Race Coverage

Biebs Fan Wins at Fridley...

the-biebs.gifPhoto - The Biebs. Photo enhanced by photoshop and a pair of balled-up sweatsocks.

LIFE TIME FRIDLEY INDOOR TRI -  Thirty-nine athletes finished this event last Sunday, with Lee Brown and Laura Geer leading the way. Brown, who's 2014 outdoor highlights included his 4th at Buzz Ryan and 5th at Brewhouse Sprint, posted solid splits throughout--28 lengths (700 yards), 25 mph bike, 6-flat mile pace for the run--en route to his victorious 116 points.

Greer finished 2nd overall and only 10 points behind Brown. We were not surprised by this, as Greer was a 2014 Rookie of the Year nominee whose impressive outdoor scorecard featured 3rds at Life Time - Trinona Sprint and Life Time - Maple Grove Sprint, and 15th at Life Time - Minneapolis, which featured what was arguably the 2nd deepest amateur women's field of the year in the US. Only Nationals attracted more female talent....

 

Butt Dimples & Whole Foods Shoppers...

butt-dimples.gifLIFE TIME EAGAN INDOOR TRIATHLON - Via email, we asked Ross Weinzierl to write a race report after last Sunday's Life Time Eagan Indoor Tri. He never replied, but we're not mad at him. He's one of those guys that you can't stay mad at. Besides, he probably didn't respond because he was embarrassed, being totally smoked by Nicole Heininger, and all.

Well Heiney didn't actually "smoke" the furry, beer-loving Weinzierl. Overall, she only beat him by three points. Their swims were identical and RW only managed to outride her by a tenth of a mile over 30 minutes, then Heiney  crushed him in the run, covering 2.87 miles to his 2.7. In the end, in a field of 57 participants, Nicole placed 4th overall and Rossy rounded out the....

 

Cow Selfies & Newfound Love....

jacob-and-cow.gifLIFE TIME CROSSTOWN INDOOR TRIATHLON - Last Sunday, LIfe Time Fitness produced 75 indoor tris in the US, 12 of which were here in Minnesota. How cool is that! We are going to semi-cover as many of them as possible. Today, we'll tell you about the Crosstown Indoor in Eden Prairie, which isn't too far from Steve Sander's new house. Steve is a huge Vikings fan and thinks that Teddy Bridgewater might have star potential. He's still pissed about losing to the Bills in the last four seconds.

We digress.

The Crosstown indoor had 31 finishers. The event, like all of LTF's MN indoor tris, consists of a 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute stationary bike ride and a 20-minute treadmill run. A points system is used, though we think a total distance deal would be cool, too. No biggie.

The top point getters were Jacob Foss (87) and Lisa Lendway (84), who placed 2nd overall. Lisa, who is a HOOT!, out-lapped the entire field in the pool (31 - next best was 27 by Ryan Young), biked 22 mph and covered 3.03 miles on the treadmill, which was the second best pedestrian performance of the morning behind Foss (3:06)....

 

"It Doesn't Seem Real"...

Gwen-trophy.gifBy Gwen Jorgensen (gwenjorgensen.com - September 9, 2014)

World Champion. It all just doesn’t seem real. I feel like I am living in my own fantasy world and it’s awesome! I don’t know where to start to explain my journey and thoughts on winning the 2014 ITU Championship.   

Leading up to the Edmonton WTS Grand Final, I wasn’t my normal, driven self. I was still getting up every day and getting the work done, but since the Chicago WTS, my motivation wasn’t the same. I wanted to finish the season with a bang, but my bed was looking better and better every day. I had no excuse, as the weather was nice and my training was going well (besides a few really bad swimming sessions). But it had been a season full of long haul travel, emotions, work, and sweat and it was all catching up with me.

When we arrived in Edmonton, I was impressed with the atmosphere and promotion of the race. Everywhere I looked I saw signs for the triathlon: “This is going to be EPIC.” I loved it! However, ...

"You Gotta Want It"...

MA-and-Hubby.gifBy Michelle Andres (teamandresjourney.blogspot.com - Oct. 12)

You gotta want it…
Interesting day…a learning day…a day I have no regrets about and one I will always remember.  

One year ago, October 12th, 2013 I was running down the Queen K with a pain in my leg so intense that at one point I just didn’t feel it anymore.  I never once, for not even a second, thought about stopping or even walking.  Every part of my being wanted to run down Ali Drive and cross the finish line.  It was my dream and something I thought about every single day in training.

Now, exactly 365 days later I’m running through the streets of Chicago with a similar pain and some foot pain along with it…nothing like a year ago…but they were both singing to me from the word “go”.  At mile one I knew the finish ...

Impatience and an XL cap...

coz-2014.gifBy Nicole Heininger

Ironman Cozumel Race Report - Part I -  To start, I never planned to race an Ironman nor make racing part of my life. I originally completed a triathlon to challenge myself. One and done. Years later my rookie season, friends were talking me into signing up for a half IM and I was terrified. This would prove to be my biggest challenge yet and I wasn't sure I was quite ready for it. I knew I would complete the task at hand but I wasn't going to do it half-a$$ed. When I set my mind to something I do it wholeheartedly, therefore, going through the motions was not enough for me, I was going to commit and be all in. So why was I so scared? I had only raced several triathlons, I mean I barely knew how to transition....

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