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2016: The "Year of The Couple"...

mary_and_pooch.pngROCHESTERFEST TRIATHLON - 2015 was the "Year of The Woman" in Minnesota. More than half of the ladies on Team Minnesota, and many others as well, enjoyed breakout years.

This year--2016--is turning out to be the "Year of The Couple."

Just look at the results. At Buffalo Olympic, for instance, BF-Sean Cooley and GF-Hanna Grinaker placed 2nd overall in their respective genders. A week later at Liberty Half, Hanna took 2nd in the women's race, and Sean placed 3rd for the men.

Last Saturday, Christina Roberts was crowned women's champion at Lake Minnetonka. Her Significant Other Jordan Roby placed 3rd in the guys' race.

And let's not forget that GF/BF Gaby Bunten and Kris Spoth set overall course records at Trinona Sprint on June 12....

Special in Every Way...

jordan_trans.pngLAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHON - Pre-race favorites Brooks Grossinger and Christina Roberts won the 14th edition of this annual classic event last Saturday. Brooks, who has now won this event an unmatched five times, didn't take control until early in the run. Roberts, on the other hand, led from the outset, claiming the swim and run premes in the process. 

Brooks now has at least 27 multisport wins to his credit. For Roberts, it was her milestone 10th career win, and her performance last weekend totally suggests that she will win several more times this season. Her clocking - 1:10:53--was the fourth fastest women's time in race history. Only Heather Lendway (2014, 2013)and Cathy Yndestad (2012) have gone faster.

Roberts now owns two of the event''s five fastest women's times. 

For two-time (2011, 2012) LMT winner Steve Sander the return to pre-injury form has been an uphill multi-year battle, thus his 2nd place finish last weekend signals the turning of a corner, and Steve couldn't be happier. We're happy for him....

Mexi Coke & Raspberry Batteries...

liberty-20.gifED. 1-0-3 for DKT, and Rookies rock the RochesterFest Experience. Words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS

By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Liberty Half Race Report - I ignored the number one piece of racing advice – never use anything new on race day – during my 2016 season opener. And, while I was never planning on “racing” Saturday’s Liberty 70.3 thanks to feeling off (hello, period headache), a brand spankin’ new tri bike and just coming off five weeks of no running, I’d be lying if I said I was pleased with my performance. When you have high expectations of yourself no matter what, it stings a little when you’re not where you want to be.

But, head down, do the work and onward! There are two more 70.3s on this summer’s schedule, and you can bet the results will be better :)  ...

"Sponges in My Hat"....

brads-leg.gifED. Awesome racing went down at LAKE MINNETONKA this morning. Favorites prevailed and KRISTINA SWENSON nuked a junior course record that had stood for eleven years. Words and photos on Monday. RESULTS

By Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)

Liberty Race Report - I wasn't exactly excited for Liberty 70.3.  Chattanooga was the race to start my long-course season and kept me going over the winter training. I had planned to stay at the race hotel on Friday night but decided last minute to just drive the 2 hours on race morning. That night I asked myself why I wasn't excited and looking forward to the race. More about that stuff in my blog.

I woke up at 3:00am and ate my serving of oatmeal with a 1/4 cup of walnuts and grabbed a coffee to go. On the drive I also gagged down a Power Bar to give me about 600 calories. I had been hydrating well as I knew the forecast was for 91 degrees. I got to the venue about 5:30am and got a great spot for my bike at the end of a rack closest to the bike in and out. I, like in Chattannoga, decided to run with cleats to mount but do shoeless dismount on the way back in....

"A Perfect Course For Beginners"...

triathlon_feature.gifPhoto By Ken Klotzbach

By rochestermn.com/outdoor

When the airhorns sound at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 19 at Foster-Arend Park, it’s not because you’re about to hear a reggaeton banger or experience a tornado, it’s because the Rochesterfest Triathlon, presented by Toyota and organized by Final Stretch, is going down.

Competitors in this time-honored Rochesterfest race will compete in one of two classes – sprint or Olympic. The sprint course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 10-mile bike and ...

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