Desire & Alcohol...
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 23:10
By Erin Sontowski (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)
TOUGHMAN RACE REPORT - Well, my road to a 70.3 this year was interesting to say the least.
DNF at Liberty Half to start the year out. Ok, that's fine, I shook it off.
And then came Racine Ironman 70.3. My "A" Race. The big race of my 2016 season. I even planned a mini vacation with Marc around this race as sort of a celebratory hoorah after I was done. And also to sort of butter my husband up, as he has been nothing short of amazing this entire year.
Seriously, if you ever meet a partner who is willing to deal with taper week mood swings and to sit outside for hours and hours after getting up at 4 am, KEEP THEM FOREVER...
Monday, 01 August 2016 23:10
WALKER TRI - It's turning out to be a very good year for rookie triathletes in Minnesota. Novices Hanna Grinaker and Maggie Weiss have been stellar, and Zoe Reker and Allie Nowak have also had head-turning moments.
But where are the guys? Haven't any first-year men distinguished themselves?
Yes, one man has. His name is Joel LaFrance, an accomplished Nordic skier, who prior to this season, had done only one tri -- Buffalo Olympic in 2011. Until last Saturday, his 2016 multisport scorecard featured a victory at the USAT Winter Triathlon National Championships and a 3rd at Bertram Blast.
On Saturday, he placed 3rd again, this time at the 7th annual Walker Tri. He was beaten by a pair of established talents, Casey Miller, who's win was his 3rd of the season, second at Walker, and 11th of his career, and Thomas Anderson III, who in 14 career starts has posted two victories and eight other podiums.
LaFrance finished just 23 seconds behind Anderson.
The guy we picked to win, Larry Hosch, placed 4th, his achilles injury adversely affecting both his swim kick and his running stride. He crossed the line eight seconds after Joel did....
Sunday, 31 July 2016 05:10
Photo - Brad Mitchell and his talented peeps, Gaby Bunten and Lisa Lendway.
TURTLEMAN - In our preview of this resurrected event we did not make any predictions, other than guessing that several of our state's elite triathletes would register late.
We we soooo right. Elite late registrants included eventual women's champ Gaby Bunten, women's runner-up Lisa Lendway, and winner of Manitou and Blaine in 2015, Chris Tatton, who would have to settle for 2nd on Saturday, though only by 14 seconds....
Putting the Smile Back on Her Face...
Thursday, 28 July 2016 23:10
By Kristin Gustafson
Toughman Race Report - Another ½ Ironman is in the books. It wasn’t the day I was hoping for, but I didn’t quit and even more happy that my MS symptoms were nowhere to be found!!
I decided to sign up for the Elite group this time. I was a little nervous about this and thought it was time to see how I would stack up. This morning was perfect. I love racing in hot weather so I was happy that it was going...
Breakouts & Breakdowns...
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 01:10
TOUGHMAN HALF - Sean Cooley is a balls-to-the-wall racer. He wants to win every race he enters and is willing to bust his hump to make that happen. Sometimes it works, like it did at Lake Waconia, where he took down the men's course record. And sometimes it doesn't, like at Minneapolis where he hammered the bike so hard he paid dearly on the run. Still, he managed a 2nd place finish behind a dude--Matt "Pain Train" Payne-- who hasn't been beaten by a fellow Minnesotan since 2012 and is a perennial USAT AOY HM.
At Toughman in Chisago City last Sunday, Dr. Cooley once again let it all hang out during the bike portion. Despite the headwind on the return portion, he kept his head down and cranked furiously until the end. By that time his leg muscles had turned to oatmeal. The four-minute lead over eventual winner, that pesky Payne, dwindled quickly.
Matt, who wasn't feeling too spunky either, took the lead before the five mile mark of the run.
Oatmeal Legs fought valiantly the rest of the way, but eventually had to settle for 4th. He was overtaken by the event's amateur race record holder, Tim Hola, and Kris Spoth, who raced because last weekend's ca-ca weather cheated him out of a successful 70.3 experience in Racine....
Blank & Heiney....
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:10
TOUGHMAN SPRINT - The wetsuitless swim may have added minutes to the times of those doing the half IM, but it appeared to have had little impact on the sprinters, who only had to swim 400 meters.
Nicole Heininger (photo) successfully defended her 2015 title by leading from the get-go. Her small gap after the swim grew to an insurmountable one after the 22-mile bike portion. Though Diane Hankee, who has 28 career multisport wins and has been racing like a banshee in 2016, outran Heiney by more than a 30-seconds a mile over the closing 5K, it wasn't nearly enough to close the gap. Diane's 1:23:00 would rank as the 5th fastest women's time in the 11-year history of the sprint--only pros Heather Lendway (twice) and Lauren Goss, and now Nicole Heininger--had gone faster.
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