Raised By Hippies...
Friday, 23 August 2013 01:10
By Dan Hedgecock (danhedgecock.blogspot.com)
Two weeks ago I raced the Chisago Half Iron for the third year in a row. It's a fun race about an hour outside of Minneapolis with a great course. Heading into the race I was hoping to improve on my time from last year and get a little closer to a sub 4 hour half, but the race had other plans for me. I swam well enough, and came out of the water in 2nd to Mr Thompson, took a little extra time to put on socks and hit the bike course. It was cool enough that I was thankful whenever the sun came out for a little warmth and somehow the laws of physics allowed a headwind for 50 miles! of the 56 mile bike course. My legs felt great through 30 miles on the bike, but then my lower back and glutes started to tighten up. My bike position isn't overly aggressive, but I hardly ever ride in the aero position for longer than 45 minutes and my body didn't agree with me on 2 hours 15 minutes. By the time I hit mile 50 all I could think about was getting off that damn bike. Of course as soon as I started running all I could think about was not running anymore. All in all it was a fair showing good enough for 2nd and $750. Results Here
Last week I made the 3.5 hour drive to the Wisconsin Dells for my first Rev3 race. The Wisconsin Dells is America's indoor water park capital or something like that and is the biggest tourist trap in the country ...
Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:10
ED. Dawn Johnson is a triathlete whose brain cancer was diagnosed last spring. On August 11 she raced at the USAT National Sprint Championship.
By Dawn Johnson (braintumorwod.wordpress.com)
USAT SPRINT NATIONALS - The day was Sunday August 11, 2013. Place Milwaukee, WI. I had been waiting for this day since last Fall. I am a former elite triathlete and triathlon coach. This was supposed to be a race to be competitive and do well but the plans changed with my diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma and 7 hour brain surgery. Brain cancer was not going to stop me from neither starting nor finishing. In the back of my mind, I knew I was doing this for a cause, the American Brain Tumor Association and for those who cannot. It had been 11 weeks since my brain surgery and just over a week since my last oral chemo dose and radiation treatment. I had been unable to train much because of post-surgical restrictions, slowed recovery from chemotherapy, and fatigue from treatments. I reminded myself with a quote from President Obama at the Boston Marathon Memorial Service,
Great Venue. Great Day. Great Event....
Monday, 19 August 2013 03:10
(YndeCam Photo - Race Director Chuck Smith giving great meeting.)
LAKE MARION VI - This great event is co-director by decorated identical twin triathletes, albeit "lapsed" triathletes (neither has raced in a "Coon's Age," whatever that means?), Chuck and Phil Smith. Being identical, they are difficult to tell apart. As a rule of thumb, Phil is the one who wears baseball caps, usually backward. Chuck is not into hats.
You can also tell the brothers apart by the fact that Chuck, not Phil, conducts the pre-race meeting, and does so with totally cool understated pithiness.
Put differently, Chuck gives great meeting....
Sunday Tri Results...UPDATED...
Sunday, 18 August 2013 14:05
LAKE MARION VI - Course records by Andy Wiberg (Sprint) and Dennis Dane (Olympic) were among the highlights of this
great event at what is arguably the Twin Cities' best tri venue. Avid fisherman,
Cooley Three-Peats at Detroit Lakes...
Saturday, 17 August 2013 12:16
Young Life Triathlon X - Grand Forks' totally likeable Sean Cooley collected his 3rd consecutive Olympic distance victory at the 10th anniversary Young Life Triathlon in Detroit Lakes this morning. His 1:58:57 was the 2nd fastest time in race history and Cooley's second best effort at the distance. His PR--1:58:24--was set at the Best of the US Championship in Hammond, Indiana in June.
Between the Olympic and Sprint races, there were 313 finishers and North Dakotans claimed three of the four overall titles. RESULTS
2nd By Seconds...
Saturday, 17 August 2013 01:10
By Ben Ewers (benewers.blogspot.com)
USAT Age Group Nationals Race Report - In looking back at any race effort you usually can find 16 seconds in a 2+ hour race that you could have cut out. Less fumble in the transitions. Push the swim/bike/run/you-name-it just a little harder. At the end of the day, it's all OK, as long as you made the best combination of emotional, physical, and mental effort you could make on that day. I was beaten by 15 seconds in the USAT National Age Group Triathlon Championships held Saturday August 10th in Milwaukee with a time of 2:22:23 on a beautiful day for racing. I was excited about the result given that I was not where I had planned to be with my run fitness. Optimal fitness, emotional and mental readiness at this level of racing are crucial as finishing places can be separated by narrow margins of just seconds. For example, I've finished second twice (by 24 seconds and now 15 seconds) and won twice (by 12 seconds and 1 minute) at these National Championships...
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