Worlds Medalists & Local Heroics...
Sunday, 20 September 2015 06:00
ITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - CHICAGO - GWEN JORGENSON capped her undefeated 2015 season with her biggest win of the year at the ITU Grand Final. Visit USATriathlon.org or Triathlon.org for pics and race coverage. Also, several Minnesotans rocked socks at Worlds, four of whom took home podium medals. More words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS
FALL CALSSIC DUATHLON & ONE LAST TRI - KEVIN O'CONNOR has won the last four races he's entered, the most recent of which were back-to-backers at Fall Classic and One Last Tri - Sprint, at which he pocketed $100 in cash (photo L) and took BOB POWERS to breakfast, probably at Key's on 4th Street.
With her win at Fall Classic, MANUELA KNISPEL, who has a cool German accent, has put herself on the Master of the Year radar. FYI, she was the masters champ at Du Nationals (6th overall!)...
Smoke & Satisfaction...
Sunday, 20 September 2015 00:10
By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)
Morning race prep:
CHALLENGE PENTICTON RACE REPORT - My chain came off when I was putting my shoes on my bike and I found out my derailleur was rubbing my disk when in the small gear. The mechanics were able to adjust it big PHEW!!
* In the pro meeting we convinced the race directors to have the pros start 10 minutes before the mass start instead of with it. It was nice not to get clobbered by age groupers as well.
* It was still a rough start, someone hit my ankle knocking my chip out from under my wetsuit. I felt it slipping, it then came off completely but I was able to grab it before it sank. I stuffed it into my wetsuit and down into my tri suit. This was the first time I’ve had a chip come off my ankle! ...
Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:10
By Mike Aulie (Brainerddispatch.com - 9/14/15)
MADISON, Wis - Michelle Andres, 38-year-old mother of five from East Gull Lake, won the women's division of the Ironman Wisconsin Sunday completing the grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in 10:08.05.
Andres, who was competing in her fourth Ironman Wisconsin, finished nearly eight minutes ahead of the next woman, Kelly O'Mara of San Rafael, CA, and about three minutes off the course record she set for her age group in 2012 when she finished sixth behind five professional athletes. Andres finished 39th overall.
Professional athletes did not officially compete in this year's event. Arizona's Tomas Gerlach won the men's division finishing in 8:59.59. Nearly 3,000 athletes competed including the largest contingent ever from the Brainerd Lakes area - 12 racers - all of whom finished the event....
Rockin' With Uncle Randy...
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:10
SQUARE LAKE LONG COURSE – The 15th edition of this scenic and challenging half IMish was won for the 3rd time by Dan Arlandson, who had the fastest swim of the morning and raced alone the rest of the way. His final time was 4:15:17, and his margin of victory over Wisconsin master Mike Johnson was 14:40. Wade Cruser (4:37:25) rounded out the Top 3.
The women’s winner was Erin Hyndman-Farrens, who totally rocked. Also victorious here in 2013, Erin’s 4:46:34 last Sunday landed her in 5th place overall. Her time was was the 2nd fastest women’s clocking here in the last decade. Only Diane Hankee (4:44:53 in 2012) has gone faster during that stretch.
Wisconsin’s Lisa Campbell placed 2nd (4:53:04), and Nadine Wetzel-Curtis (5:30:09) took third.
This year’s event had 93 finishers. RESULTS
ONE LAST TRI PREVIEW – The 10th edition of the last tri on the Minnesota calendar will happen next Sunday at picturesque Ramsey County Beach on White Bear Lake. Featuring sprint and Olympic-distance races, this cool and fun event deserves your support. The good news is that online registration doesn’t close until Saturday (9/19) and race day registration is also available. RACE WEBSITE ...
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:10
4th Annual BLAINE TRIATHLON - Comfortable, pretty weather and a wonderfully swimmable lake (68.1 degrees) portended great performances at last Saturday's Blaine Triathlon. And that's what happened, starting with a breakout, though not unpredictable, winning effort for Blaine's own CHRIS TATTON. Chris, who was also victorious at Manitou in June, led from the get-go en route to the event's 3rd fastest time ever (1:11:08).
If you don't know Chris, he's a great guy whose wife Maggie is a HOOT! The Tattons have an eight-month-old Great Dane named STANLEY, who has paws the size of catcher's mitts. The dog, with whom event participants were encouraged to take selfies, kinda looks like the the one in the photo here.
Claiming 2nd right from the start was Minnesota multisport pioneer RICH HEILMAN, 50, who is being strongly considered for a Master of the Year nomination. His time (1:14:42), was the 2nd best clocking ever by a 40-plusser here, and an adipose 5:05 improvement on the previous 50-54M course best. Later at breakfast at The Grandview in St. Paul, Rich ate a couple of pancakes the size of bike wheels and four strips of Neuske's bacon.
Also looking strong throughout the entire race, DAVID CARNEY, 42 (1:16:13), claimed the final men's podium step....
Monday, 14 September 2015 00:10
16th Annual SQUARE LAKE (Short Course) - Studying this year's results on paper told us that something didn't add up. DAVID THOMPSON's and HEATHER' LENDWAY's bike splits and overall margins of victory did not make sense. Until HL posted this on her Facebook page: ...
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