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Sexy & Jangus...

Barn-Bluff-63-e140389730063.gifBy Dan Hedgecock (danhedgecock.com)

Back when I did an interview with Slowtwitch, they asked me why I thought duathlon wasn’t as “sexy” as triathlon. I didn’t know the answer at the time, but have recently formulated a theory: There is no palpable fear of death during a duathlon. Sure, you could be crushed by a texting teen driver paying as much attention to the road as she does to her parents’ advice, but you don’t really feel that possibility. On the other hand putting your face into freezing cold black water with weeds that try to strangle you? Now that’s scary.

I’ve come to this conclusion because I recently engaged in a sport much, much “sexier” than triathlon: rock climbing. Rock climbing is about 10x sexier than triathlon. A sport where you have to properly utilize a rope to not die? Very sexy. Here’s a few more reasons why rock climbing is super sexy:

* It’s possible that the rock you’re are clinging to for dear life could dislodge and crush your head....

Runnin' Down a Dream...

eric-IM.gifED. Do you know Eric Engel? He's a triathlete from Wisconsin who relocated to Minnesota in the last year. He placed 3rd at Liberty Half last month.

By Eric Engel (ironmandiary.com)

Ironman Coeur D'Alene Race Report - Wow. Where do I begin. I’ve had a dream for the past 6 years of one day qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, HI. This past weekend at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, I took the next step on my way to fulfilling this long-awaited dream. With a time of 9:36:43, I finished first in the Men’s 25-29 Age group and qualified for the IRONMAN World Championships this October.....

Minnesota's Original "Destination Triathlon"...

T1-Timber.gifTIMBERMAN PREVIEW - Many of Minnesota's coolest multisport races are staged in rural or semi-rural areas, places that don't have enough athletes to justify staging a race. These locales, e.g. Green Lake in Spicer, Leech Lake in Walker, Lake Bemidji and Pokegema Lake, lure athletes from elsewhere, especially the state's urban areas because they are "Destination" races. Travelers are happy to book hotel rooms and eat in restaurants because the total experience is so much more than an athletic challenge. Words like "aesthetic" and "recreational" and "getaway" and "vacation" apply.

Saturday's Timberman, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary, is Minnesota's original "Destination Triathlon." Billed as our state's "Premier" DT, it is the model for all such events that have followed. (Moreover, the event is proudly produced by an entirely volunteer staff.)

T-Man has earned its reputation and richly deserves its iconic status. It saddens us, though, that it shares its date with our state's largest triathlon as well as...

Graniteman Turns 10!

hill.gifGRANITEMAN - CLEARWATER PREVIEW - This event, the original Graniteman, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend. It's first five editions were staged in Rockville, after which it relocated to its current home in Clearwater. One of four races that will happen on Saturday--No races are slated for Sunday. What's up with that?--G-Man is the only one that is not experiencing declining enrollment.

Bill and the G-Man Events Gang must be doing something right.

Who do we think will win at Clearwater?

The obvious choice for women, based on the enrollment list we perused, is Nicole Heininger, the 2013 Minnesota Rookie of the Year, who is coming off a big victory at Lake Waconia. A win on Saturday would be the fifth of her young career....

Off The Front...

M-Payne-BOUS.gifPhoto - Great artsy-fartsy YndeCam shot of Matt Payne winning the Best of the US Championship.)

 

13th Annual MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON - Elite Amateur Men - Two of the early frontrunners for 2014 USAT Athlete of the Year nominations are 22-year-old Steve Mantell of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Matthew Payne of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Though Payne is undefeated in six starts thus far, Mantell probably has the AOY edge at the moment because he has excelled in major "national" events.

Check out Steve's sterling 2014 resume:

- 1st amateur @ Boulder 70.3 - 3:58

- 1st amateur @ Escape From Alcatraz (5th overall)

- 1st amateur @ Havasu Triathlon

- 1st amateur / 3rd overall @ USAT Collegiate Nationals (Olympic)

- 3rd overall @ USAT Collegiate Sprint Nationals....

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