Race Coverage

The Best Race You've Never Done...

fairmont-finisher.gifBy Mario Minelli

FAIRMONT TRI RACE REPORT - Saturday June 14, 2014 appeared to be the second Saturday in a row in which high wind, rain, and lightning would test the nerves of race directors as well as the athletes themselves.  Fellow Kasson-ite, Sam Wiegand, and I headed to the Fairmont area on Friday, June 13th to check-in for the Fairmont Triathlon.  My in-laws have a cabin about 10 miles west of Fairmont so that is where we would stay on the eve of what we expected to be close to or the worst weather conditions either of us have raced in.  The forecast was for rain, scattered thunderstorms with lighting and 28 mph wind from the south (the bike section goes straight south for the first 7.5 miles--nice).  We got our race packet then scanned it over a mat to verify our timing chip info on one of 3 large flat screens what would a day later scroll real-time results.  Its not often that you see that sort of system at a fairly small venue, but that's how AllSportCentral rolls I guess.  Race packets in hand (which...

HL is Crazy-Fast: 1:04:53!

LMT-logo.gifLAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON - For the 3rd consecutive year, Brooks Grossinger has won the men's amateur title at this 11-year-old classic. His time was only seven seconds off Brett Lovaas' amateur course record. Heather Lendway picked up her 5th consecutive win of the season, and her 5th CR. The weather was awesome. When was the last time we could say that? 

More words and some photos on Tuesday. RESULTS

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Third Time's A Charm...

matt-and-neil.gifLakes to Pines for a third time. (LTP)
 
By Matt Dickenson
 
RACE REPORT - Leading up the Saturday I really had no intentions of racing in Park Rapids.  My friend’s wife Ellen Thomes (wife of very tall Dave Thomes) was going to be racing her very first triathlon.  This is a super fun, fast race.  It feels so different when you’re there, maybe that’s because they limit the participants to 100.  I have a spot in my heart for Lakes to Pines, as it was my very first triathlon back in 2011.  Not to mention it supports the high school swim team and I get to see my buds to the North in the Headwaters tri club.  On that cold day in May 2011, it was 41 degrees raining/sleeting.  My first thought was “what am I doing here?  I played football, basketball, and baseball my whole life now I plan to swim bike run”.  I woke up this morning at 4:41 a.m. 19 minutes before my alarm so I was like what the heck I am up.  I looked out the...

A Grand Moment...

RUTH-TAPE.gifFirst 70.3 Professional Win After a Punch of Trust

By Ruth Brennan Morrey

Lifting the tape in first position on June 8th to win the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Kansas was a grand moment—my first pro win against some world-class competitors. Perfect training build, perfect taper, perfect weather, and perfect execution made for a flawless day. Leading up, I had a strange premonition that Kansas 70.3 would be a cracker of a race! Pre-race text messages and conversations with husband, coach, and friends included calm, confident, and convincing phrases like, “Definitely ready for great things”, “Taper coming at a perfect time”, “I have a really good feeling about this one”, and “For some reason, I know this will be a great race”.

So, what was so different about this one? My intuition was primarily stemming from overall body ‘feel’. Completing training sessions is certainly different than feeling the effects of training sessions, and at the beginning of the Kansas taper, my body felt appropriately and perfectly exhausted. I told a few people that my body felt quite similar to the training effects/fatigue I experienced before a great race at Panama 70.3 in February.  The build also included two local yet highly competitive short course duathlons—Gear West and Apple—in which we decided I would ‘train through’ which was an atypical move. My long course legs were perturbed when I cranked up the intensity at these races, but I managed bike splits not far off from the top pro men, and as a result, confidence in my bike fitness accompanied me to Kansas....

Evolving Plans...

kortney-run.gifBy Kortney Haag (kortneyhaag.blogspot.com)

Monday, June 3, 2014 - Change in plans -I just got done racing the Buffalo Olympic triathlon and it was fun but cold. If anyone knows me they know that I like it the hotter the better! Race officials said the water temperature was 66 degrees but not sure about that one - it felt pretty cold to me! I had a solid race but had a mechanical issue on the bike that probably cost me about 90 seconds which is quite a bit of time but I ended up 3rd overall. Swim went as well as expected and being so cold I never felt like I could really get into a groove. I camped out way too long in T2 putting on gloves, arm warmers--you name it! I knew I would be chilled so I wanted to make sure I could stay as warm as I could. The run was where I was pleasnatly surprised - I ran decent considering I am fighting some glute/hammie issues. I struggled with this last year but it is working its was out....

Last Weekend's Results...

steph-and-hollie.gif- FAIRMONT TRIATHLON - Stephanie Peterson (photo L) won her ancestral hometown's sprint triathlon for the 4th consecutive year last Saturday. Finishing 7th overall in a field of 60 finishers, Peterson, who is a total sweetheart, outraced her nearest challenge, Hollie Beckford (also in photo) by 4:16.

As usual, the Fairmont Olympic race was won in convincing fashion by David Holden (1:55:22). Bronze medalist Mario Minelli will file a race report later this week. RESULTS

- HIGH CLIFF HALF IM - Rochester's Veronica Bond finished 9th last Saturday at beautiful High Cliff State Park on Lake Winnebago, which is humongous, in Sherwood, Wisconsin. One of our region's most challenging halves--only two women, one a first-tier pro (Jessica Jacob's won Ironman Wisconsin and Ironman Florida in 2011. Her time at Florida was 8:55), broke five hours on that cool, windy morning. Bond's time was 5:13:15. The men's half was won by Life Time Fitness Triathlon Coach and totally nice guy, ...

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