Race Coverage

The Contador Fingerbang...

Really.gifBy Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com)

Leadman Epic 125 - Ben Race Report - Back in September T-Payne and I made our annual trek out to Bend, OR to visit our good friends Dave and Morgan. Now seems like the appropriate time to once again remind everyone that Dave had his ass kicked by a squirrel.

As expected, I left Bend totally wanting to move there. Since mechanical engineering jobs are tough to come by out there I even hatched a sure fire business plan which would no doubt result in endless cash flows with which to make it rain on Bend's many bike shops and microbreweries.

As the proud owner of a 49cc Yamaha Vino motorscooter, I know good scooting grounds when I see them.

Bend's compact layout and mild climate make for just about ideal scootering. The only problem is that there are no scooter dealerships in town.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Rainbow Road Scooters.  Rainbow road you say? What is this? Some sort of gay scooter dealership? No, we here at Rainbow Road welcome all sexual orientations, because Rainbow Road is a Mario Kart themed scooter dealership.

Another Half IM Win for CY...

CY-Soma.gifLife Time Tri - Soma Half IM - CATHY YNDESTAD's convincing victory at the Soma Half in Tempe, Arizona two days ago was her sixth win in eight multisport starts in 2014 and the 71st W of her tri/du career. Her time was FAST, a 4:32:45, requiring uniformly impressive splits: S - 28:35 - B - 2:28:28 - R - 1:33:54. It was her 2nd fastest half IM  ever and an 8:42 improvement on her winning time here in 2013. Additionally, it is the fastest 70.3 time of the year by a resident Minnesota woman.

More impressively, Cathy finished 7th overall and only 27:46 behind the male winner, Pedro Gomes, a Portuguese pro living in Scottsdale. Winner of Ironman Sweden in 2013, Gomes' name may sound familiar to those who watched or participated at Ironman Wisconsin last month. He finished 3rd there.

CY's Soma victory was her 3rd long course win of the season and the MMA Selectors have unanimously decided to add her name to the official list of "Long Distance Athlete of the Year" nominees. Yndestad is also nominated for "Triathlete fo the Year." ...

Recalling Brewhouse...

Brian-BH.gifED. While web surfing yesterday, we came upon some great print and video coverage of the Brewhouse Triathlon. Check it out.

By Sarah Wheeler

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Brian Bich crossed the line first at the 28th annual Brewhouse Triathlon on Saturday at Island Lake for his 12th overall title while Elaine Nelson, also of Duluth, racked up her second women's crown.

Bich finished with a time of 1:59:20, 19 seconds, 33 seconds faster than his time of a year ago. Nelson set a course record and her own personal record wit ha time of 2:12:5.

With both Bich and Nelson being Northland natives, they admit nothing compares to racing here in the Twin Ports...

Kort's Kona...

kort-and-fam.gifBy Kortney Haag

As I am sitting here contemplating foam rolling the thought of it terrifies me...I am not too sore in the legs but my body is sore from the beat up I took on my fall on the bike Saturday. Getting to Kona was a dream I have had since the first time I decided to do an Ironman. My first Ironman in 2012 at Wisconsin didn’t go as planned as I had GI issues through the whole run. I figured out what I needed to change in 2013 and placed first in my age group and second overall amateur that year. It is funny how things work out for a reason because in 2002 Derek and I came to Kona, HI for our honeymoon. Little did we know that the Ironman race was going on the next day. I still remember walking through the King Kamehameha hotel wondering what all these fit looking people were doing. We got up the next morning and watched the whole race unfold and were in awe of these amazing athletes. We didn’t get into the sport of triathlon for a long time after but I knew I wanted to come back and do this race someday. What is even more special is that this is our golden anniversary, for 12 years I have been married to my best friend....

Kona Coverage: Minnesotans...Updated..


Swim Splits:

- DAN ARLANDSON (38, Burnsville) - Swim - 59:52

- KORTNEY HAAG (35, Maple Grove) - Swim - 1:12:49 (Best IM Swim - 1:08:16 - IMOO '12)

- SARAH BERGER (28, St. Paul) - Swim - 1:16:19 (Best IM Swim - 1:09:41 - IMOO '13)

- HILARY PATZER (36, Minneapolis) - Swim - 1:17:22 (Best IM Swim - 1:15:21 - IMOO '13)

- BEN NEMETH (40-44, Sartell) - Swim - 1:28:09

- ERIC GOULLAUD (65-69, Plymouth) - Swim - 1:29:28

- DEREK GUIHER (35-39, Richfield) - Swim - 1:33:15...

Pros & Cons of Chattanooga...

devon-and-ruther.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

The Gold Guys asked me to present a dynamic discussion of Ironman Chattanooga rather than a traditional rambling race report. Please enjoy these pros and cons from Ironman Chattanooga:


Homestay: My homestay Alex was fantastic. A great homestay makes for a great weekend. He showed me around town and even braved the rain to make sure he caught me at the finish, even though I was coming through later than predicted. Can’t thank him enough. Alex, see you next September.

The Swim: The swim was all downstream. I went 9 minutes faster than my ridiculous swim from Louisville last year. It was the best. I’ve never swum that easy in a race before. Just sat at the back of the main pack. I was actually sharing a pair of feet with Trevor Wurtele and we swam face to face...

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