Race Previews

Healthy, Hot & Nummy...

bison-chili.gifBy Jessica Cerra (triathlon.competitor.com)

Loaded with chiles, this recipe brings on the heat and lives up to its name. Bison is gaining popularity as a protein source and for good reason. Compared to its counterparts (beef, chicken, turkey, salmon), bison is lowest in fat and highest in iron and essential fatty acids. Try dressing it up with some low-fat cheese or sour cream, fresh cilantro or stone-ground tortilla chips.

Ingredients
16 oz ground bison
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
2 pasilla peppers*, seeds removed and diced
1 serrano pepper*, finely diced with seeds
1 ½ cups pale ale....

The Celebration Dance...

IM-AZ-swim.gifBy Cathy Yndestad (trigirlcathy.blogspot.com)

It’s been four years since my last Ironman, and as a result, I’m bursting with excitement and pure enthusiasm for this coming Sunday. I haven’t been this excited for a race in a very long time and it certainly helps that I’m feeling healthy, strong and content.  Now it’s simply getting out there, executing my plan and smiling along the way. Pretty simple right? Ha, I’ve been coaching and around Ironman long enough to know full well that unexpected and random things can leave even well prepared athletes looking searching for Plan B and Plan C. The ups and downs of IM day are always part of the challenge,  so I’m doing my best to prepare mentally for that balance as well.

I’ll have several friends and a few of my athletes in Tempe to cheer which just warms my heart beyond description. My friends mean so much to me, and having their support is extremely special. My mom who travelled from Newfoundland will also be their to spectate and experience her very first Ironman....

KONA NEWS & NOTES...Udated...

dan-a-GFT.gifHAWAIIAN IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - We wished we knew the names of every Minnesotan who is racing today in Kona. During the day we hope to learn who all of them are so we can post news on their progress and their finishing times.

There's a "Rule of Thumb" formula for predicting IM finishing times, that is, if all goes well and if conditions and/or course difficulty aren't extreme. It goes like this: take one's best half IM time, double it and add one hour. This formula has been around for decades and may be outdated. It certainly does not apply to pros or the Top Elite Amateurs.

As an example, East Gull Lake's Michelle Andres' half IM PR is 4:37:47, which if doubled and have an hour added to it, would suggest that she was capable of a 10:15:32. Andres has significantly beaten that time twice, going 10:05:30 in a victorious effort at Ironman Wisconsin in 2012, then popping a 9:50:23 at Kona in '13.

For giggles, let's apply the original formula, and the "Michelle Andres Formula" (1/2 IM x 2 + 40 min.*) to some of the Minnesotans who are racing today:

A Great Race With Convenient Parking...

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ONE LAST TRI PREVIEWETTE - OLT Race Director Jane Deppert sent us an early list of registrants and we almost wet ourselves. The event will feature its deepest field yet and boast what is sure to be a record turnout....

What Are You Doing on October 12?

croix-girl.gifBy Gretchen Sage-Martinson
 
The 9th Annual CROIXATHLON is a DUATHLON!! What? Yes, a duathlon! Join us for a 1.5-mile trail run, 15-mile rolling hill bike, followed by 3-mile trail run race held on the grounds of beautiful grounds of YMCA Camp St. Croix on October 12.


This event offers an unparalleled venue; a private wooded YMCA camp nestled on the bluffs of the St. Croix River, a spacious and secure transition area in the heart of the camp, a bike route with pastoral views and rolling hills, and run routes on trails and paths that overlook the stunning river gorge. Though not certified, the course is set in accordance with USAT guidelines.

In addition to beautiful and challenging course, you can expect a supportive atmosphere and homespun charm. The race directors want you to enjoy some of the joy of camp that inspired this race in the first place, so prepare to chuckle, cheer and hand out some high-fives....

74 Newbies & Captain Upright...

nistler.gifED. Last weekend we asked Hopkins Royal Triathlon Founder/Director Doobie Kurus if we could peak at his entrants list so we could post a race preview. The race is next Saurday (August 30) at Shady Oak Park. This was the Doobster's reply:
 
A couple of interesting notes:  The race sold out back in July at 315 people.  Devon Palmer and Kortney Haag are our guest emcee/announcers.  Over 60% of the field are women.  The oldest competitor is 84 (John Markham) and the youngest is 12.  We have 15 each competing as Clydesdales and Athenas.  We have 74 trying the Newbies distance.  We have 4 sisters, daughters of retired triathlete, Charles "Bud" McJilton (over 90 years old now) in the field, one coming from Seattle, WA.  We have a Chaska school teacher, Josh Sell, who is doing triathlons to raise awareness and money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation for kids w/ cancer. 
 
The best story yet is Heather Nistler (photo L), a school nurse from McGregor, MN.  She had reconstructive shoulder surgery, and her doctors told her she might never swim again. Early on her road back to recovery, she couldn't even swim one length in the pool without stopping to reach for the wall in pain.  She trained all summer, and finally built up to a 1/2 mile swim...
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