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logoHOLT XXVI Preview - Let's do some chase cutting, shall we? Without further ado, here is what we predict, or what the articulate Steve Paladie might call our "adumbrations." These are some of the cool things that we think will happen on Sunday at the 26th running of the Heart of the Lakes / Minnesota State Triathlon Championships:

PREDICTIONS:

- Joe will once again be in charge of music. His wonderfully eclectic playlist will feature socially conscious folkies like Tracy Grammer, an Aboriginal choir accompanied by didgeridoos, Mariache stuff, Northwest Central Idaho State Teacher's College's marching band's version of "Louie Louie," the 20-minute drum solo portion of "In A Gadda Da Vida" and lots of....

G-Man & T-Man...UPDATES & FYIs...

g-manRace Previewettes - We wrote long previews for today's Timberman (International and Sprint events) and Graniteman that were lost in cyberspace for reasons that the author is too darn stupid to understand. He is royally steamed even though it was probably his fault, and doesn't have time to recreate the 1000+ word post.

Instead he will simply post the MTN Guys' podium picks for the three races. We'll start with G-Man, because they advertise on MTN.

GRANITEMAN XIII - MEN - 1. Steve Sander, 2. Nate Hoffman, 3. Ross Weinzierl.

Darin's Fun Fantasy Stuff...

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A Lot to Get Excited About...

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Event Preview - Cathy Yndestad shouldn't win the Life Time Fitness - Minneapolis for the 6th time on Saturday. No way. Surely she needs more healing time and a few more racing experiences to knock off some rust, right?

We're not sure.

Cathy's muscles, especially that big pumpy one in the middle of her chest, are full of LTF memories, nine years worth. Memories of...

10th Anniversary Edition...

potts/reedED. Nick Morales of Trijuice.com, which publishes "freshy squeezed" national and international triathlon news (love the freshly squeezed branding!), and the MTN Guys (Yes, Trudles is one of the Guys!) are good buds and avidly support each others' websites. Below is Nick's preview of the 10th anniversary Life Time Fitness - Minneapolis Triathlon, which will be staged on Saturday at Lake Nokomis. (Great YndeCam Photo - Matty Reed nipping Andy Potts at LTF - Mpls '09)

By Nick Morales

Event Preview - The fourth leg of the 2011 Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup takes place this weekend, July 9th just outside of downtown Minneapolis. The Life Time Fitness Triathlon, the premier triathlon event in Minnesota will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in style. Two-time defending Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon champions, Sarah Haskins and Matty Reed return to Minneapolis to defend their titles against a stellar field of international triathletes which includes Andy Potts, Mirinda Carfrae and several others, including Minnesota's own professional David Thompson....

Podium Sweepage...

logoRace Preview - Life Time Fitness - Minneapolis has always been highlighted by a world class pro field AND a National Championship-level amateur competition. It is truly one of America's premier swim-bike-runs.

Not since 2003 have Minnesota men swept the Elite Amateur podium at LTF-Mpls. That year, twins Chuck and Phil Smith went one-two, and Michael Stoick landed on the final step. We still remember those guys. Do you?

With every fiber of our being, we believe that a triumvirate of our state's best tri-studs will hog the podium on Saturday, when the event celebrates it's 10th anniversary. And we expect #10 to be nothing short of epic. Yes, we think Adam Webber's course record--the Pennsylvanian turned in a 1:57:07 in 2008--will go down. Maybe go down hard!...

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