Love For "The Red Line"...

kris2.pngBy Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com - 7/28/16)

Super-coach Kris Swarthout   (https://finalk.com) wrote this great article in a recent Midwest Events issue. He kindly allowed me to post it here. It reinforces how I feel about short course and some of the reasons that I love the sprint and olympic distances.....

Sprint for success
I can't tell you how many times I have heard triathletes say “oh, it’s just a sprint”.  The background of this statement is the assumption that the race is so short that it  A. Does not need to be trained for, B. Doesn’t really count, or C. Is somehow less of an accomplishment than another event.
I would like to start by getting one thing straight, just because you complete an event that is longer, does not mean you are a better triathlete than someone who completes a shorter event.  For...

Pot Luck & Ironman Louisville...

Black-Bean-Salsa-Culinary-Hill-8-660x660.pngTRI NIGHT '16 - On Thursday, MTN was copied on this email from Kortney Haag, which was her response to Kevin and Tammy O'Connor and their crew at Gear West Bike & Triathlon providing munchies and drinkie-poos free of charge at Tri Night:

Hi Everyone

..... I thought it would be fun to do a potluck at Gear West since Kevin is so generously hosting the event and he wouldn’t have to worry about food.  Here is the link to sign up to bring something.  Doobie, I bet you make a mean quesadilla!  See you all soon!




 - The MTN Guys thank Kortney, who is so awesome, for doing this. We also plan to participate in the Potluck deal by providing Trudles' famous (in our neighborhood) Multi-Bean Salsa, which looks just like the stuff in the photo above. It is "legumi-licious" and is best served with Tostitos Scoops, which will also be provided....

2016 Most Improved: The Women...

akidd_run.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we reveal the nominees or MOST IMPROVED FEMALE, which pertains to an athlete's career trajectory as it applies to their position on or near Team Minnesota.

The nominees, in alpha order, are:


- DIANE HANKEE, 39, Lino Lakes (2015 Rank: 8th; Best Rank: 4th in 2010 - photo below R)

Diane has enjoyed many outstanding, even breakout, seasons (2010, 2013, 2014), though none have been "outstandinger" than 2016. Though this year's Team Minnesota has not been determined, it nevertheless appears that Hankee will place in the Top 3.

Here is her 2016 Scorecard:

- 1st @ Apple Duathlon (likely POY nominee)

- 1st @ LIberty Half IM - 4:42:30 ...

2016 Nominees: Duathlete of the Year...

wade_big_lake.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we reveal the official nominees for DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR. This category differs from the others in that athletes are only required to have TWO outstanding performances  in order to receive consideration. This is due largely to the fact that Du Nationals was relocated from St. Paul to Bend, Oregon. As a result, very few of Minnesota's elite duathletes raced in more than two run-bike-run events.

Here, in alpha order, are the nominees:

- WADE CRUSER, 29, Sauk Rapids (photo)

2016 Highlights:

- 1st @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

- 1st @ Oakdale Duathlon - 1:02:07 (Outstanding time in unaccommodating weather conditions)

- 3rd @ Apple Duathlon...

Tri Night '16: The Party of the Year!

TriNight_16.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The MMA's lauched in 1999 and the MMA Awards Party, aka "Tri Night," started in 2000. The 2016 festivities will happen on Saturday, November 12 at Gear West Bike & Triathlon in Long Lake, where it has been held since 2011.

Unlike past years, there will be NO cost to attendees. Noshable food, plus beer and wine will be provided courtesy of our generous host, GWB&T.

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