Race Coverage

A Ton of Fun...

image7.gifSwim Start photo by Bridget McCoy. You can see her feet.


By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Milwaukee Super Sprint Race Report -

Swim 1:

* In the last minutes before the race start almost everyone decided to take their wetsuits off for the first 325m swim, myself included! In the end it seemed like a wash with it on/off.
* LOVE the dive start format!
* I got smothered in the first 100 meters and decided to drop back and move outside for clear water. I forgot in ITU style racing it’s much more important to be aggressive at the start....

Life Does Not Suck...

biglake20152.gifBy Ryan Wippler

Big Lake Race Report - So this is it.  Last “Oly” of the season for this guy.  Time to see if the past year of 5:00 am wake-ups and hundreds of hours of training would lead to the result-that goal set almost one year ago-to go 2:05 on an olympic tri.  I hadn’t felt this kind of build up since Grandma’s Marathon 2013 when I qualified for Boston.  Casey Miller and Wade Cruser were my main competition, neither of which I had beaten this year.   Usually when the pressure builds, I perform better.  This is how my day went down.

Casey and I BS’d a bit before our swim wave.  He told me he was trying to get his mojo back after a half Ironman debacle a few weeks earlier where he suffered a back injury from a wetsuit removing service (didn’t know such a thing existed)  and was having shooting pain down his leg.  I told him of my lofty goal for the day and hoped to keep him close through-out the race as a motivating force.

I was trying a new one piece trisuit with sleeves which was supposed to be super aero on the bike.  I had used it and won the week before at Lake Minnewaska.  It makes what go for my guns these days look like pipe-cleaners; instant skinny arms!  If only they...

Unmatched Comaraderie...

ywca-podium.gifPhoto (L-R) - Daine Hankee, Christina Roberts, Heather Lendway. Lisa Lendway & preggers Olympian Carrie Tollefson, who urges us to eat stuff that's grown in Minnesota. Good advice.


8th YWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON - The MTN Guys have been following Minnesota multisports forever and will state unequivocally that 2015 is the "Year of the Woman." What we mean by this is that never before in a single season have so many of our state's multisportwomen emerged as regional, even national, stars. 

And the comaraderie among the top women is unmatched.

This is good stuff. Exciting stuff.

So, while the YWCA Women's Triathlon has always been special, one of the finest women's-only endurance events in the country, to be sure, the vibe at this year's race was even more, er...tingly than ever. In the spirit of celebrating each other and the healthy lifestyles they embrace, the...

Danis Fischer & Vsetecka Rock Rural Iowa......

sweat-lens.gif18th Annual Pigman Half - David Thompson came into yesterday's event hoping to record the 100th victory of his multisport career. The win would also be his 18th at the 70.3 distance and his 10th at this event.

Rookie pro Dani Fischer, an honorary Minnesotan now residing in Indianapolis, came into the race hoping to take a big bite out of Malaika Homo's 2006 course record 4:35:35.

DKT came close (4:04:23) to achieving his goals. Leading after the swim and bike, he was overtaken in the run by fellow pro Blake Becker (4:03:43) of Madison, Wisconsin. In the end, 40 seconds separated these athletes, who led the way against what was arguably the most talented men's field in Big Pig history.

Kentucky pro Mike Hermanson rounded out the men's podium (4:06:14).

FYI, the top position on the amateur podium was taken Toughman Minnesota champ Eric Engel (4:13:36), who placed 5th overall. The next two spots were earned by White Bear Lake's Kris Spoth (4:16:30) and Missourian Kevin Denny (4:18:18).  Once again, the fastest master was Medina's Kevin O'Connor (4:22:14)....

Racing Headlines...

ywca-logo.gif8th Annual YWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON - Heather Lendway and Christina Roberts claimed the pro and amateur titles this morning at Lake Nokomis. 935 women finished this annual celebration of fitness and empowerment. Words and pics coming soon.  RESULTS


8th Annual LAKE MARION TRIATHLON - Brian Gorman and Olivia Bagnall lived up to their pre-race favored status in this elongated International distance event. Andy Wiberg prevailed for the 3rd time in the sprint, also elongated this year due to road construction. Bette Rowley won for the 2nd straight year. Approximately 300 athletes participated.  RESULTS  ...

5-Peat for Cooley...

deer-yard.gif12th Young Life Triathlon - For new Minnesotan Sean Cooley, his victory this hot, windy morning in Detroit Lakes was his 5th straight. Conditions didn't support fast times, nevertheless, Dr. C managed to win the Olympic race by a plump margin.

Our records indicate that this was Sean's 12th victory on Minnesota soil. His co-winner, also one who has come out on top here on several occasions, was Bismarck, North Dakota's lovely Marnie Walth.

The companion sprint race was won for the second consecutive year by Kelly Heltemes. We think her last name is pronounced "Hell-Teh-Miss," but we could be wrong. Herdlets of cute, pooping deer often hang out in her back yard, especially in the winter (FB photo)....

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