Race Coverage

Lead & Tread...

HeatherLEADMAN EPIC - BEND - St. Paul's Heather Lendway and Columbia Heights' Matt Payne clearly demonstrated their Star Power in Bend, Oregon last Saturday. Lendway collected her 10th career win in the 125K tri and Payne finished 2nd overall in the 250K.

The distances, though longer than Half and Full IM, are configured to produce finishing times similar to those turned in on 70.3 and 224K courses. This is accomplished by significantly lengthening the swim and bike legs, and shortening the run portion. The point is to create a Half or full IM experience that is easier to recover from.

Heather's time on the mountainous course was an amazing 4:29:50, which was 26:13 faster than the women's winning time (on a slightly different course) in 2012, and 7:40 faster than her nearest challenger, former Canadian pro Donna Phalen. Four Minnesota women rocked Top 10 performances: Lendway (1st), CathyYndestad, last year's 250 amateur champ (3rd - 4:44:39), Patti Schmidt-Iverson (8th-5:06:43, an almost 31-minute improvement on her 2012 time here) and Julie Hull (9th - 5:18:32).

Iron Girl Stuff...

KellyIRON GIRL - BLOOMINGTON - The ninth annual Iron Girl Duathlon was staged on Sunday. Here's some stuff about the Top 10 (of 716 finishers) and non-open-class AG winners:

1. Jenn Scudiero - 1:27:04   (Jenn's time was 4:38 faster than her winning time here in 2012. IG was her sixth du victory of the season.)                  

2. Joyce Bourassa, 46  - 1:32:00 (The 2002 Minnesota Rookie of the Year was also 2nd here in 2012. She was 3:13 faster on Sunday.)

3. Julie Henrickson - 1:34:57  (Julie was 8th here in 2012. She was 4:06 faster this time. According to her FB page, she likes Bud Light and Stouffer's Frozen Food. There's a great photo of her on page 2.)            

4. Lindsey Marshall - 1:35:29 (Lindsey won Croixathlon a whole bunch of times.)              

5. Kristin Weinzierl  - 1:35:41  (Kristin's FB "Likes" include Gerber baby food and Fishing With Matt.) ....         

Time, Tightness & Tortillas...

GuyED. Story & photos for Saturday's Treadman  and Leadman Epic-Bend, and Sunday's Iron Girl Du will post on Tuesday. Treadman RESULTS. Iron Girl RESULTS. Leadman Epic-Bend RESULTS

 

By Bonnie Moebeck

Burrito Union 5 & 10-Hour Race Report - The weekend kicked off nicely on Friday afternoon with my two Burrito Union 10 Hour Triathlon team mates, Nancy and Matt, coming over to my house to add my bike, camping & triathlon bags to the huge pile in the back of the truck. It was a beautiful day and we were off on a 3 hour drive to beautiful Superior Park in Wisconsin for the triathlon time of our lives. The Burrito Union is a unique event in that it does not consist of a single race. It is a continually revolving sprint distance triathlon that repeats as many times as the racers can fit into the 10 hour period or for those whom prefer to enjoy the cookout celebration atmosphere after a good race, as few as one triathlon.*Duly noted that one triathlon is a lot of work!  ....

"Did I Mention It Was Raining?"

rhiannonBy Rhiannon O'Connor

Ironman Wales was held for the third time this year in the Welsh town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire.  This is an area that my family and I spent many summer vacations when I was growing up.  We stayed in the area and played on many of the beaches that the bike route passed.  

My father's family is from the town of Narberth, which we passed twice on the bike route, and is also at the top of one of the major hill climbs.  When I decided to do an Ironman this was the one that called out to me.  Little did I know....

Monumentally Unsucky...

Ross-spittle.gif(Photo - This cool MinnefotaMoments photo of Ross honking a Sports Loogie has nothing to do with this story.)

Fall Classic Duathlon VII – The weather for last May’s Oakdale Du was nightmarish. It was cold and sleety and windy. Twas a monumentally sucky day.

Fast forward to last Saturday for the 7th annual Fall Classic Duathlon at Lake Elmo Park, the same venue used for Oakdale. Conditions were wonderfully autumnal: Hayride Weather, i.e. sunny with a smattering of cirrus clouds, light breezes and temps in the low 60s. The day was monumentally unsucky ....

Adele Haters & Ex-Boothers"...

thingONE LAST TRI VIII – One can learn much about people by watching them at races. Here are some of our observations at Sunday’s One Last Tri: Sarah Virkle hates Adele. Really, truly hates her. More than Congress, even. Vicki Ostendorf wears her baseball cap on backwards yet adamantly denies being a member of a gang. Jason Goepfert has a thermoregulatory thing that allows him wear shorts and t-shirts on jeans and sweatshirt days. And since becoming a triathlete a year and a half ago, Christine Fjelstad has stopped “boothing.” ...

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