Channeling My Inner Kobayashi...
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:10
By Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com - Oct. 1)
Leadman 250 Race Report - A couple weekends ago I was in Bend, OR for a 9+ hour death march otherwise known as the Leadman 250, which is a triathlon consisting of a 5k swim, 223k bike and 23k run. If you're thinking, "wow, that sounds stupid, nobody should ever race that long," you are officially a smarter person than I am....
Thursday, 03 October 2013 03:10
By Ruth Brennan Morrey
Augusta 70.3 Race Report
Augusta 70.3: Finally, finally, finally…a race without drama for RBM. Throughout my first year of pro racing, race barriers became commonplace and each one challenged me to persevere either tactically, physically, mentally, or mechanically. Small mistakes/mishaps were magnified and every pedal stroke counted as even long course placings can be decided by mere seconds. This weekend in Augusta, GA, however, there were no stolen transition bags, no agony, no crashes, no flat tires, no 4 foot Adriatic or Lake Michigan swells, no...
Full Montys & One-and-Done
Sunday, 29 September 2013 10:50
By Nick McCulloch
(Photo credits: Kelly McCulloch, Megan McCulloch and some random people using our cell phone cameras.)
Ironman Lake Tahoe Race Report Overall impressions: Absolutely stunning venue and it was a great place to both race and vacation. This is definitely not the place to ever go fast... ever (ever). There were quite a few hiccups, probably since it was the inaugural edition. I'm glad I did it but for this course, I'm one and done.
Before the race: My wife Megan (who raced as well) and family spent 5 days before the race staying on the lake and we had a chance to bike, run, and swim much of the course. The weather was nice and the water was always very pleasant for training. The visibility is shocking - at least 60 feet and you can see all types of sea life from trout to crayfish. I increased my Gatorade consumption, not to hydrate for the race, but so I had enough bottles to build and deploy an extensive network of crayfish traps filled with bacon hoping to catch some of the 280 million that live in Tahoe... but that effort was unsuccessful. Part of the bike course was not accessible for the week leading up since it...
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:10
Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat
By Heather Lendway
I’m not sure exactly what made him think racing 125K triathlon would be a good idea but approximately 10 months ago the boyfriend, Patrick (photo L with me), signed up to race Leadman 125 Bend. I knew I had no interest in doing a HIM or IM, but this basically modified HIM with a 2.5 K swim, 106K Bike and 16.5K (later changed to only a 13K) run, was quite intriguing and definitely suited my specialties. By the time April rolled around I pulled the trigger; we would both be racing the Leadman 125....
Lead & Tread...
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 02:10
LEADMAN EPIC - BEND - St. Paul's Heather Lendway and Columbia Heights' Matt Payne clearly demonstrated their Star Power in Bend, Oregon last Saturday. Lendway collected her 10th career win in the 125K tri and Payne finished 2nd overall in the 250K.
The distances, though longer than Half and Full IM, are configured to produce finishing times similar to those turned in on 70.3 and 224K courses. This is accomplished by significantly lengthening the swim and bike legs, and shortening the run portion. The point is to create a Half or full IM experience that is easier to recover from.
Heather's time on the mountainous course was an amazing 4:29:50, which was 26:13 faster than the women's winning time (on a slightly different course) in 2012, and 7:40 faster than her nearest challenger, former Canadian pro Donna Phalen. Four Minnesota women rocked Top 10 performances: Lendway (1st), CathyYndestad, last year's 250 amateur champ (3rd - 4:44:39), Patti Schmidt-Iverson (8th-5:06:43, an almost 31-minute improvement on her 2012 time here) and Julie Hull (9th - 5:18:32).
Iron Girl Stuff...
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:10
IRON GIRL - BLOOMINGTON - The ninth annual Iron Girl Duathlon was staged on Sunday. Here's some stuff about the Top 10 (of 716 finishers) and non-open-class AG winners:
1. Jenn Scudiero - 1:27:04 (Jenn's time was 4:38 faster than her winning time here in 2012. IG was her sixth du victory of the season.)
2. Joyce Bourassa, 46 - 1:32:00 (The 2002 Minnesota Rookie of the Year was also 2nd here in 2012. She was 3:13 faster on Sunday.)
3. Julie Henrickson - 1:34:57 (Julie was 8th here in 2012. She was 4:06 faster this time. According to her FB page, she likes Bud Light and Stouffer's Frozen Food. There's a great photo of her on page 2.)
4. Lindsey Marshall - 1:35:29 (Lindsey won Croixathlon a whole bunch of times.)
5. Kristin Weinzierl - 1:35:41 (Kristin's FB "Likes" include Gerber baby food and Fishing With Matt.) ....
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