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Long Distance AOY Nominees....

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The LONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD (LDAOY) was inaugurated in 2014. A coed category, nominees must have turned in a least TWO outstanding efforts during the season at races that are 70.3 or longer.

In '14, the winner was Matthew Payne, who won three long distance races: Liberty (4:02:46 - CR), Pigman (4:13) and Leadman Bend (OR) 125 (4:07:57 - CR).

In 2015, the LDAOY was won by Dani Vsetecka, who's long course resume featured wins @ Door Country Half IM and Pigman. 

Last year, Diane Hankee won the award, albeit narrowly, over Erin Farrens. Diane raced in FIVE halves, winning one (LIberty) and podiuming at Muncie (2nd - 4:38:51) and Steelhead (3rd - 4:41).

 

Who will be the recipient of the 2017 LDAOY? Here are the nominees and their long course highlights:

 

- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis

2nd @ LIberty Half

5th @ Superior Man - 4:15:17 ...

Hodgy Podgy Stuff....

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Fall in Minnesota, AKA off season. Plus some mini race recaps! 

 

By Julia Weisbecker (julia-gobiggreen.blogspot.com)

 

I had a dream last night that it snowed. So if i were to end this blog post in just a few sentences it would read " FALL in MN: we think every day over 60 is the last and we wait for snow. Goodbye." 

 

When in reality that isn't true its in the back of our heads.  

 

The leaves are at peak, a bit late, and its cold in the AM and recently gotten into the high 60's and lower 70's for about 1 hour 4-5pm:) I am not quite used to the 35 deg in the AM, but we always say that in a month or two you will wish it was that warm in the AM. So it goes. ..

Time to Set Higher Goals...

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ED. Maddy grew up in St. Cloud, and since leaving the state to attend Grinnell College she has developed into one of America's top amateur triathletes. Next year, she'll race as a professional.

 

By Maddy Pesch (peschmaddy.wordpress.com)

 

ROTTERDAM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RACE EPORT - I have been back from the Netherlands for a month now, and I’ve been busy reflecting on my experience there, planning for 2018, and settling into my new jobs working in the fitness and triathlon industries in Madison!

So many of my experiences this season were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, but Rotterdam was the greatest of those. It is an incredible privilege to compete internationally, and I wanted to let every moment sink in and make the most of it. My trip would not have been possible without the support of all of my family and friends who believed in me and contributed to my Go Fund Me campaign to help me afford the trip.

My partner, Ben, traveled with me to the Netherlands. We began our trip with four nights in Amsterdam, visiting places such as the Anne Frank house, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum in between my training sessions. We traveled to Rotterdam a few days before the race, and I continued my race prep by familiarizing myself with the course, despite...

Ironman Closure...

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By Angela Kidd (willtrainforcreamcheeseicing.blogspot.ca)

 

IRONMAN LOUISVILLE RACE REPORT - Many times on the run I had this thought: Ironman was breaking up with me and this time it was going to stick. I kept comparing Ironman to that boyfriend that keeps telling the girl that he doesn't love her and they break up and then he gets bored and feigns interest and they get back together because the girl just can't give up hope. Eventually friends and family stop supporting the girl because they see how destructive the cycle is and they don't want to be a part of it.This was my fifth attempt at Ironman and for the fifth time Ironman was telling me it didn't love me and this time the message was being delivered brutally enough that it is getting through to me.

It was the closure I needed to move on.

Leading up to the race I was physically pretty fit. I actually loved the training this summer because I got to spend a lot of time with Kelli and I joined a great masters group and was able to ride and run with friends frequently. I didn't race very often and that was because I didn't really want to. But at some point right after Chattanooga I was just over IM training. I didn't want to get up at a number that started with a 4 in front of it. I didn't want to jump in a cold pool. I didn't want to subject my crotch to more time on a bike seat. I still wanted to run but I wanted to run fresh and not ...

2017 Triathlete of the Year: Men...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the four official male nominees for 2017 TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

 

- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis (photo below)

Tri Highlights:

1st @ Lake Minnetonka Triathlon

1st @ Lake Waconia Triathlon

2nd @ Liberty Half IM

3rd @ Minneapolis Olympic

3rd @ Heart of the Lakes

5th @ Superior Man Half IM

 

- JOSH BLANKENHEIM, 37, Duluth (photo L)

Tri Highlights:

1st @ Brewhouse Olympic

2nd @ Liberty Olympic

2nd @ Lake Waconia....

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