Race Coverage

Sausage Toes & Pleasant Surprises...

ang and diane(Photo - Dave, Angie and Sausage Toes.)

By Diane Hankee

Ironman Louisville Race Report- The weekend started fast when I drove Angie Schmidt's car through a toll booth without stopping. To my defense there was rain and construction and there are not tolls where I am from. There were points while I was driving her new car through Chicago when she had her eyes covered.

The race was hell, but it was hell for everyone, so an even playing field. The swim was fast and fun. The bike I took easy because I was determined not to overheat. This year, they only had 5 tires blow up from heat the day before during the mandatory bike check in, previous years there has been 100+.

On the bike in the steep out-and-back there was a crash leading to a pile up, and a couple more bike crashes throughout the day. The run was hot and flat, boring, seem to take forever. I was on mile 9 or so, when the first...

Dave Likes the Heat...

dlBy Shelly Summer

Sports Writer / Brainerddispatch.com

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Superior Challenge...

watercolorSUPERIOR MAN II - A black Standard Poodle the size of a small yak lay in the limited shade of a maple tree not far from the Superior Man finish line. The air was drunk with humidity and the sinister sun was toasting the surface of all planets within a 93 million mile radius. Mars was a much more comfortable place to be on Sunday.

The dog, let's call him Phydeaux, which is French for "Fido," was panting like a banshee. Nordic beauty Brianna Johnson couldn't bear to look at the uncomfortable beast. It reminded her of her similarly furry boyfriend--Ross Weinzierl (Yes! Ross and Brianna are back together! Yay!)--who was on the run course, unprotected by trees and the ability to cool himself via panting, though pant he did for perhaps 40 minutes longer than he had originally intended....

Hot Competition...

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Thad Rocks in Chi-Town...Podiums for Diane & DKT...

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Weekend Results Links...

kristin(Photo - Superior Man winner Kristin Gustafson and a guy.)

Sorry we're getting these links posted so late. We crashed hard after we got home from Superior Man yesterday. Who knew it could get so dang hot in Duluth?

SUPERIOR MAN TRIATHLON - Twas an extremely challenging, thus extremely rewarding day. Belligerent in-your-face winds and current, high humidity and triple-digit heat index made just finishing a Badge of Honor more prized than any PR. Sean Cooley repeated as men's champion and Mankato's Kristin Gustafson took the women's title. We're sooooo impressed with Kristin. We'll tell you why in our coverage that will post tomorrow. RESULTS

LAKES COUNTRY TRIATHLON - David Lewis and Sara Sampsell-Jones led the way yesterday in toasty Baxter. Story and photos will post on Wednesday. RESULTS

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