Race Coverage

Long & Waterless...

bo-and-sf.gifUSA Triathlon Web Release (usatriathlon.org):

CARY, N.C. — Amateur multisport athletes Albert Harrison and Laura Kline bested a field of more than 400 competitors to claim the overall titles at Saturday’s USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships, held in conjunction with the Cary Du Classic presented by the Happy Tooth.

Harrison (Boone, N.C.) finished the 5-mile run, 32-mile bike, 5-mile run course in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 21 seconds to win the overall and men’s 25-29 age group title. Jeff Wilson (Copley, Ohio), also in the men’s 25-29 age group, was second in 2:14:44, and Marc Warner (Crozier, Va.) was third overall, winning the men’s 45-49 title in 2:15:24. Patrick Parish (Bloomington, Minn.) posted the fastest time of the day in 2:13:00, but as an elite (professional) athlete does not qualify for age-group awards or national titles.

Kline (New Paltz, N.Y.) was the top finisher on the women’s side, earning the overall title as well as the women’s 35-39 division title in a time of 2:28:53. Diane Hankee (Lino Lakes, Minn.) finished in 2:29:09 for second overall and in the women’s 35-39 division, and Hannah Hanson (Frederick, Md.) claimed the women’s 34-39 title, rounding out the overall podium in 2:29:33....

Awesome Apple...

dani-f.gifThe 32nd Apple Duathlon was nothing short of awesome. It was won for the seventh time by pro David Thompson. Brooks Grossinger finished 4th and claimed the amateur men's title.

Pro Ruth Brennan Morrey nuked her 2012 CR and former Rochesterarian Dani Fischer (photo L) was Top amateur in the 4th fastest time in race history (1:32:43). James Hannon (55-59M) and Pam Stevens (60-64W) rewrote their AG's course records. Words and photos are coming soon. RESULTS

Devon's Double...

gwduerin.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

RACE REPORTAGE - It was a mixed weekend. After Falls Duathlon and another du the weekend after I took a full week to train. This weekend I tried a double, racing a sprint tri Saturday and the Gear West Duathlon Sunday. In the past the only double weekends I’ve done were with the Firehouse 50 team time trial on Saturday then a tri on Sunday. That went poorly the first year I tried it in 09 and fine the second year in 2010. The double was a nice push and I felt really strong a couple weeks later both times.

Saturday the sprint tri was fun but frigid. The swim was 51 degrees. That’s brisk. I felt like throwing up the first few minutes. The rest of the swim I just wanted to get the heck out of the water. I did not swim well at all. Heather...

Cold Water Makes You Slower...

heather-and-devon.gifPhoto - Winners Heather Lendway and Devon Palmer doing some post-race  glow-basking.

BLAINE TRIATHLON - Cold water makes triathletes slower. This was especially evident at the 3rd annual Blaine Triathlon last Saturday. Racing conditions were semi-ideal, except for the water temp, which was announced as 51.4-degrees. Some said it didn't feel that warm.

Mercifully, the swim was shortened from by a little more than a hundred meters, from .33 to .25.

How does cold water make one slow, you inquire?

It makes you shiver and your hands don't work, and your feet get numb and you can't talk good. Transition times are doubled, or tripled, or worse. Then it's hard to ride fast. Doing so only makes you colder and your teeth chatter harder and you get those convulsive shivery spasms that can make you crash if you already have lousy balance and negligible core strength.

Then you have to run on dead feet that make clumpy noises against the asphalt.

 

NOW Rocks in Cary...

snacks.gifBy Diane Hankee

RACE REPORT - The National Long Course Duathlon race in Cary was beautiful and challenging.  No regrets going to this race! 

The run course was a five mile out and back, that we completed two times.  It was mostly on a trail that had a mile and a half of a 1:1 slope - the kind of hill you would seek to train on and could have walked up just as fast.  The run course also had a little mud for a short section that added some excitement and sliding. 

The thirty-two mile bike was fast and rolling, mostly sheltered by a park forest.  There were a lot of athletes from around the Country which created some great competition in the female field.  However, it was unfortunate to see a few draft packs on the bike and some females mixed in there.  ....

Minnesota is Du Central...

louis-duing.gifWe're seven races into our spring du calendar and it's already apparent, at least to us, that, once again, Minnesota is arguaby the most talent-rich du state in the country. In 2013, three Loon Staters--Dan Hedgecock, Ruth Brennan-Morrey and Jenn Scudiero--earned USAT Duathlete of the Year awards, Hedge and Ruther as pros, Jenn as an amateur. We'd be shocked if something similar didn't happen this year, too.

Last Sunday, Dan and Ruth proved that they are still on top of their games with big victories over depthful fields at Gear West.

Three of the brightest stars on the 2014 national amateur du scene are Diane Hankee, Matthew Payne and Nate Hoffman, athletes who were not part of the US or MN DOY discussion last year. Hankee followed up her wins at Falls Du (CR) and Oakdale with a...

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