Brewhouse XXVIII Coverage...Updated

bichweb3.gifBy Duluth News Tribune (Aug. 2)


Some things seem to get better with age.

Fine wine, your favorite pair of jeans, leather boots and antiques.

Apparently, you can add Brian Bich of Duluth to the list.


Bich, 48, won his 12th Brewhouse Triathlon on Saturday during the 28th annual running of the event, covering the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike and 10K run in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 21 seconds. The 12 victories are believed to be a Minnesota triathlon record, and his time was 21 seconds better than the mark he posted in winning last year....

Ben's Return to Chisago...

BEN-AWARD.gifBy Ben Ewers (benewers.blogspot.com)

Triathletes living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St Paul had their pick of 7 different triathlon venues over the weekend of July 26/27, typical for any summer weekend in this Midwest hotbed of triathloning.  I chose the Chisago City Sprint because it would be my third year in a row at this race, it is USAT sanctioned and Chisago City is located less than one hour northeast of the Twin Cities.  It is a "home town" race that at $45 for the sprint is a super deal. You get all the usual stuff including a t-shirt, food, trophies and free coffee to help you wake up as your set-up in the dark.  Finally, with the bike segment being my strongest  leg, this sprint course was ripe for me with a 1/4 mile swim, 22 mile bike, and 5K run. The race venue also hosts a half Ironman and attracted approximately 500 to each event.

The race venue is typical for these "home town" type of races. A bit of seaweed in the primarily sandy lake, a grassy area for the transition (in this case a knoll overlooking the lake), a bit of biking over grass and through a bike tunnel under a major road, and a lot of relatively flat, smooth, and wide roads for biking.....

Brewhouse & Minnewaska Results Links...

suzie-and-jess.gifPhoto - Suzie Fox and Jess Rossing went 1-2 at BH Sprint at Island Lake. Both obliterated the previous CR.

BREWHOUSE XXVIII - Overall male and female records fell in both the Olympic and sprint races, as did serveral AG marks.

Bich rocked his 12th career BH victory.

Words and photos on Monday or Tuesday. RESULTS

MINNEWASKA TRIATHLON - Angie Hop won her sixth career triathlon this morning in Glenwood at the Minnewaska Triathlon. She also won this race in 2011 after which she went to a bar and downed a shot of vodka (Tequila?) with a small live fish in it. We sure hope that she kept that tradition alive....

Five Phases of Swim Training...

sea-hiker-training-squad.gifProfessional triathlete and swim coach Sara McLarty explains why it’s important to vary your training throughout the year.

By Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com)

Are your swim splits always the same? Perhaps it’s because your swim training is always the same. Swim practice should change multiple times during the year. There are five phases of swim training: endurance, strength, speed, taper and recovery. For the best results on race day, spend some time focusing on each phase.

How much time is a question that can only be answered on an individual basis and must also consider the triathlete’s ability level and the competition’s distance. A year-round..

Confession of a Former Carnivore

arbys.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

I have a confession. I don’t cook. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook of course; it’s just that I really don’t have time before my stomach decides it needs food now or we’ll enter the hanger zone. After a long day of work and workouts I’ll typically just go for whatever is readily available in the refridgerator or cupboard.

Something most people probably don’t know about me is that I’m vegetarian, just over 11 years now. No, I don’t miss eating meat, haven’t ever really craved it since I quit meat, although I did dream about eating slices of prosciutto the other night, strange. If I did go back and eat meat I’d get an Arby’s Beef n’ Cheddar (photo)...

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