Race Coverage

Smog, Smoke & Strange Porta Pottys...

Hefei.pngBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Hefei 70.3 Race Report - With the purchase of Ironman by the Wanda group based in China, a few pro races were added in China. After a little research on China I decided it could be a worthwhile trip to take.  There were a few hoops to jump through to get a Chinese Visa, including a letter from the entity that invited you to China, receipts for your flight and hotel stay and a new passport photo, so plan in advance if you ever want to go!

I didn’t have a ton of time off left at work so it would be a short trip, I left early Wednesday morning flying Minneapolis to LA to Shanghai to Hefei. I splurged and used all my sky...

Zipper Moves & Koalas...

HL_mooloolaba.pngBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Ironman 70.3 World Championships Race Report - When I started racing 70.3 I never thought I would be in the mix for qualifying to race at the World Championships. A few really good races at the end of 2015 and early 2016 set me up well and I was ranked 20th going in.  My main season goal was to race well at Worlds.  With a few sub-par races heading into September I made a few tweaks to my training in hopes to give my body and mind the boost they needed heading into the big race.  Knowing I didn’t make the time adjustment well when I raced in Europe, I planned to leave for Australia as early as possible.  I arrived Tuesday morning, with the race on Sunday I had five days to adjust.  Overall the adjustment went well, I was tired early evening and up around 4 am, which lined up well with my race night sleep pattern....

Looking Back...Conquering Couples...

HG_and_SC.pngYEAR OF THE COUPLE - 2015 was the year of the Woman in Minnesota. Never was the female tri and du talent pool so deep, until 2016 that is. The additions of Hanna Grinaker, Dani Vsetecka and Erin Hyndman-Farrens strengthened Team Minnesota significantly, and the women age-40 and over were abundant and faster than ever.

Then we juxtapose what was going on among Minnesota's elite amateur men. Four 2015 Team Minnesota members--Bennett Isabella, Nick Nygaard, Brian Sames and Devon Palmer--didn't race in '16. And Mike Ward (#11, who did race once), and Larry Hosch (#12, injured) were not in a position to fill two of the spots.

So, 2016 was also the Year of the Woman, right?

Sure, but it was likewise the year of the Couple. Three boyfriend/girlfriend teams rocked Team MInnesota last year. This is unprecedented. Check them out: ...

"...A Day to Remember"...

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By Nicole Heininger (nicoleheininger.wordpress.com)

 

Hawaii Ironman Race Report - Yesterday was exactly two months since the Ironman World Championship race. I have to admit, it has taken me this long to post my race recap partially because I had a hard time fully comprehending all my thoughts and emotions post race. To sum it up: the experience itself was amazing and my support crew was phenomenal….now if you want details keep reading!

First and foremost, I couldn’t be happier about having this opportunity. Not only was I healthy and able to race in the Ironman World Championship race, I finished and I had the support of so many, who not only got me to Hawaii, but kept me going that day. I am so grateful for the experience and will remember it forever. I was extremely blessed to have Jen Harrison coach me through it all and I can’t thank her enough. Likewise, I am thankful for all those who had a part in getting me to Kona, because without their support this experience wouldn’t have been possible. Big thanks to Eickhof Columbaria Inc., Hed Cycling and NOW Bikes and Fitness. Lastly, to my family and friends on the course, I couldn’t have done it without you. The support and encouragement was...

A True Legacy of Winning Ways...

RBM_shea.pngBy Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com - posted Dec. 1, 2016)

Two years ago to the day of Ironman Arizona, I put my PhD to good use as a counselor at an Inheritance of Hope (IOH) Legacy Retreat in New York City. IOH is a nonprofit organization that serves young families who have a parent facing a terminal illness. Retreats help shape a legacy and create lasting, unforgettable memories for families. It is an experience that changes everyone, sick or not sick, families or counselors. Retreats provide humbling lessons on perspective taking, recognition of life treasures, and intentionality with our children. We shouldn’t wait until we are sick to start doing these things—I remind myself of this daily and can always be better. So, it was IOH’s influence that led me to make a decision to spend a little extra money to coordinate a special trip for my 9-year old daughter, Shea, to watch her mom race Ironman Arizona on November 20th....

Rockin' the FKT...

mike_hike.pngBy Mike Ward (mikeward.cool)

Hike Date: September 1-9, 2016

Trail: Superior Hiking Trail

Trip Plan: Canada to Wisconsin, ~310 miles. Finish on the 9th day. Average of 34 miles per day. Solo, unsupported.

From Fastest Known Time archive (FKT Proboards): “Unsupported means you have no external support of any kind. Typically, this means that you must carry all your supplies right from the start, except any water that can be obtained along the way from natural sources. This approach has also been termed “alpine style”. The longest trip I’m aware of using this style is Coup’s 20-day thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. For most people, carrying enough food for more than a few days to one week will be prohibitive. Unsupported also means unaccompanied! (i.e., no pacers) Further note: Some people get really crazy about what does or does not fit into “unsupported”.” ...

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