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Raking in the Reals...

RUTH-HELLE-SOFIE.gifLATIN AMERICA 70.3 CHAMPIONSHIPS - BRASILIA - The season is young and most Minnesotans won't start racing for another month. Still, three of our state's fastest women are already kicking serious buttocks. A few weeks back, Lisa Lendway's half IM debut resulted in a runaway victory. That same weekend Lisa's sister, Heather, rocked a 2nd place pro finish ($3000 payday) at Las Olas International.

Yesterday, Ruth Brennan Morrey, in spite of a nine-minute deficit coming out of the water, rode like a banshee (2:17:19!) and ran even banshee-er (1:22:27!) en route to the podium, a 3rd place finish in a sizzing 4:18:16 at the Brasila Latin America 70.3 Championships.

The Top Two places were earned by Danish superstar Helle Fredericksen (4:04:16), whose 2014 victories included HyVee Elite Cup, Lanzarote 70.3 and Challenge Bahrain (Triathlon's richest race!), and Belgium's Sofie Goos (4:17:15), a sub-9-hour Ironman with a 70.3 PR of 4:06....

Hanging Out, Smiling, Laughing, Bonding...

Lisa-finish.gifToughman Florida – Race report

By Lisa Lendway (FYI - Today--March 27--is Lisa's Birthday.)

The short version: swim – short, double-loop through alligator-infested waters (17:30, after the race some of the athletes wearing GPS said it was around .8 miles, rather than 1.2); T1 – long run up to transition hoping I was fast enough so the fire ants wouldn’t bite me (2:22.4); Bike – 54 miles of absolute flatness (2:26:21.3); T2 – short and sweet (39.7); Run – HOT and a tad long (1:44:38.0, ~13.25 miles)

The LOOOONG version:

I signed up for the Toughman Florida half Ironman event in mid-December and trained for it all winter. I was tentatively excited about it, which means I was excited and EXTREMELY nervous. My bike was all tuned up by the great mechanics at NOW in St. Paul and it and my other gear were already in Florida with my Dad (aka Stopwatch Greg) and my sister (AKA Aunty Heather). I kept telling myself to stop being nervous about the race. No matter how it went, I was headed to the beach on a week vacation to Florida with my two girls! ...

My First Pro Podium...

LAS-OLAS-PODIUM.gifLas Olas – The Unexpected Non-Drafting Pro Debut – Race Report

By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

When I left for Florida on March 4th I was planning to race twice but I ended up racing three times with a last minute decision to race at Las Olas international distance tri in Ft. Lauderdale. If I quick flash back to that week, Lifetime had just announced that they would not be holding a professional tri series anymore and in that instant, the majority of my season’s racing plan was erased. That left me with a couple options: get more serious about draft legal racing or go long-distance. Neither option had me jumping for joy. After racing at Clermont on Saturday and being very disappointed in my performance, I began to question my choice for even taking my pro card. I wanted to go pro to have the opportunity to race the best athletes out there, now the majority of those opportunities disappeared (Olympic distance non-drafting)....

Much to be Happy About...

HL-sarasota.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

 

Sarasota Draft Legal Triathlon Race Report - After spending a week in Clermont my Dad and I packed up and headed to Sarasota Thursday before the race. Friday I had the day off of work and was able to drive down to check out the race course. We’d be swimming in a reservoir where they have held major rowing events. The bike and run were around the edge of the water with almost no tree coverage so spectators could watch the whole race unfold.

Saturday morning I was able to sleep in until 7 as the race didn’t begin until 11:30. After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel Patrick and Stopwatch Greg, we packed up and headed down to the race site. After getting my bike inspected and checking in, I hung out in the athlete tent to stay out of the sun as it was really heating up outside....

Gunshots & Guac in a Lava Bowl...

guac-lava-bowl.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)
 
(Yeah!!! I am killing it on my New Year's resolution to take more pictures, I uploaded over 100 for this post, feel free to just look at the pics if it's too long to read). Each year goes by faster than the last and I am left wishing I had more pics to remember it by...)
 
Puerto Rico 70.3 Race Report - I found out exactly why the San Juan 70.3 slogan is "Race In Paradise" & why I saw some superstar names in passed results with finish times they are capable of going much faster then on other courses. It was a fantastic event and the most fun half iron course I've ever raced! This was my favorite swim course to date, the bike is along the coastline with breathtaking..

Heather Kicked Butt! So did Lisa!

heather-and-leanda.gifFort Lauderdale, FL - After an 8th place finish on Saturday at the Sarasota Draft Legal Sprint Challenge, rookie pro HEATHER LENDWAY went ape-do-do on Sunday at the Las Olas International (1K-21 miles - 5.8 miles) Pro Challenge, placing 2nd overall just 36 seconds behind British superstar Leanda Cave.

Superstar? Oh yeah! Cave, who is even taller than the 5'10' Lendway, is a former Hawaii Ironman World Champion (2012), Long Distance World Champion (2007), 70.3 World Champion (2012), 23U World Champion (2001) and has medaled at Olympic distance worlds and the European Championships.

The race had a $25,000 pro purse, $3K of which wen to Heather. Very cool!

MTN will repost Heather's race report. RESULTS....

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