Race Coverage

The Rochester Rocket...

rbm-kansas.gifED. For decades, Timothy Carlson, a totally good guy, has been one of our sports's most outstanding journalists. Here's what he had to say about Ruth Brennan Morrey--The Rochester Rocket!--after her stunning victory at Kansas 70.3 last weekend.

By Timothy Carlson (for Slowtwtitch.com)

If you just looked at the names on the entry list, no way that 38-year-old Ruth Brennan Morrey of Rochester, Minnesota, who has been doing triathlons for just three years and turned pro last year, was going to contend with Ironman Hawaii runner-up Rachel Joyce. But somehow this long-ago NCAA Division I soccer star, Olympic Trials marathon qualifier, mother of three with a PhD in psychology who took 10 years off sports altogether managed once again to upend any and all athletic preconceptions with a bang....

Sister Act...

lendwaysTrinona.gif(Photo - A bunch of Lendways.)

RACE COVERAGE - On a morning that was as beautiful and cooperative as the day before was yucky and dispiriting, a pair of sisters, the Lendways, Heather and Lisa, dominated their respective events in lush Winona. Less than 24-hours after the particants at Liberty contended with rain, wind, mud, cold and standing water deep enough to support small fish, the Lendways, and nearly a thousand others, raced at Trinona beneath a blue sky and bright sun. Temps were in the 60s. A perfect day to climb The Bluff.

While women's course record holder Ruth Brennan Morrey was busy in Manhattan, Kansas, winning her first major 70.3 Series race, Heather was busy erasing her (RBM's) CR. From the get-go she disengaged from her gender and pursued the few elite men who managed to stay in front of her. Despite what appeared to be a slightly long swim and the fact that she was feeling so sub-spunky on the run that she even walked briefly at times, HL reached the finish line in 2:09:50 (11th overall!), a full 4:45 ahead of RMB's 2012 record. Moreover, almost six minutes...

Sometimes It Rains...

ashley-malzahn.gifPHOTO - Winnipeg's Ashley Malzahn, one of many wonderful Canadians whose annual tri calendars include the Liberty Triathlon. 

RACE COVERAGE - Yucky days happen. Sucks, but true.

Sometimes races fall on yucky days. That was certainly the case last Saturday at the 10th annual Liberty Triathlons. Relentless rain and wind that made the cool temps feel even colder and a transition area resembled the Okefenokee Swamp were what 343 eventual finishers had to contend with.

More than 500 athletes had signed up for the races--half and Olympic. Unsurprisingly, many stayed in bed and of the slightly more than 400 who showed up, approximately 70 decided not to endure the one hour delay.

Naturally, most course records remained intact. None were reset in the Olympic race, but two fell in the Half, starting with Matthew Payne's incredible 4:02:46, which not only lopped close to five minutes off his 2013 CR, it will be debated whether it, or Kevin O'Connor's 4:02:59 turned in at Muncie in 1997, deserve to stand as the Minnesota men's amateur Half IM record. Most 70.3 courses have suspect measurements. It's hard to accurately measure that much real estate.

In any case, Matt's effort was but another in a long list of course records he has set over the last few seasons. In 2014 already, he has crushed the amateur CRs at Oakdale, Buffalo Olympic and Liberty. We're anxious to see how he fares at Best of the...

Sunday Racing News...

hl-trinona.gifTRINONA VI  - David Thompson won the Olympic race for the fifth consecutive year, and Heather Lendway (photo) took a gluttonous 4:45 bite out of Ruth Brennan Morrey's 2011 women's race record. RESULTS

John Taipale and Lisa Lendway won Trinona's sprint course race. Words and photography for both races on Tuesday. SPRINT RESULTS

KANSAS 70.3 - Ruth Brennan Morrey captured the women's title today at Kansas 70.3. Her time was 4:13:47, missing Rachel Joyce's 2012 CR by a scant second. Ruther's margin of victory over runner-up Joyce of Great Britain was :57 seconds. RBM's splits - 28:34 - 2:21:31 - 2:20:50. RESULTS

LAKE CRYSTAL DUATHLON - Land Between the Lakes Du winner Mario Minelli picked up another run-bike-run victory yesterday at Lake Crystal Rec. Center. Becca Lewis was the women's champ....More stuff on page 2.

Cooked!

gwpose.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

I participated in and successfully completed a sprint (Pigman Sprint) last Sunday. Unfortunately I can’t say much more than that. I got on the bike and realized I was cooked. I’d overstepped a bit in training and didn’t have the firepower I need in a race. This happened many times in 2012 and 2013. It is no fun. I felt kind of dull and wasn’t sharp or excited the day before the race. That should have been a warning sign. Racing when cooked is rough because you just feel silly getting trounced and going slow out there. It was completely self inflicted as well – my coach assigned 2-3 hours or riding the Wednesday before the race which I turned into 100 miles. Looking at the two weeks leading into the race it’s pretty obvious that Wednesday century was ill advised. Anyways, I’ll have to carefully nurture my ego and confidence back to health this week.

Another downside is when you race tired or in a negative mindset it seems bad stuff is more likely to happen. Finishing the ride I somehow managed to take an acrobatic tumble as I...

Pigs & Pontevedra...

GW-Team.gifPIGMAN SPRINT - In an earlier post we mentioned that Minnesotans have historically dominated at Pigman Sprint. The legacy lives on. Here's how our state's triathletes fared last Sunday in Palo, Iowa:

Overall Top 10 - Six of these spots were earned by Minnesotans.

2nd - David Thompson - 1:01:55. (He finished just 25-seconds behind winner Daniel Bretscher, despite having flatted with four miles to go in the bike segment.)

3. Dan Hedgecock - 1:02:28

7. Kevin O'Connor - 1:04:34 - 2nd amateur/ 1st Master

8. Devon Palmer - 1:06:28

9. Heather Lendway - 1:06:53 - Lowered Claire Bootsma's 2012 course record by 1:46....

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