Not an Ironman...

jesse-image.gifThere’s more to triathlon than the M-dot, writes Jesse Thomas. (triathlon.competitor.com)

By Jesse Thomas

When I tell people that I’m a professional triathlete, the first question I usually get is: “Have you done THE IRONMAN?” Most people mean one of two things—either “an” Ironman, or “the” Ironman, the one they see on NBC from Kona that’s kind of a big deal.

Of course, my answer is no. As much as it may surprise my dozens of loyal readers, I haven’t done an Ironman. And while I’m a proud two-time finisher of the Kona Underpants Run, I’ve been unable to sell the rights to my hairy-chested tighty whities to NBC.

And answering “no” always saddens me a bit. Not because I haven’t done an Ironman, but because something in the question, or the tone or the look I get when I respond “no,” makes me feel like I need to justify why I haven’t done an Ironman....

Women of Yesteryear...

wendy-peterson.gifPhoto - Two-time Minnesota Triathlete of the Year, Wendy Woods-Peterson.

Women of Yesteryear - Back on March 17, MTN published a story about several of the men who represented Team Minnesota prior to 2010, but who haven't been racing locally since then. The point was to not forget those who set the standards in an earlier era. Many of those athletes were true pioneers.

Today we drop some names of the women who rocked the Minnesota scene, and earned spots on Team Minnesota, in the first decade of this century but haven't raced in at least the last five years.

CINDI BANNINK - Ranked 4th on Team Minnesota in 2005, Cindi relocated to Wisconsin in 2006 and immediately established herself as her state's top female amateur. In 2010, Bannink finished 2nd overall at Nationals and earned a USAT AOY HM.

MELANIE CARVELL - A true multisport pioneer, this loveable North Dakotan made at least two editions of Team Minnesota, the last being in 2005. Her book, "Running with the Antelope," published in 2014, is awesome.

MARLO CROSBY - Winner of numerous MMAs, Marlo was ranked #1 on Team Minnesota in 2006....

Pigman Gets Viewer Friendly...

bigpig.gifFrom Pigmantri.com

Friends and spectators at the Pigman Long Course will be able to cheer for their favorite athlete throughout the run without ever leaving Pleasant Creek Park in 2015. The race is debuting a new course, designed specifically to make it a more pleasant experience for spectators.

“Triathlons are among the toughest sporting events to participate in as an athlete. They’re also among the toughest to watch as a spectator,” says race director John Snitko in a blog post announcing the change. “While athletes have the drama and glory at the finish, they have little to help them through the tough middle stretches of longer races.”  ...

To Beard. Or Not to Beard....

beard-guy.gifBy Eric Turner (eturnertri.com)

Race day is coming next week and it will be my first shot at 70.3 distance. With all the press lately about the power savings just from shaving your legs I am now torn on shaving my beard or not. Here’s some of the back story/pro’s and con’s.

I have had a beard for almost 5 years, shaving with a razor only once when my beloved Blackhawks won the cup. Other than that it has just been some trimming here and there (mostly there). My girlfriend has only seen me without a beard that one time, and she almost broke up with me for shaving (she loves the beard, she’s cool like that). Now I have been trying to get races to add a bearded division for those of us brave enough to race bearded, but have not had much luck, so here I am debating.

Now the benefits are pretty obvious. There’s the aero data that came out about shaving your legs, so I am going to guess shaving the beard would only increase my aerodynamics. There’s also the heat factor, it’s looking like temps around 85 or 90 for race day? I did a track workout this morning and the beard was hot…real hot....

Hanging Out, Smiling, Laughing, Bonding...

Lisa-finish.gifToughman Florida – Race report

By Lisa Lendway (FYI - Today--March 27--is Lisa's Birthday.)

The short version: swim – short, double-loop through alligator-infested waters (17:30, after the race some of the athletes wearing GPS said it was around .8 miles, rather than 1.2); T1 – long run up to transition hoping I was fast enough so the fire ants wouldn’t bite me (2:22.4); Bike – 54 miles of absolute flatness (2:26:21.3); T2 – short and sweet (39.7); Run – HOT and a tad long (1:44:38.0, ~13.25 miles)

The LOOOONG version:

I signed up for the Toughman Florida half Ironman event in mid-December and trained for it all winter. I was tentatively excited about it, which means I was excited and EXTREMELY nervous. My bike was all tuned up by the great mechanics at NOW in St. Paul and it and my other gear were already in Florida with my Dad (aka Stopwatch Greg) and my sister (AKA Aunty Heather). I kept telling myself to stop being nervous about the race. No matter how it went, I was headed to the beach on a week vacation to Florida with my two girls! ...

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