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Erin's Best Season Ever...

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Yesterday we discussed the selection of Junior of the Year, which we referred to as an "In-between" category, that is, one that is neither a slam dunk, nor controversial.

Today we'll talk about the women's Most Improved selection, which was also perceived to be a 'Tweener category.

The Selectors agreed that Erin Hyndman-Farrens (photo) and Diane Hankee were the two most viable MI candidates. Angela Kidd  had raced well, but her volume was low and her ultimate Team MInnesota placement was in the 15th-16th area. Dani Vsetecka would have made Team Minnesota in 2015 had not her scorecard featured performances from 2014, thus her making the Team in 2016 was expected.

 

Hyndman-Farrens won the award because she made Team Minnesota (#7) for the first time, though she had come very close on two prior occasions. Low racing volume is what had kept her off in the past. Boosting her selection was the fact that she set personal bests in Olympic distance, half IM and full IM. Her 10:02:29 at Ironman Louisville was nominated for Performance of the Year....

Crowning Clayton...

Mitchell_cinco.pngA few weeks back we used the term "In Between" to designate the MMA categories that were neither slam dunks, nor all that controversial. They fell somewhere "in between" those designations. The three categories that we considered 'tweeners were Junior of the Year and both the male and female Most Improved.

Let's start with Junior of th Year, which was won by Mitchell Clayton, 19, of Forest Lake.

On the surface, Mitchell's selection seemed pretty slam dunky. He'd raced twelve times, which was more than the other three nominees combined. (We're only including non-draft-legal races here.) He won five of those events, which is an unprecedented number of victories in a single season by a Minnesota junior.

What bothered the Selectors somewhat about Clayton were his race choices. He excelled in what can be called the "companion" races, i.e. the sprint events that are historically less competitive than the longer events they accompany. By doing this, Mitchell never faced, thus could not be measured against, our state's best athletes (Team MInnesota guys etc.).

Still, when measured against his own performances of prior seasons, Clayton, a three-time JOY nominee, had definitely gotten faster....

A Great Interview With RBM...

rbm_az.pngBy Timothy Carlson (slowtwitch.com)

 

In 2010, Ruth Brennan Morrey was 35 and coming off a 10 year hiatus from sports - an elite soccer and marathon career interrupted by many things including the birth of three children and acquiring a PhD - when she decided to try triathlon and became a pro. First step: learn to swim.

One year later, the Rochester, Minnesota mother of three was the women’s overall age group champion of the ITU Long Distance Worlds in Henderson, Nevada. In 2013, she scored the fastest run splits at three 70.3s – all under 1:20 – while finishing 5th, 6th and 12th overall woman. In her most impressive performance, she was racing second overall woman, five minutes behind leader Eva Nystrom during the 150 kilometer bike segment at the 2013 ITU Long Distance World Championship in ...

 

Rockin' the FKT...

mike_hike.pngBy Mike Ward (mikeward.cool)

Hike Date: September 1-9, 2016

Trail: Superior Hiking Trail

Trip Plan: Canada to Wisconsin, ~310 miles. Finish on the 9th day. Average of 34 miles per day. Solo, unsupported.

From Fastest Known Time archive (FKT Proboards): “Unsupported means you have no external support of any kind. Typically, this means that you must carry all your supplies right from the start, except any water that can be obtained along the way from natural sources. This approach has also been termed “alpine style”. The longest trip I’m aware of using this style is Coup’s 20-day thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. For most people, carrying enough food for more than a few days to one week will be prohibitive. Unsupported also means unaccompanied! (i.e., no pacers) Further note: Some people get really crazy about what does or does not fit into “unsupported”.” ...

Sad News. And Semi-Sad News...

scvt_logo.pngWE'RE BUMMED - We pulled this sad news about the sixteen-year-old St. Croix Valley Triathlon from the Finalstretch.com website:
 

We are sad to report that the St. Croix Valley Triathlon has been cancelled for 2017. This event has been a hallmark of the Final stretch events but the city of Hudson has decided that it causes too much congestion on 1st Street and crossing 2nd Street at St. Croix Street. We had a problem with allowing residents down 1st Street during the race. If you would like further...

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