Acabado Rapido!


By Ruth BrennIan Morrey


Ironman 70.3 Pan American Pro Championship, Monterrey, Mexico!

4th Overall 4:14...something.

Very talented and deep field & super important race for me to set up my season.
Swim: Started out by digging myself into a hole with a slow nonwetsuit swim in second to last place. But, the best thing one can do is have acceptance of 'what is', take a deep breath, stay task focused, and fight until the very end.
Bike: 2:18. Gradually gained time, but didn't catch anyone until the very end, making for a very lonely first 3 hours.
Run: Fastest half marathon of my life (1:18:04, 5:55/mi ave) dating back to 2001 when I ran 1:18:21 at age 23 at Grandmas half, without a swim or bike beforehand. :) At age 41, we can say things like this that we are proud of. I felt like I was floating along for 13 miles....

Cranky Hips & Super-Squeezy Water Bottles...

dani_ruther.pngBy Dani Vsetecka (4iowasisters.blogspot.com)


FALLS DUATHLON RACE REPORT - Ahhh, first race of the season done.  And with it comes a little relief!  There are usually some unknowns going into the first race in months, but there was quite a long list this time around:

* Not racing for 5 whole months(!)
* Coming back from an early January injury
* Recovering from a killer February cold and recent cranky hip
* Riding my tri bike a total of 3 times outdoors prior to race day


Not to mention a very recent coaching change!  I had two weeks of a new routine under my belt and it mostly consisted of backing off and flushing some fatigue out of my system. This would truly be a test!  ...

Lots to Get Excited About...

annalise.pnggwd2017logo.jpgGEAR WEST DU PREVIEW - We can't wait for Sunday to get here.

The 26th edition of the Gear West Duathlon is happening that day and there's lots of reasons for us to be excited. The event marks the post-partum return to multisports for GWD amateur record holder ELAINE NELSON. The Duluthian missed the 2016 for gestational reasons and we missed her bigly. Do you know her? In addition to being a national class endurance athlete and pharmacist, she is one of the sweetest members of our species ever.

We hope Elaine brings baby pictures (photo) on Sunday. Her new daughter is named Annalise (Great name!) and she's a doll! She sometimes eats sand.

We are also excited about MAGGIE WEISS' sophomore season kick off performance. Runner-up for ROY in 2016, she was ranked in the 11th- 12th range on Team Minnesota by all the MMA selectors. Look at what athletes like KORTNEY HAAG, HEATHER LENDWAY and DANI VSETECKA accomplished in their second seasons. Kort won the Most improved and ranked 2nd on Team Minnesota. Heather won Nationals in the fastest amateur winner's time ever. And...

Ruth, Cathy & Heather...& Open Water Swims...


RUTHER ROCKS! - Playing serious catch-up after the swim, classy Rochester pro RUTH BRENNAN MORREY threw down on the competition with a 2:18:32 bike split and an amazing 1:18:04 run, which outsplit the next fastest female runner by 3:01, yesterday at Monterrey (MEX) 70.3. Against a world-class field, she finished in 4th place in an outstanding 4:14:09, which ...

Brian & Heiney Prevail at Oakdale...


Photo - Men's podium (R-L): Kris Spoth, Brian Sames, Jordan Roby.


OAKDALE DUATHLON - Racing conditions were ideal yesterday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Sunny, with a cloudless sky and light breezes. The temp at the start was 60, climbing only to 66 by the time the last finisher crossed the line.

Simply put: Saturday was a "great day to be alive and outdoors."

From a competitive standpoint is was a great day for all except the early leaders, both of whom were favored to win. WADE CRUSER was on record pace when he flatted eight miles into the bike leg. SUZIE FOX's instincts got in the way during the bike leg, resulting in a quickly corrected wrong turn, then missing a turnaround, which she also corrected in short order. (FYI - This year's courses were tweaked.) When she got back on track, though, she flatted. By that time NICOLE HEININGER, was leading and had the pedal to the floor....

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