Race Coverage

Happy? Yes. Satisfied? No...

Chris_S_run.pngBy Chris Stevens

IRONMAN WISCONSIN RACE REPORT - Ironman Wisconsin 2016 was the culmination of many things personal for me. Back in 2006 at only 28 years old my competitive running days were over. I had a badly herniated disk, severe nerve damage down my right leg and surgery in an attempt to reduce some of the damage. To this day I have nerve issues in my right leg and atrophy in my right calf. I continued to dabble in running a bit because it was in my blood. Any other endurance sport just didn’t seem appealing. I had run competitively since middle school, through college and didn’t know anything else. My run career highlights are 9:33 steeplechase, 1:15 half marathon, 16:13 road 5K.

During the summer of 2011 my wife Amy who was also an injured runner decided to dabble in triathlon. She got us ...

40-Foot Otters & Ruther's Return...

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CENTRAL LAKES CYCLE DUATHLON - JASON TOTH has three victories in four starts this season, the most recent of which was last Saturday at the CLC 24/7 in Fergus Falls, a great small city that is also known as "Otter Town, Minnesota" because it has a humongous statue of  "Otto the Otter," in one of its parks....

Increased Attendance & Jason Aldean Hats...

cheri_and_greg.pngPhoto - Cheri Bates and Greg Koutoupas discussing tattoos and Greek food.

 

ONE LAST TRI - DANI VSETECKA returned to her winning ways after a two-and-a-half month injury absence on Sunday at One Last Tri Olympic-esque (732m-27-10K). The win was the 2015 Rookie of the Year's second in four starts this season and 5th (in 8 starts) of her young career.

Her time was impressive - 2:08:33--and landed her in 5th place overall. The men who finished in front of her were credentialed athletes, starting with winner JASON TOTH (2:00:47), who was also victorious eight days earlier at Square Lake. (We suspect that Jason, who currently resides in Eagan, may be a New York state transplant.)

 

The runner-up was former Team Minnesota guy RYAN BAILEY, who got his pro license in 2015 then sort of disappeared. It was good to have him back on the local scene. Ryan's time was only eight seconds off Toth's pace... 

Du Win #14 for Scudiero...

justin_cummins.pngFALL CLASSIC DUATHLON - The 9th edition of this "rescued" (By Derek Lindstrom at Excelsior Running, an awesome guy and successful running and multisport coach) event was staged at Lake Elmo Park Reserve yesterday. The star of the show, in our opinion, was JENN SCUDIERO, who placed 3rd overall and finished 13:04 ahead of the 2nd-pacing woman.

The victory was 14th of Scudiero's duathlon career. She is a former US Duathlete of the Year (2013) and overall (2013) and AG (2014, 2015, 2016) National Champion.

Jenn also won this race in 2014.

Winning for the men was 41-year-old Duluthian JUSTIN CUMMINS (photo), who podiumed in his AG and placed 21st overall at Sprint Du Nationals in Bend, Oregon on June 25. He kicked off the 2016 season with a 4th place (1st AG) finish at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course....

Extremely Happy....

3rd_place.pngBy Kristin Gustafson

Ironman Madison is checked off and in the books! The spectators and the hills on the bike did not disappoint. The volunteers were amazing and the weather was sunny and cool! We were definitely blessed with a perfect day to do an Ironman!!
This race was different than any other race. It has been a tough training season so there was a whole other fear factor going into this race. The IM is such a long day and you really don’t know what could possibly happen out there on the race course. My anxiety went to a new level with not knowing how my body was going to handle combining doing an IM and having MS. My body did not disappoint and did an amazing job with no MS symptoms during the day. Thank you body for being awesome and letting me do another IM! I am grateful that I received the infusions to help with my symptoms even though it took a toll on my heart and liver. After a...

Tri-Flections...

andrea_and_T.pngBy Andrea Tremaine (minneandreapolis.wordpress.com)

I did it. I finished my first outdoor triathlon season, and it flew by like the blink of an eye. It’s sad to be done, but I’m looking forward to mixing up my training a bit over the fall and winter months. Sure, I’ll miss racing triathlon, but I’ll just have to choose different forms of racing to satisfy the competitive spirit in me.

I learned a lot about myself throughout the course of the summer, and if I were to go deeper into what triathlon means to me and how it has transformed me, it would end up boring everyone. So I’ll take a different approach and share some of the sillier triathlon reflections, or tri-flections.

 

1.) Don’t expect to get a good night’s sleep the night before a triathlon. The night before the YWCA Women’s Tri, I just couldn’t...

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