Race Previews

Iron Questing...Updated...

sara_number2.pngIRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - How will Minnesotans fare in Kona next Saturday? We can't wait to find out. Like you, we're sure, we'll be following the race closely.

Here are some of the Loon State triathletes we will be following:

 

- MICHELLE ANDRES (photo below L) - Minnesota'a all-time fastest Ironwoman, she set her PR--9:50:23--at Kona in 2013. She received the "Performance of the Year" award for that effort. The MMA Committee will not announce their POY nominees until after Ironman because we hope that Michelle, who has won two POYs for IM performances, will rock another POY-worthy effort on the Big Island. (Kona Bib# 1085)...

A Bunch of Stuff...

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There's a lot of cool stuff going on this weekend, and lots of cool stuff happening in the coming weeks. On Saturday, is the Square Lake Triathlon, the race that extended Minnesota's tri season from mid-August (Turtleman) to mid-September. As a result, a ton of great new events--Northoods, YWCA Women's Tri, Lake Marion, Lakes Country, Maple Grove, Superior Man, St. Croix Valley--were scheduled in the gap period. The Square Lake Triathlon, Uncle Randy's gift to our multisport community, will celebrate its 17th anniversary tomorrow....

Rockstar Newbies...

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ST. CROIX VALLEY TRIATHLONS XVI - The "Rookie Triathlon Experience," a supercool mentoring program designed to make one's introduction to the sport of triathlon as unintimidating as possible, will be a featured part of this year's SCVT, as it was a RochesterFest, where it was an wonderful success....

Love For IMOO....

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

It’s hard to put into words just how much Madison and IRONMAN Wisconsin mean to me. If it tells you anything, I teared up both just talking about the mass swim start and when getting ready to bike the course on Saturday. It will forever hold a special place in my heart ♥ (And, I’d be lying if I didn’t already think about trying to add the race to this year’s calendar… because two IMs in less than a month would be a great idea, right?!)  ....

Lakes Country Turns Seventeen...

DSC_6019.pngLAKES COUNTRY TRIATHLON - WADE CRUSER will be going for his 5th victory of the season at LCT this Sunday and we predict he will not only win, but demolish the CR. His 2nd place (by 2 seconds!) effort here in 2015 marked his emergence as a star in our region, and he has been even impressiver ever since.

How fast will he go? Our guess is that he will pop a time in the 58-flat area.

And he'll be pushed by another guy who is enjoying a breakout season in 2016: CASEY MILLER. Thus far this season, Casey's scorecard features three wins and three seconds....

Haag, Roberts, Grinaker, Walker....Updated Yet Again...

smt_swim_start.pngSUPERIORMAN PREVIEW - KORTNEY HAAG has seven half IM wins on her resume, including here in 2015 when she set the women's course record (4:43:08). Once again, she will enter the race as the favorite.

On paper, Haag's stiffest challenge will come from a woman who hasn't raced the 70.3 distance since her only attempt at the in 2010. Her name is CHRISTINA ROBERTS, and her time at Liberty was 5:16:42. She placed 7th.

Kortney knows that the 2016 version of Christina Roberts is much faster than the 2010 version. Roberts was ranked 2nd on Team...

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