Race Coverage

Andres Wins IMOO! Again! Fox Earns Bronze!

IMOO-SWIM.gifFINAL RESULTS (as they occur):

MICHELLE ANDRES has just become the 2nd Minnesota woman to WIN Ironman Wisconsin. JAN GUENTHER is also a two-time champ there. MA's time today was 10:08:05.Her margin of victory over runner-up Kelly O'Mara of San Rafael, CA was 13:52!

UPDATE: Minnesota women claim TWO podium spots! SUZIE FOX capped her brillaint 10-win season with a 3rd place overall womens finish in Madison today. Her time was 10:34:49!

UPDATE: SHEENA DAUER finishes 7th overall. Her time was 10:40:41, almost an hur faster than her previous best (11:37:36).

UPDATE: ERIN KLEGSTAD PRs, too! Places 8th overall in 10:45:29....

UPDATE: SARA CARLSON sets a PR! Her 10:57:11 landed her 12th place overall and 4th in her AG!

UPDATE: NICOLE HEININGER places 13th overall and 1st in her AG. Her time was 10:57:28.

UPDATE: ANN SNUGGERUD placed 2nd in her 45-49W AG. Her time was 11:13:18.

 It's 6:53 PM and time to do domestic stuff and catch up on football scores. We encourage everyone to go to Ironman.com and see how your friends and fellow Minnesotan fared today.

CY's Excellent Trans-Alpsian Adventure...

mtn-riding.gifBy Cathy Yndestad (cathyyndestad.com)

Although it’s taken almost a month to finally create this post, the memories of my first mountain bike stage race are still somewhat fresh (especially the good ones). I’ve been busy enjoying euro travel and getting into triathlon race mode, but I couldn’t let an epic adventure such as the TransAlp go undocumented in my online scrap book.

We decided to register for this event with our dear endurance junkie friends – For those of you who know Patti & Al, you understand how ‘easy’ it is to jump on board once they suggest an epic endurance challenge. They were willing to make the trip to Europe, so we were ready to step out of our comfort zone for this unforgettable TransAlp journey....


jody-and-rick.gif15th ST. CROIX VALLEY SPRINT - Late registrants KEVIN O'CONNOR and DIANE HANKEE posted  convincing wins at the 15th edition of this popular sprint race in Hudson, Wisconsin last Saturday. With the fastest splits in each discipline, Kevin won by a 5:08 margin over 2014 champ / new daddy JIM FELLING. BRIAN GLAESER, who has 600 Facebook friends and is into "Family Guy" (Who isn't?) and the Minnesota Wild, placed 3rd.

It was the 6th victory of the season for O'Connor, 44, and his time (56:50) was one of the four fastest (fastest master by a ton) times in event history.

Hankee placed 4th overall. Actually, a Hankee placed both 4th and 5th. Diane's husband MIKE, who is a SWAT guy, placed 5th, only 14-seconds behind his decorated spousal unit. For Diane, it was her 2nd win of the year and 24th of her impressive career.

Placing 2nd in the women's race, 2:47 after Hankee, was lapsed triathlete / but active tri coach / and total HOOT / JODY QUESNELL (photo L with Rick Dehn, who placed 7th overall), who celebrated her great effort by consuming many, many adult beverages. At the awards ceremony, she confessed that she was somewhat floothered....

#10 For Suzie...

susan-hilal.gif2nd HOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON - According to SUZIE FOX, who ordered and devoured The Juicy Lucy, albeit with lettuce substituting for buns (Who knew?), at Moose Country after recording her historic 10th win of the season, the Hopkins Royal Triathlon, is one of the best triathlons in Minnesota, which is saying a lot. And she wasn't saying this because she just won it by a six-plus minute margin and people tend to say good stuff about races they win. She gushed about the venue and the Race Director, Doobie Kurus, who is a total HOOT!

With her victory, she became the fifth Minnesota woman to post double-digit wins in a single season since the Millennial change. The others are HEATHER LENDWAY (12 wins in 2014), CATHY YNDESTAD (11 wins in 2008), JENNY WILCOX (10 wins in 2010) and BECKY YOUNGBERG (10 wins in 2004).

Pretty dang good compnay, huh!

Suzie's next race will be IMOO next Sunday, and who knows, she just might win that one, too.

Placing 2nd in the women's race was 2014 HRT winner, SARAH MERCER, who will likely earn, and not for the first time, a Master of the Year nomination. Another elite master, CATHERINE LEE, last year's runner-up, rounded out her gender's Top 3.

Gaby Grabs Top Spot...

gaby-mpls.gifST. CROIX VALLEY OLYMPIC - Despite thick, wet, warm, blowy air, GABY BUNTEN (photo) managed to turn in a Performance of the Year-nomination-worthy effort at this 13-year-old classic race. Starting with her signature awesome swim, she charged on to a time of 2:12:15, which, according to our records, is the fastest (legitimate *) Olympic time by a Minnesota (amateur) woman this year. Four women have broken 2:13 this season, and Gaby's name is at the tippy-top of that list. Check it out:

1. GABY BUNTEN - 2:12:15 - St. Croix Valley Olympic

2. ELAINE NELSON - 2:12:29 - USAT AG Nationals

3. BRIDGET MCCOY - 2:12:40 - Life Tim Tri - Minneapolis

4. LISA LENDWAY - 2:12:55 - USAT AG Nationals

Was the SCVO course accurate? A review of the splits suggested that it was.

For Bunten, it was her 3rd win of the season and 4th of her career. And yes, her name is smack-dab in the middle of the Triathlete of the Year discussion, though determining the four best candidates will be harder than ever this year. There are at least EIGHT women currently receiving consideration for TOY nominations....

"High Fives on the Way"....


UPDATE: Elite late registrants rock socks at St. Croix Valley in steamy Hudson. RESULTS - Fox collects 10th race of the season at Hopkins Royal Tri II. PP starts last, finishes 1st...RESULTS


By Josh Duda (road2recovered.blogspot.com)

SUPERIOR MAN RACE REPORT - The intent of this race was to be my “A Race” of the season. This was going to be my big show!  Going into this race, I felt like I was right where I needed to be! 70.3 PR here we come! ...

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