Dad Rocks "The Birthplace of America"...
Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:09
4th Annual HARVEST DUATHLON - ANDY ZABEL is a cool guy in his mid-thirties. He shaves his head and it looks really good and he has six or seven kids (photo L with two of his offspring). No kidding. Yesterday he won the Harvest Duathlon in Alexandria, "Alex" for short, a place that claims to be "The Birthplace of America." It's a Viking thing. It was the second W of his young multisport career.
Zabel's margin of victory on Saturday over runner-up MICHAEL STOICK, a two-time Minnesota Duathlete of the Year (2002, 2003), was 1:18. PETER RAINEY rounded out the men's Top 3.
For the third consecutive year, local athlete ANGIE JOHNSON won the women's race. She sometimes eats breakfast at a place called The Northwoods, where the portions are huge ...
Jorgensen is World Champ! And Other Stuff...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 17:20
Triathlon.org - American GWEN JORGENSEN (St. Paul, Minn.) today claimed a slice of history in winning the 2014 ITU World Championship Grand Final in a trademark come from behind performance. Jorgensen moved into triathlon royalty securing an unprecedented five WTS wins this season, joining just Alistair Brownlee as the only other athlete to have won five titles in one season.
Jorgensen’s win today also secured her the overall ITU World Championship final winning in a time of two hours and 5 seconds, finishing 16 seconds ahead of New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt (NZL). Hewitt’s second place secured her third in the overall standings. Nicky Samuels (NZL) finished a brilliant third in an event that saw some of the pre race contenders struggle.
“I don’t think it’s really sunk in at all, I just want to thank everyone that has helped me so much, Patrick, Jaime (Turner). Sarah Haskings was huge today. I’m really happy,” said Jorgensen.....
More Than a Feeling...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:10
By Jasmine Carlson
Minneapolis Duathlon Race Report - The question with these things is where to start?
Where does a race start? Is it during “off season” where you are logging all your base miles? Is it during that grueling track workout? Is it in the perfectly timed post-workout meal? Or is it on a chiropractors or massage therapists table? Then again maybe races start in your heart pumping enthusiasm for speed like blood through your veins.
The Minneapolis Duathlon started as the race I couldn’t get back to. After having raced and won the Minn Du in 2012 I was unable to return in ’13 due to an injury. I was looking forward to racing it again though I was hoping that the pavement was less pot-holed than I remembered. I’ll just spoil the surprise for you right now and tell you that the pavement was every bit as terrible as I remembered with the addition of some brand new chip seal at the turn around.
I spent the four days before the race with an off and on fever and a great set of hives sleeping only with the aid of benadryl hoping that I would be well enough to race, and at the same time freaking out about not being able to finish my week off strong. I knew I would have some strong competition compliments of Jenn Scudiero! ...
Superior Stuff, Man...
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 06:10
By Warren Peece
SUPERIOR MAN III – Last season’s Superior Man won the “Race of the Year” award. Did this year’s event live up to that legacy?
It sure did. In our opinion, SM III was superior to SM II in almost every regard.
It helped that the weather was cooperative. Temps were 30+ degrees cooler than in 2013, and though it was windy and even rained intermittently, the participants didn’t complain. Most of them were too busy setting personal bests, albeit unofficial ones.
A significant portion of the field cheered when Race Co-Director Clint Agar announced that “a current thing” necessitated a .3 shortening of the swim course, though eventual runner-up Marcus Stromberg, who is totally anal when it comes to measuring training and racing distances, would insist later that the choppy yet fast (swimmers swam with the current much of the way) route was, according to his GPS, actually .37 short. Thus the total...
Kris & Christina Throw Down...
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:10
LIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE - A huge field (1500+) and ideal racing conditions (cloudy with mild temps) contributed to exciting racing on Saturday at spectacular Weaver Lake Park in Maple Grove.
The fast times, though, were more a result of heavy-duty pulling and pushing on the race course than field size and cooperative weather.
The men's Olympic was highlighted by Kevin O'Connor pulling eventual winner Kris Spoth to a personal best victory, one which earned him (Kris) his yet unclaimed three "Fun Size" Snicker's bars, provided by MTN. Climbing the seemingly Alpsian hill that took the athletes on their second 5K lap of the run course, it was clear that...
"Dad, You Don't Look So Good"....
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:10
By JP Fahey
HITS - WACONIA FULL DISTANCE RACE REPORT - “I awoke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off, I sat and wondered!” No die hard triathlete sleeps well the night before their next triathlon. What would the weather be like? The forecast called for high 80s with high humidity, an older triathlete’s nightmare. Saturday August 16, HITS 140.6 Full distance triathlon, Lake Waconia, Waconia, MN. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 run, a 140.6 miles of pure bliss and hell! This was the first ever race in the Midwest sponsored by the upcoming East Coaster HITS. Also this was the first time there has ever been a 140.6 distance triathlon race conducted in MN.
As we prepared our gear in T1, we looked across the calm waters of Lake Waconia with the majestic Coney Island as a back drop. The temp was near 70, foggy, overcast and humid. The 70.3 and 140.6 participants started together at 7:00 am. Lake Waconia, although green this time of year, was very refreshing. The overcast skies held until about 1:00 pm, letting the athletes push their bikes to the limits. The sun burnt off the forgiving clouds and turned the HITS marathon course into an oven! High temps and high humidity make for cramping and walking during the run! ...
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