Race Coverage

National Titles for Guenther & LaFrance...

ED. Here is the USAT coverage of last Sunday's King Boreas / USAT Winter Tri Championships:

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By USATRIATHLON.ORG

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota age-group athletes Jan Guenther and Joel LaFrance raced their way to national titles on Sunday at the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships, held as part of the King Boreas Winter Triathlon at Lake Phalen...

Heather Pops a 4:10!

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PANAMA 70.3 - Heather Lendway collected $6500 for her 3rd place finish at Panama 70.3 this morning. The race was the 2016 Pan American 70.3 Championships.

Heather and eventual winner Sarah Haskins came out of the water together, HL then outbiked Haskins and everyone else (2:12:43!) in the women's field. A third of the way through the run, Haskins claimed the lead. Lisa Roberts, thanks to the fastest run split of the day for the women, managed to overtake Heather, but only by six seconds.

Heather's bronze medal time was an amazing 4:10:41, a Minnesota state record (pending verification of distances), eclipsing Ruth Brennan Morrey's old mark of 4:13:46 at Kansas 70.3 in 2014.

 

USAT WINTER TRIATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Lake Phalen, St. Paul) - The two most talented Nordic skiers in the race--Joel LaFrance and Jan Guenther--took control in the third and final phase....

Jimmer & a Sigourney Weaver Lookalike...

elaina-boston.gifLIFE TIME - EDEN PRAIRIE INDOOR TRI - This January 3rd pool-trainer-treadmill event had 50 finishers. Leading the women's field was Elaina Schellhaass. We think it's cool that her last name, which is a German deal, we think,has three sets of double letters. Elaina is a decorated distance runner who out-treadmilled everyone in the event. That's right. She chicked the entire men's field. FYI, Elaina raced well at Boston last April (photo).

And speaking of Boston, a guy named Adam Boston was the men's winner at EP - Indoor. There's a guy on Facebook named Adam Boston, who studied mechanical engineering at UMD, has tattoos on his right arm and a black dog. We dont know if he's the same guy who won the race.

The guy with, in our opinion, the best name in the field is Jimmer Dorweiler. Jimmer. A nickname or creative parents? Cool in either case. Jimmer placed 9th. According to FB, he's totally into golf and Bridget McCoy is one of his friends. RESULTS

YWCA INDOOR TRI #2 - Fifty-seven fun-and-fitness-loving people finished this indoor event on January 17, twelve of them did the mini-sprint, twenty-five did the regular sprint, and 20 did the long sprint. The mini and regular races were won by women--the pixiesque Lesley Stanaway and Andrea Tremaine, respectively. Andrea is into Harry Potter books and prefers Star Trek stuff to Star Wars stuff....

Additional Indoor Tri Stuff...

julie-F.gifHere is some more capsule-style coverage of some of the Life Time - Indoor Tris that took place in the Metro back on January 3.

CROSSTOWN - This event had thirty-eight finishers and was won by Michael Tate and Emilie Strand. We believe that Michael is a transplanted cheesehead and is into Einsteinian stuff, Kanye West and Russell Crowe movies. Also using Facebook as our guide, Emilie is either from Norway or California. If she's the California Emilie, she was educated at Cornell and is now doing agra-business stuff in western Wisconsin. Of course, she may not have a FB account.

Some very accomplished outdoor triathletes participated, like former Lake Minnetonka and Minnesota Tri Series winner Steve Sander (3rd), who is a truly awesome guy, and Linda Langkos, nee Schievelbein, who is a HOOT, in addition to being one of our state's top 50-plussers. RESULTS....

Emotional Gamut...

Baby-trophy.gifHow (not) to podium on your first IM distance race
 
By Dr. Ryan Wippler
 
HITS-Naples Full Race Report - It's 6 PM the night before my first IM distance race. I've been up since 3 AM-spent an exhaustive day traveling with wife and infant. My back is killing me from lugging my bike, tri-, and baby gear around the MSP and Fort Myers airports. Oscar, the profusely-sweating over-taxed local bike mechanic is telling me he is unable to put my bike back together due to a very specialized finger nail sized piece of carbon fiber (seat post clamp) has gone missing, either during the bike teardown or rebuild, with no replacement to be found at any bike shop with 100 miles and the local Quintana Roo rep isn't answering his phone. My dream of becoming an ironman is quickly turning into a nightmare.  I'm pulling my hair out, losing my mind.  I'm not going to race tomorrow!?  Was the last five months of training for not?  ...

Podium Debut...

Wippler_cropped.gifLast Sunday, which will live in infamy for Vikings fans, MTN received an email from Wade Cruser alerting us to the fact that Ryan Wippler (photo) had done HITS-Naples Full on Saturday. Like Cruser, Wippler was among those discussed in the Most Improved category last season.

Here's the scoop: Ryan placed 3rd overall in his full IM debut in Naples, Florida on January 9. His time was 10:36. Congrats Ryan from the guys at MTN. RESULTS

FYI - Wippler and Cruser were among Minnesota's most improved multisport athletes because they had breakout seasons. Here are their 2015 highlights:

 

DR. RYAN WIPPLER, 37, Rogers

- 1st @ Lakes to Pines

- 1st @ Paul Bunyan Long Course

- 1st @ Minnewaska...

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