Team Minnesota Throwback...





By Suzie Fox

Now that the Minnesota multi-sport season is over it is time to stop competing against each other and have a little fun together. With a little help from the women of Team Minnesota 2014, I have put together a Women's Team Minnesota Throwback....

Minnesotans Tackle Ironman Arizona...Updated..Updated Again...

AZ-swim-start.gifIRONMAN ARIZONA -

Monday -

- CATHY YNDESTAD - 4th female amateur overall - 2nd 35-39W - 56:24-5:21:29-3:42:39 - 10:05:52

- STEPHANIE PETERSON - 1:15:16 - 6:27:08 - 4:06:20 - 11:59:43

- SCOTT HEDIN - 1:35:20 - 7:46:06 - 6:38:37 - 16:14:45

4:15 PM (MST) - While CY did not achieve her goal of breaking 10-hours, she came dang close. MTN congratulates her on her 10:05:52, which lowered her 2007 PR (Florida) by seven minutes.

Ultimately, Cathy placed 3rd overall among the amateur women, with Chicago's Amanda Wendorff prevailing in 9:59:34, and 52-year-old former Olympic marathoner Colleen De Reuck of Boulder, Colorado. We believe that the RSA transplant's 10:04:45 is the fastest IM time ever by a 50-plusser.

1:00 PM - Yndestad and Wendorff come off the bike together. Two miles into the run Wendorff pulls ahead, but not by much. Here's the breakdown so far: CY - S - 56:24 - B - 5:21:27 / Wendorff - S - 59:02 - B- 5:19:06.


11:40 AM (MST) - As expected, CY is being challenged by fellow Midwesterner Amanda Wendorff (Chicago). These women are evenly matched at long distance. Cathy's lead at 90 miles is about 40-seconds. Wendorff is highly motivated after her DNF at Kona. She is also a strong runner....

Off Week. Not a Week Off...

hl-pool.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Like I mentioned in my last post, I hadn’t taken a week off of swimming yet, so very last minute on the way to the gym two Mondays ago I decided it was time for an “off week” at the pool. I changed up my normal routine to give myself a break from the usual grind, no worrying about speed or times just swim.  Mostly I was trying to keep a decent base so you’ll see the true distance swimmer in me came out as my sets were long, repetitive and what some may consider boring. That said, you still might see some bits and pieces you’d like to try and add to your workouts. Check out what I did:

Guessing For Candy...

CY-dive.gifWho is the little girl in the photo?

Here's a hint: She grew up to become a star triathlete. In fact, she is on 2014 Team Minnesota. Who is she? Use the Comment feature below to let us know who you think it is.

Another hint: It's either Heather Lendway, Dani Fischer, Cathy Yndestad, Suzie Fox, Elaine Nelson, Diane Hankee, Nicole Heininger, Christina Roberts or Bridget McCoy.

Suzie Fox sent MTN baby or childhood photos of all the abovementioned women, and threw in a shot of Ruth Brennan Morrey for good measure. We will publish all of those photos on Sunday and we encourage everyone to guess who's who, either here or on MTN's Facebook page.

This is sooooo fun. FYI, the MTN Guys were only able to correctly guess THREE of the women. If anyone can guess seven or more correctly, we'll give them some Fun Size Snickers the next time we see them.

"...Wired With Excitement"...

ryan-and-host.gifBy Ryan Bailey

LTF Oceanside Race Report:
The Oceanside Triathlon was just six weeks away when I decided to sign up. The next few weeks would bring an exciting rollercoaster of training to get ready for the race.  About a month before the tri, I noticed a twinge in my Achilles, something that I have struggled with in the past. I backed off on running and worked harder in swimming and cycling.  I knew I had to keep my running sharp so I added a tempo or two per week. Running only two days a week made the pain subside and I was soon able to train at full strength. The set-back motivated me and I was feeling ready to roll.

I landed in California Friday evening. I went straight to my hosts, who graciously made me dinner and drove me somewhere I could shake out my legs after the long day of travel. I slept great Friday night and had my pre- race run done before the sun was up.  After the run and breakfast, I assembled my bike and made sure everything was working properly. My host drove me to packet pickup and T1 to drop off my bike to avoid any fuss in the morning. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and mentally preparing for the race, which made me rather nervous. I tried to get rid of the nerves by...

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