa Lendway just missed a spot on Team Minnesota last year. This season, though, she’s emerged as one of our region’s brightest stars, winning three of the five races she’s entered thus far, two in CR times.

Lisa’s most recent triumphant happened last Sunday in lush Winona at Trinona VII. Winner of the Sprint race here in 2014, she was hoping for a podium in this year’s Olympic. A win was possible, but not assumed.

Gaby Bunten, who would finish 2nd, and pre-race favorite Suzie Fox, who grabbed 3rd, were the women to beat. In the end, Lendway would claim a 58-second margin of victory over Bunten....

Dylan Dominates & Nelson Repeats...

dylan.gifBUFFALO OLYMPIC – We predicted that Elaine Nelson would repeat as champion at Buffalo Olympic and the lean Duluthian complied.

What we didn’t predict was how hard it would be for her to win. She had to overtake Kortney Haag, who had a huge lead coming out of T2. Unfortunately, Haag’s run split was far from what she had hoped it would be. She was overtaken by the former collegiate runner after mile five of the 10K.

In the end, only 17 seconds separated the two national level triathletes. FYI, the win was the 12th of Nelson’s career and second in three starts thus far in 2015. If her racing volume is sufficient this season—she typically races less frequently than the other top women—we would be surprised if she didn’t receive a TOY nomination....

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