Race Coverage

Successful Double-Dipping...

megan-e.gifPhoto - Megan Erlandson and a guy. Megan was one of several Minnesotans who successfully double-dipped last weekend.


LAKE MINNETONKA DUATHLON – Did you notice how many athletes double-dipped last weekend? We did.

The most successful of those folks had to be Suzie Fox, who used brisk transitions and a superior bike split to keep eventual runner-up Christina Roberts in her rearview mirror during Saturday’s Lake Minnetonka Duathlon.

Yes, duathlon. Early lightning, the threat of recurrence and concern for the safety on the event’s in-water personal motivated the alteration of the event.

Fox, who was coming off a win at Copper Creek in Iowa the previous weekend, covered the one mile run (probably a tad longer than one mile) – 15 mile ride on wet roadways and three mile in 1:05:33, 1:05 ahead of Roberts, who discovered in her du debut at Apple, that she’s pretty dang good at this run-bike-run stuff....

Teen Star Shines Bright at RochesterFest...

alyson-welch.gifROCHESTERFEST TRIATHLONS - Alyson Welch (photo) is only 16 and already is a two-time winner of the RochesterFest Sprint Triathlon. Last year's victory resulted in a junior course record time of 1:03:12. This year she lowered her JrCR to 59:02, becoming only the 5th female to crack the 1-hour mark at this seven-year-old event. Her margin of victory over runner-up Courtney Bledsoe, 37, of Eau Claire, was a hefty 2:27.

Rounding out the women's podium was another local junior, Martha Burket (1:04:00), who is only 15. Thirteen-year-old Arianna Werts (1:04:02), also of Rochester, finished 4th. Three juniors in the Top 5 is unprecedented in this race and perhaps for all Minnesota triathlons. Good stuff, huh?

Two transplanted New Zealanders, David Phillips and Brad Mitchell, respectively, finished 1-2 in the men's sprint. For Phillips, it was his 6th career multisport win. His time (52:37) was the 4th quickest in race history. For the gregarious 41-year-old Mitchell, his 53:50 torched the men's masters record.

The final podium spot for the men was earned by Lakeville's Eric Tessmer, 42. His time was 54:48....

Sunday Race Results...

suzie-minnetka.gifPhoto - Suzie Fox has won three races in an eight day span.

8th annual ROCHESTERFEST OLYMPIC - Highlights include DKT's victory, the 96th of his career, Kevin O'Connor's amateur win and lowering of his own masters record, and Gaby Bunten's triumph over the women's field in the 3rd fastest women's time ever at this race. More words and photos on Monday. RESULTS

7th annual ROCHESTERFEST SPRINT - Junior  girls and Kiwi men dominate the overall podium. Words and pics on Monday. RESULTS


24th MANITOU SPRINT TRIATHLON - Suzie Fox wins her second race of the weekend. Chris Tatton outruns talented teen Nick Klonne to claim his first career multisport victory. Capitol City champ Nicole "Heiney "Heininger places 2nd the day after she also placed 2nd at the arduous Toughman High Cliff Half Ironman (4:55:46 ). Good stuff!  RESULTS

Anthropomorphic Race Report...

michael-arms.gifBy Michael McConkey's Wetsuit, Bike and Running Shoes

LIBERTY HALF RACE REPORT - Michael has been slacking so we decided we would write the Final Stretch 70.3 Liberty Half Ironman race report for him. I am Michael’s 2XU R3 wetsuit, next up will be his Cervelo P2 Tri bike, and finally his Newton Distance 5 running shoes.

Let me get this started, like any wetsuit, I dream of gliding through water, feeling it flow across me as I propel forward stroke after stroke, passing other wetsuits on the way to a glorious swim leg.

Unfortunately, you don’t choose your owner. I got Michael, don’t get me wrong, he tries hard but the guy just can’t swim. Race after race we start out slow and sort of just get slower and by the time we get out of the water and into transition all the other wetsuits are already relaxing and soaking in the sun. Never the less any time I get to race is better than sitting on the shelf so I was excited to be put on and taken for a quick warm up swim. Got to see several other LAM’s wetsuits. Of course Radniecki’s new wetsuit was all “we’re gonna crush this course”, but hey he can bring it so I wished him good luck and wondered if I was the same size? (so what, it’s a wetsuit dream, have you seen him handle a...

It Doesn't Get Better Than This....

cap-city-swim.gifAwesome Christine Wood Photo -The tall guy who kinda looks like a tall can of Coors Light is her husband, Curt.

CAPITOL CITY TRIATHLON - Many assume that big things are awesomer than small things. Sometimes those people are right, i.e. a big bowl of Ben & Jerry's Salted Caramel Ice Cream is more awesome than a small one. (Another example: Diminutive comedian Kevin Hart is much funnier than porcine comics, Cedric the Entertainer and Sinbad.)

And sometimes those folks are wrong. The Capitol City Triathlon was a small race, only 150ish entrants, but few who participated would rank it beneath any of the larger events that have taken place thus far in 2015, or perhaps will be staged later in the season. Why? Because everythig about it was special. The courses were awesome--closed two-loop bike route, a scenic and gently rolling run around...

Simian Celebrations & Embraced Sufferage...

banana-boy.gifLIBERTY TRIATHLONS - The forecast on Saturday called for clouds and mild temps. No rain predicted. As the astute poet Mick Jagger, who according to the late Joan Rivers, has "child bearing lips," says at almost every Stones concert, "You can't always get what you want."

You guessed it. It rained, though not like in 2014 when the transition area resembled the Everglades, albeit without prehistoric animals and Burmese pythons that Florida exotic pet owners released because the creatures had eaten their non-exotic pets, i.e. dogs, cats and gerbils.

We digress.

Despite the rain, most of Liberty's participants--paraphrasing Jagger--"got what they need"....

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