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Weekend Observations...

Travis--Matt---BOUS14.gif(Photo - Oklahoma's Travis Newton and BOUS Champ Matt Payne wearing shirts that Kevin O'Connor had made for Matt's fans. We cherish ours and will wear it often.)

The MTN Guys look back on Minnesota's eight-race weekend:

LAKE MINNETONKA OBSERVATIONS - Awesome, as always. Ross and Tina pour their hearts into this event and it totally shows. And the weather was totally cooperative.

We are still having trouble wrapping our brains around Heather Lendway's performance. A freakin' 1:04:53! We recall the all-time great amateur female triathletes, women like Donna Kay Ness (CT), Maryellen Powers (NH), Joanna Zeiger (MD), Margie Shapiro (VA) et al. In our opinion, HL is a cut above them all, and we've been observing the sport since 1978.

 - The Roberts girls, mom Deb, daughter Christina, impressed our pants off on Saturday. Deb flattened her own 60-64W CR. Add this to the divisional CRs she set at Liberty Olympic and Buffalo and you have the makings of a Grand Master of the Year nomination at season's end. Her daughter Christina placed 2nd overall in 1:11:14, only...

The Most Virile Guy In Columbia Heights...

Big-Bro.gifRace Fast, Blog Slow

By Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com)

#$%!$$#%^@! I spent like 3 hours writing this post a couple nights ago, published it, watched it actually get a few page views, and then it just... disappeared. Poof.  Gone. Somehow it got rolled back to a not even close to complete draft version from several days prior.

FU Google... providing me this service for free and still somehow giving me less than my money's worth. The nerve of some people. So here goes take 2. Please don't eat this one internet gremlins.

In much happier news, Tiffany and I are proud to announce that we have another kid on the way! Due in December. We haven't decided on a name yet. Mikey (photo) suggested "Fishy" and "Dinosaur". We've taken those under consideration.

HUMONGOUS SUNDAY....ONGOING UPDATES!

capcity-logo.gifBEST OF THE US CHAMPIONSHIP - Columbia Heights' MATTHEW PAYNE became the first athlete in the nine-year history of the BOUS Series to win two National titles. He held off a hard charging DANIEL STUBLESKI of Washington, Michigan, to make it happen. Stubleski was the 2013 US AOY. Buffalo, Minnesota's MARCUS STROMBERG turned in what was arguably his finest effort to date, finishing 3rd. KEVIN O'CONNOR rocked a 4th place finish thanks in large part to his 35:12 final 10K. Only Stubleski had a faster run split (34:19).

For the women, Wausau, Wisconsin's DANI FISCHER won her 2nd national title of the 2014. (She also won Long Course Nationals). Her gender-best 38:07 run split allowed her to overtake pre-race co-favorite JENNIFER GARRISON of Naperville, IL. 2013 US AOY KIRSTEN SASS of McKenzie, Tennessee took the final podium spot....

The Best Race You've Never Done...

fairmont-finisher.gifBy Mario Minelli

FAIRMONT TRI RACE REPORT - Saturday June 14, 2014 appeared to be the second Saturday in a row in which high wind, rain, and lightning would test the nerves of race directors as well as the athletes themselves.  Fellow Kasson-ite, Sam Wiegand, and I headed to the Fairmont area on Friday, June 13th to check-in for the Fairmont Triathlon.  My in-laws have a cabin about 10 miles west of Fairmont so that is where we would stay on the eve of what we expected to be close to or the worst weather conditions either of us have raced in.  The forecast was for rain, scattered thunderstorms with lighting and 28 mph wind from the south (the bike section goes straight south for the first 7.5 miles--nice).  We got our race packet then scanned it over a mat to verify our timing chip info on one of 3 large flat screens what would a day later scroll real-time results.  Its not often that you see that sort of system at a fairly small venue, but that's how AllSportCentral rolls I guess.  Race packets in hand (which...

HL is Crazy-Fast: 1:04:53!

LMT-logo.gifLAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON - For the 3rd consecutive year, Brooks Grossinger has won the men's amateur title at this 11-year-old classic. His time was only seven seconds off Brett Lovaas' amateur course record. Heather Lendway picked up her 5th consecutive win of the season, and her 5th CR. The weather was awesome. When was the last time we could say that? 

More words and some photos on Tuesday. RESULTS

More on next page...

Third Time's A Charm...

matt-and-neil.gifLakes to Pines for a third time. (LTP)
 
By Matt Dickenson
 
RACE REPORT - Leading up the Saturday I really had no intentions of racing in Park Rapids.  My friend’s wife Ellen Thomes (wife of very tall Dave Thomes) was going to be racing her very first triathlon.  This is a super fun, fast race.  It feels so different when you’re there, maybe that’s because they limit the participants to 100.  I have a spot in my heart for Lakes to Pines, as it was my very first triathlon back in 2011.  Not to mention it supports the high school swim team and I get to see my buds to the North in the Headwaters tri club.  On that cold day in May 2011, it was 41 degrees raining/sleeting.  My first thought was “what am I doing here?  I played football, basketball, and baseball my whole life now I plan to swim bike run”.  I woke up this morning at 4:41 a.m. 19 minutes before my alarm so I was like what the heck I am up.  I looked out the...
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