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"The Human Body Makes No Damn Sense"...

grumpy-old-man09.gifBy Matthew Payne (mattew-payne.blogspot.com)

(Friday, August 29) - Well damn... it's Labor Day weekend and the tri season is all but over. My July and August races were a mixed bag, although some of that is due to higher expectations from doing so unexpectedly well in the early part of the season. One of these days I'll get this periodization crap figured out and avoid peaking in early June. But until then, expect more of the following...

Lake Waconia Tri

I don't remember much about this race other than how I felt before and after it. The whole week leading up to the race I had a sore throat and just generally felt like shit. Race morning was no different and I woke up feeling like total garbage, but being a dumbass I decided to go ahead and race anyway.

I ended up racing surprisingly well given the circumstances and took the win. But the real win was that racing somehow miraculously cured my illness. I literally felt better after the race than any time in the 5 days before. And I don't mean after as in a few hours after finishing when I'm cleaned up and fed. I'm talking about standing...

Nothing Scares Her Anymore...

home-alone.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

About a week before an Ironman I start to get a little anxiety about the mass swim start, it is very violent and crowded to say the least. However after Kona and IM Cabo I am not nervous about the Wisconsin start this year. My heart rate will still be higher in the first 5 to 10 mins of the swim then it will be the entire day and I will still have to be attentive and swim defensively with my arms protecting my head. Two years ago before IM WI I was absolutely terrified of the swim start but after 3 IMs in the bank and the chaos of my last two starts I feel like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone running out his front door shouting, "Hey! I'm not afraid anymore!"              

I was trying to find footage of the mass swim start at the 2014 IM Los Cabo and I ended up finding coverage of the entire event and it makes me want to go back and race there so bad! Anyway the mass beach swim start is at 7:15 and it still gives me chills. It is beautiful and horrifying at the same time and was 5 times more frightening than a waist deep mass IM start....

Minnesota's Teen Talent...Updated...

nick-klonne.gifThe 2014 Minnesota Multisport Awards are tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 25 at Gear West Bike and Triathlon in Long Lake. Triathletes Choice Race of the Year voting will begin on September 15, as will the announcing of award nominees. Between now and then MTN will reveal the names of those whom the MMA Selectors are considering as possible nominees in the various categories.

Today we will introduce those who are being considered for 2014 Junior of the Year. These athletes need to have turned in at least three outstanding performances this year. There efforts are measured against the divisional course records of the races they’ve competed in, and against the performances of those who have won the JOY, or been nominated, in the past.

After all the resumes are reviewed, each of the Selectors will recommend four candidates. The four athletes who receive the most support will be announced as the official nominees.

As is always the case with the JOY category, a number of talented teens raced only once or twice during the season and therefore were ineligible for consideration. This year, Racquel Wohlk, Parker Roehl, Nathan Bich and Alyson Welch are in this group....

Lendway is World Champion!...Updated...

heather-and-dani.gifITU EDMONTON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - How competitive was the women's field at LIfe Time Tri - Minneapolis in July? Would you believe that the Top 3 women there were also the Top 3 women at Edmonton Worlds this morning?

It's true. St. Paul's HEATHER LENDWAY, Californian ROBYN POMEROY and Wausau, Wisconsin by way of Rochester, Minnesota's DANI FISCHER not only repeated their Minneapolis Tri positions, they formed a USA podium, something that hasn't been done in a long, long, time. All three women appear destined for national post-season honors.

Also, the last time an American woman had won both the National and World Championships was in 2005, when Virginian MARGIE SHAPIRO made it happen. Shapiro was undefeated back then, and Lendway is undefeated, in non-drafting races, that is, this year. Additionally, Heather's 2014 win total is now 10. The last Minnesota woman to accomplish double-digit wins was BECKY YOUNGBERG, back in 2011.

Lendway became a triathlete in 2012 and now has 20 victories (in 26 starts), including TWO National Championship titles and a Worlds crown.....

Proud to be Part of it....

heather-food-tent.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

YWCA Women's Tri Race Report - Before leaving for Detroit I prepared as much as I could for the YWCA Women’s Tri, knowing I’d be on a tight time crunch when I arrived home Saturday night.  I setup my bike for racing and piled up whatever clothes and race gear that I could.  When I arrived home I was still running around like a maniac unpacking, repacking and of course eating.  While in spastic rush mode I dropped a bowl in my kitchen, disaster.  It shattered into about 1000 tiny pieces in the kitchen and into my porch.  After cleaning that up I was definitely ready for bed.

Typically I like to get to transition first thing when it opens, but getting to bed late I slept in a bit longer than usual.  Somehow I managed to still be the first...

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