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Strength Summoning...

dawnED. Dawn Johnson is a triathlete whose brain cancer was diagnosed last spring. On August 11 she raced at the USAT National Sprint Championship.

By Dawn Johnson (braintumorwod.wordpress.com)

USAT SPRINT NATIONALS - The day was Sunday August 11, 2013. Place Milwaukee, WI. I had been waiting for this day since last Fall. I am a former elite triathlete and triathlon coach. This was supposed to be a race to be competitive and do well but the plans changed with my diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma and 7 hour brain surgery. Brain cancer was not going to stop me from neither starting nor finishing. In the back of my mind, I knew I was doing this for a cause, the American Brain Tumor Association and for those who cannot. It had been 11 weeks since my brain surgery and just over a week since my last oral chemo dose and radiation treatment. I had been unable to train much because of post-surgical restrictions, slowed recovery from chemotherapy, and fatigue from treatments. I reminded myself with a quote from President Obama at the Boston Marathon Memorial Service,

Great Venue. Great Day. Great Event....

(YndeCam Photo - Race Director Chuck Smith giving great meeting.)

LAKE MARION VI - This great event is co-director by decorated identical twin triathletes, albeit "lapsed" triathletes (neither has raced in a "Coon's Age," whatever that means?), Chuck and Phil Smith. Being identical, they are difficult to tell apart. As a rule of thumb, Phil is the one who wears baseball caps, usually backward. Chuck is not into hats.

You can also tell the brothers apart by the fact that Chuck, not Phil, conducts the pre-race meeting, and does so with totally cool understated pithiness.

Put differently, Chuck gives great meeting....

Sunday Tri Results...UPDATED...

fishLAKE MARION VI - Course records by Andy Wiberg (Sprint) and Dennis Dane (Olympic) were among the highlights of this claire

great event at what is arguably the Twin Cities' best tri venue. Avid fisherman,

Cooley Three-Peats at Detroit Lakes...

logoYoung Life Triathlon X - Grand Forks' totally likeable Sean Cooley collected his 3rd consecutive Olympic distance victory at the 10th anniversary Young Life Triathlon in Detroit Lakes this morning. His 1:58:57 was the 2nd fastest time in race history and Cooley's second best effort at the distance. His PR--1:58:24--was set at the Best of the US Championship in Hammond, Indiana in June.

Between the Olympic and Sprint races, there were 313 finishers and North Dakotans claimed three of the four overall titles. RESULTS

2nd By Seconds...

ben podiumBy Ben Ewers (benewers.blogspot.com)

USAT Age Group Nationals Race Report - In looking back at any race effort you usually can find 16 seconds in a 2+ hour race that you could have cut out. Less fumble in the transitions. Push the swim/bike/run/you-name-it just a little harder. At the end of the day, it's all OK, as long as you made the best combination of emotional, physical, and mental effort you could make on that day. I was beaten by 15 seconds in the USAT National Age Group Triathlon Championships held Saturday August 10th in Milwaukee with a time of 2:22:23 on a beautiful day for racing. I was excited about the result given that I was not where I had planned to be with my run fitness. Optimal fitness, emotional and mental readiness at this level of racing are crucial as finishing places can be separated by narrow margins of just seconds. For example, I've finished second twice (by 24 seconds and now 15 seconds) and won twice (by 12 seconds and 1 minute) at these National Championships...

PP & Ruther Rack Up Frequent Fyler Miles...

mapmapED. When Patrick Parish and Ruth Brennan Morrey are not visible at the races our world isn't right. So, we emailed them to see if what the deal is. Here are their replies.

Howdy MTN Guys,

Yes, my name is still Patrick and I'm still a race-aholic. Recent "incidents" include a couple local bike races, running races, and the duathlon elite world championships in Cali, Colombia. The Cali trip was incredible - representing USA at the World Games with thousands of fans everywhere, meeting top athletes of bizarre sports from around the world, eating fresh papaya, and practicing my Spanish. The race itself was not my...

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