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A Lot to Get Excited About...

juliecathyclaire(Photos L - R - Julie Hull, Cathy Lee and Claire Bootsma)

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!...

Nuthin' Mini 'Bout the Minne...

beach(Cool YndeCam photo.)

Minneman Preview - Three "Race of the Year" awards in its first six seasons. Whoa!

To say that Minneman isn't one of the premier racing experiences in our region is like saying that Kym Kardashian doesn't have a prominent keister.

It's a smallish event from the standpoints of size (450 participants) and distances (.3 - 13 - 3), but everything else about this race is Big Time. Staging and execution are first-class. Volunteers are numerous, skilled and enthusiastic. Post race and goodie bag amenities are abundant and totally cool.

Simply put, Minneman is a high quality event. And the good news is that there are still spots available. How many? We're not sure, so

Newsy & Notesy & Peopleful Stuff...

run* North Mankato Previewette -The nifty North Mankato Triathlon will celebrate its 14th anniversary on Sunday. One of eight multis serving the Minnesota scene this weekend, NMT is one of two of those races--the other was My First Tri--that filled early.

It is a sweet event, lovingly produced by director Ann Voss. If you've never done this race, put it on your 2012 or 2013 calendar, okay?

Instead of predicting the overall winners here, we decided instead to predict some of the AG champs. It's called, "Spreading the Love."

Here goes:

* Shelby Woodworth, 18, and Enoch Elliot, 13, are our pics to win the 19U category. Thus far in 2011, Shelby, who is deeply in love with her farm boy boyfriend, who is a totally cool and rather large guy, had won her...

Reeses, M&Ms & PhDs in Minnesota Nice....

reesesLake Waconia Preview - The Caller ID read, "Trudles."

"Hey sweetie! Whuzzup?"

"Will you stop at Holiday on your way home?"

"Sure, what do you need?"

"Either Reeses or M&Ms. I can't make up my mind."

He smiled knowingly. "What are we celebrating?"

"I saw Lake Waconia's start list on your monitor. Wow, whatta field!"

He smiled again, bigger this time. "Yeah, I got pretty excited myself when Marvin sent me the spreadsheet."...

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