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Painfully Amazing....

manuela_medal.pngBy Manuela Knispel

Zofingen Long Course Duathlon World Championships Race Report - Zofingen kept all his promises of being the toughest duathlon in the word. It was by far the most painful and amazing race I have ever done. Here comes a little bit of a long post how it has been for me...It is a 10km run, a 150km bike and a 30km run that does sound hard but put that in the Swiss mountains and it becomes a whole new dimension. Honestly, I forgot all about the first run, the 700ft of up and downhill on mostly mountain trail went smooth and comfortable (in 41min but it's actually a 9.2km). The bike ride are three loops of 50km, three major hills in the beautiful Swiss countryside. I enjoyed the bike ride a lot. Going up the infamous Bodenberg feels a bit like the Tour de France where people are cheering on both sides of the rode. I passed people up the hill and were passed going down. The most important goal for the bike ride was to execute my nutrition plan. I tried to eat and drink as much as I could. After 5hours:10min I was happy that I didn't get a flat or crash my bike and could finally run. Actually I was so excited that I passed the bike-in and went on a fourth loop but soon realized my mistake and had to go back.

The run (it's about 2,500 ft of elevation for the 18mi) starts with a big big uphill. I felt good after the bike determined that I could run the hill. It...

Magnificent Minnesotans...


IRONMAN WISCONSIN XV - In the 15-year history of the race, who is the most successful amateur triathlete at IMOO?


Some may want to say East Gull Lake's  MICHELLE ANDRES, a two-time overall amateur champ and former women's CR holder, words that can also be used to describe Wisconsin's Ami Hutchinson.

We'd argue that IMOO's most successful amateur is Long Lake's JAN GUENTHER.

Here's why: In the inaugural IMOO in 2002 she was 42. She won the overall amateur crown and set a masters record that still stands. Her time was 10:24:42, amazing on a course that is now legendary for its challenge and scenery...

Blaine & Square Lake Stuff...


Photo - Rockin' North Dakotans (L-R) - Lyn Beiswanger, Marnie Walth, Beverly Everett, Melanie Carvell, Megan Beam. Front - Lori Finken.


BLAINE TRIATHLON V - After her victory at the Apple Duathlon in 1998, Bismarck-based multisport pioneer MELANIE CARVELL told one of the MTN Guys that she was mentoring an unknown athlete named MARNIE WALTH. She claimed that Marnie was a special talent.

She was so right.

The next year (1999), Walth won the Apple Duathlon, and since then has won most of Minnesota's major races, e.g. Heart of the Lakes, Timberman, Lake Waconia, Gear West Du, Square Lake, Chisago Lakes Half, and in 2005 the North Dakotan was ranked 3rd on Team Minnesota.

Walth is 47 now and races infrequently in multisport events, but she tends to win, or at least podium, at those races. In 2015, she raced at the...

15 Buffalo Wings & Gwen's Help...

mc_and_claire.pngBy Mitchell Clayton (mitchellclaytontriblog.wordpress.com)

Superior Man Race Report - First thing’s first, here’s an update on last Sunday’s St. Paul Triathlon… A little research was ....used to determine that I actually won the race.

So with 4 wins thisseason, I headed up to Duluth to seek out my 5th....

Auf Weidershen, Mein Hip...

Amy_IMOO.pngED. Lots of records were rewritten this morning at the 5th annual BLAINE TRIATHLON. Words and pics on Sunday or Monday. RESULTS

JASON TOTH and TIFFANY KARI lead the way this morning at the 18th annual SQUARE LAKE TRIATHLONRESULTS


By Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

Funny how things work out.  Or, don't.

Ironman Wisconsin, affectionately known as Imoo, is next week Sunday. One short year ago, I volunteered at Imoo so I could sign up to race it this year.  I also volunteered at Ironman Arizona last November and then signed up to do a second Ironman in 2016.

Even though I had finished Imoo in 2012 and 2014, Ironman became something I loved and found it very hard to give up.  It's not just the race or the training.  I've met wonderful people, spent some time training in beautiful places and really grew to enjoy challenging myself physically and mentally.

I also really love the Wisconsin course.  The bike course, while difficult because of many, many, and I mean MANY hills, takes you though some...

"All in All, We Had a Fantastic Weekend"...

NATHAN_AND_JULIE.pngBy Nathan Ansbaugh (nathanansbaugh.blogspot.com)

Superior Man Race Report - Julie and I were thrilled to escape the Twin Cities/Residency this past weekend to get up to Duluth for what proved itself to be one of the coolest races I have ever done (or mostly done that is). We met up with Sean and Hanna at a little house we had rented for the weekend on Saturday night in preparation for an early launch from the deck of the Vista Fleet ship into Lake Superior. I was especially excited for Julie to have Superior Man be her first 70.3 distance race.

Personally, I had high hopes for the race knowing it was a deep field of stellar athletes including Sean and Matt Payne amongst several others but had been feeling pretty good over the past few weeks despite a ridiculous work schedule. The last time Sean, Matt, and I raced, we finished next to each other on the podium and I was hoping for a similar outcome in Duluth.

One big variable going into Sunday's race for me was a strained calf I had been struggling with over the past week. I was doing some intervals last week and ended up hobbling back a few miles from home after I got a...

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