Lucky Number Belts & Big Dogs Barking...
Monday, 09 May 2016 00:10
CINCO DU MAYO - Lots of cool stuff happened on Mother's Day eve at the Cinco races.
First let's mention the double dippers. Lisa Lendway (photo L with daughters Hadley and the other one) and Shelley Ostrander became the first women to have won both the long and the short course duathlons. Lisa won the long course du this year and the sprint du, in record time, no less, last year. Ostrander, who won this year's sprint, won the longer race in 2014.
For Lisa, it was her 9th career multisport win. For Shelley, it was her 4th.
Ostrander's Winner's Circle companion on Saturday was two-time Junior of the Year nominee Mitchell Clayton, whose mom hates it when people call him Mitch. Mitchell is cool with either. Clayton, 19, has raced twice already this season and had won both times. Last week he was victorious at the Morris Tinman. FYI, he placed 3rd here in 2015. ...
Saturday, 07 May 2016 07:10
Photo - St. Cloud area's tri sisters (L-R): Amy Woolsey, Judy Peters and Pam Stevens.
Chain of Lakes Triathlon - Sauk Rapids' fifty-genarian Amy Woolsey has always raced well at COLT. Yesterday, at the 14th edition of that Alex-based tri, she turned in her fastest time--1:11:01--and her best placing--1st overall woman--ever. The statuesque math teacher outdistanced her nearest challenger, Pauline McJilton, 48, who like Woolsey, has done her best racing during the last 3-4 season, by 2:38. Rounding out the women's podium was 54-year-old Mary Deeg, who like Woolsey, is statuesque, and like Woolsey and McJilton, is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
For Amy, it was her first tri win and 2nd multi victory of her career, which began at the inaugural edition of COLT in 2002.
Also rocking socks in the women's competition was 63-year-old Sheri Schrock, who placed 4th overall. It was her 2nd divisional win in as many starts this year. Last week at Falls Du, she lowered her own 60-64W CR by more than three minutes. Shrock was runner-up for Minnesota Grand Master of the Year in 2015....
May 7 Results...Updated...
Saturday, 07 May 2016 06:10
Hey Everyone - Great racing happened in Alexandria--CHAIN OF LAKES TRI--and Square Lake--CINCO DU MAYO--this morning. Colt coverage with photos and results will post tomorrow. Cinco verbage and images will post on Monday.
ED. - We just learned that Diane Hankee was the 6th amateur / 2nd 35-39 woman at today's St. George 70.3.
Dauer Does it Again...
Monday, 02 May 2016 06:10
32nd Morris Tinman - Team Minnesota's Sheena Dauer kicked off her breakout season in 2015 with a convincing win at the Morris Tinman's Olympic-ish Distance Triathlon. It was like deja vu all over again for Dauer last Saturday when she repeated as Tinman champ, and recorded her, according to our records, fifth multisport win since her first one on August of 2014 at Green Lake.
Sheena was joined in T-Man's winners circle by Paul Wymar, who like Dauer, made the 50.32 mile drive (distance-cities.com) from Montevideo, which is a good bar town (Topper's, Duggy's, Inn Like Flinn et al). Paul, who is a forestry guy who knows more about geomorphology than most folks, was also victorious here in 2014. FYI, He did some time in The Peace Corps and has been to Paraguay. How cool is that!
Paul has two extremely cute kids (photo).
To secure the win, Paul had to run down Josh Duda. In the end, only four seconds separated those guys....
Rochester's Wrecking Balls....
Sunday, 01 May 2016 06:10
The women's podium: Ruth, Jenn and Dani. Two records and a PR!
FALLS DUATHLON - They came in like a pair of wrecking balls and smithereenisized the women's pro and amateur records at the 8th annual Falls Du last Saturday. Actually, there wasn't a prior pro record, but if there was one, Ruth would have nuked it.
Rochester's Ruth Brennan Morrey, a two-time US Elite Duathlete of the Year, and Dani Vsetecka, Minnesota's 2015 Rookie of the Year, managed to crack the 1:10 mark on Falls' 2-14-3 course, RBM by a sick 4:23, Dani by twelve seconds. The fastest women's clocking in the first seven editions of this event was Suzie Fox's 1:11:39, set in 2015, the year Ms. Fox won eleven multis and was named Minnesota Triathlete of the Year and USAT Duathlete of the Year Honorable Mention....
"Overall...a Good Day"...
Sunday, 01 May 2016 00:10
Photo - Heather with 2016 women's pro runner-up Alecia Kaye.
By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)
St. Anthony's Race Report - I knew this race was going to be tough with World Champions, Olympians, repeat 70.3 champions and past St. Anthony’s champions on the start line. Oddly, I never really got too nervous in the week or even days leading into the race. I was feeling much more confident heading into this race just knowing I was healthy throughout my training and not fighting an extended illness like my last training block. It also helps that it was the second time I’d be racing on the course and I’ve now raced many of the athletes on the start list, so I had a good idea of what to expect....
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