Race Previews

Minnesota's State Tri Championships...

holt_bird.pngHEART OF THE LAKES TRIATHLON - The 31st edition of our State Championship Triathlon will happen in Annandale next Sunday. As always, a large and talented field will be on hand. We're excited to see how the races--International Range (Long Course) and Sprint--unfold.

For grins, we're going to share a few predictions:

- We believe that rookie phenom Hanna Grinaker will set a record for fastest first HOLT by an amateur woman. The existing record is owned by Wendy Peterson, whose first HOLT in 2003 produced a 1:41:54.

- We predict that the women's amateur podium will consist of Grinaker, defending champ Christina Roberts, and two-time winner (2012, 2014) Suzie Fox, not necessarily in that order. And despite having raced (and probably won) the Outland Challenge the day before, we're picking Bridget McCoy to place 4th. We think that Andrea Myers will roung out the women's Top 5....

Watches & Roses...

LIFE TIME TRI - MINNEAPOLIS - Our state's largest, grandest and most talent-rich triathlon will celebrate it's 15th anniversary on July 9.

We Googled "15th Anniversary" and learned that, we're not making this up, that you have to give people who have been together for a decade-and-a-half a new watch. In the old days, i.e. the 20th century, you were supposed to give crystal, but modern times call for modern gifts.

So you know, race founder Bahram Akradi has a lot of watches, so you can instead give him the official gemstone of the 15th Anniversary: Rubies....

Historical Stuff About G-Man...

GRANITEMAN CLEARWATER PREVIEW - The Graniteman, a popular sprint triathlon, was launched in Rockville back in 2004, where it remained until 2009. In 2010, it relocated to its current venue in Clearwater, which makes it more accessible to athletes from The Cities. In 2015, it added a Olympic distance race.

The popularity of Graniteman Clearwater convinced organizers to create a Series, which originally included G-Man races in St. Cloud, and a terrific venue in Big Lake. The St. Cloud race was short-lived due to inherent logistical and political issues. It was replaced by the iconic Buffalo Triathlon, which is now produced under the Graniteman umbrella.

The 2016 Graniteman Clearwater events will take place on July 10, and registration is open. It expects to serve between 350 and 400 athletes this year....

Minnesota's Original Destination Triathlon...

TIMBERMAN XXXII - Minnesota's original Destination Triathlon will celebrate its 32nd anniversary on July 9. If you're not registered yet, we encourage you to do so at your earliest opportunity. This event is truly special.

Belief & Mantras....

061716-du-blog1.gifPhoto L-R - Pete Rainey, Manuela Knispel, Julie Hurley, Mike Buenting, Krisana Hoff.

 

By Mike Buenting (TeamUSA.org)

BELIEVE! That is a word as a coach I preach to my athletes and to myself. Believe in your training, believe in your ability, and believe you are strong enough to accomplish whatever goals you set for yourself....

Tom Petty Was Right....

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LAKE WACONIA PREVIEW - The LWT, one of America's awesomest sprint tris, will happen next Sunday and we want to encourage those who haven't signed up yet to do so at their earliest convenience. In case you didn't know, there are no multisport races in Minnesota on the weekend of July 2-3, so, if you want to get in a race before July 9-10, when your choices include Timberman, Minneapolis, Graniteman Clearwater and Elysian, then you need to register for the LWT.  Online reg. closes on Friday at 11:59 PM. Walk-up registration will be available on race morning ...

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