Another Half IM Win for CY...
Monday, 20 October 2014 06:10
Life Time Tri - Soma Half IM - CATHY YNDESTAD's convincing victory at the Soma Half in Tempe, Arizona two days ago was her sixth win in eight multisport starts in 2014 and the 71st W of her tri/du career. Her time was FAST, a 4:32:45, requiring uniformly impressive splits: S - 28:35 - B - 2:28:28 - R - 1:33:54. It was her 2nd fastest half IM ever and an 8:42 improvement on her winning time here in 2013. Additionally, it is the fastest 70.3 time of the year by a resident Minnesota woman.
More impressively, Cathy finished 7th overall and only 27:46 behind the male winner, Pedro Gomes, a Portuguese pro living in Scottsdale. Winner of Ironman Sweden in 2013, Gomes' name may sound familiar to those who watched or participated at Ironman Wisconsin last month. He finished 3rd there.
CY's Soma victory was her 3rd long course win of the season and the MMA Selectors have unanimously decided to add her name to the official list of "Long Distance Athlete of the Year" nominees. Yndestad is also nominated for "Triathlete fo the Year." ...
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:10
ED. While web surfing yesterday, we came upon some great print and video coverage of the Brewhouse Triathlon. Check it out.
By Sarah Wheeler
Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Brian Bich crossed the line first at the 28th annual Brewhouse Triathlon on Saturday at Island Lake for his 12th overall title while Elaine Nelson, also of Duluth, racked up her second women's crown.
Bich finished with a time of 1:59:20, 19 seconds, 33 seconds faster than his time of a year ago. Nelson set a course record and her own personal record wit ha time of 2:12:5.
With both Bich and Nelson being Northland natives, they admit nothing compares to racing here in the Twin Ports...
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:10
By Kortney Haag
As I am sitting here contemplating foam rolling the thought of it terrifies me...I am not too sore in the legs but my body is sore from the beat up I took on my fall on the bike Saturday. Getting to Kona was a dream I have had since the first time I decided to do an Ironman. My first Ironman in 2012 at Wisconsin didn’t go as planned as I had GI issues through the whole run. I figured out what I needed to change in 2013 and placed first in my age group and second overall amateur that year. It is funny how things work out for a reason because in 2002 Derek and I came to Kona, HI for our honeymoon. Little did we know that the Ironman race was going on the next day. I still remember walking through the King Kamehameha hotel wondering what all these fit looking people were doing. We got up the next morning and watched the whole race unfold and were in awe of these amazing athletes. We didn’t get into the sport of triathlon for a long time after but I knew I wanted to come back and do this race someday. What is even more special is that this is our golden anniversary, for 12 years I have been married to my best friend....
Kona Coverage: Minnesotans...Updated..
Saturday, 11 October 2014 14:07
2014 HAWAIIN IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Minnesota Stuff
- DAN ARLANDSON (38, Burnsville) - Swim - 59:52
- KORTNEY HAAG (35, Maple Grove) - Swim - 1:12:49 (Best IM Swim - 1:08:16 - IMOO '12)
- SARAH BERGER (28, St. Paul) - Swim - 1:16:19 (Best IM Swim - 1:09:41 - IMOO '13)
- HILARY PATZER (36, Minneapolis) - Swim - 1:17:22 (Best IM Swim - 1:15:21 - IMOO '13)
- BEN NEMETH (40-44, Sartell) - Swim - 1:28:09
- ERIC GOULLAUD (65-69, Plymouth) - Swim - 1:29:28
- DEREK GUIHER (35-39, Richfield) - Swim - 1:33:15...
Pros & Cons of Chattanooga...
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:10
By Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)
The Gold Guys asked me to present a dynamic discussion of Ironman Chattanooga rather than a traditional rambling race report. Please enjoy these pros and cons from Ironman Chattanooga:
Homestay: My homestay Alex was fantastic. A great homestay makes for a great weekend. He showed me around town and even braved the rain to make sure he caught me at the finish, even though I was coming through later than predicted. Can’t thank him enough. Alex, see you next September.
The Swim: The swim was all downstream. I went 9 minutes faster than my ridiculous swim from Louisville last year. It was the best. I’ve never swum that easy in a race before. Just sat at the back of the main pack. I was actually sharing a pair of feet with Trevor Wurtele and we swam face to face...
"A Simple Choice"....
Monday, 06 October 2014 00:10
By Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com)
2.4 mile swim, 116 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. Ten years ago, before my triathlon days, I watched curbside at Ironman Wisconsin and convincingly proclaimed that I have no desire to attempt that pathological distance. Well, things change, like one’s mental status ☺. Even after I started doing triathlons, a full Ironman continued to be completely unappealing.
Something did change, however. I was in Venice, Italy last year during the 2013 Kona World Championship, and remember vividly watching the exciting race unfold from half way around the world. Running better now than ever before, I texted my coach, Dr. Phil Skiba, the following day: “I’d like to take my run to Kona.” He quickly texted back, “Sounds good.” A simple choice has turned into a plan, and we are now charging ahead within the 2015 Kona qualification window. Of personal significance, next year the coveted world championship race will be held on the very...
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