Race Coverage

Cutting Them Some Slack...

jess-Finish-line.gifBy Jessica Rossing

La Habana Triathlon race report.

It’s late Friday night, the night before the race, and I am lying in bed happy and full from a great gourmet meal that only cost $25. (Most things are very inexpensive in Cuba) My race bag is packed and I am visualizing each part of the race as I fall asleep. I wake up around 8a to an overcast and very humid morning. It’s been predicted to rain all day, but I’m optimistic and have a good feeling the rain is going to hold off and it’s going to be a perfect day to race. My house host (Matilde) lets us know that breakfast is ready so three other American athletes and myself sit down to eat. We are served lots of fruit, a smoothie, veggies, and an omelette. Once we finish eating we get our things together, get our bikes and start our ride to the race site.

The race site is about 12K from Casa Matilde’s and we have to ride through the city and lots of traffic to get to the venue. Within 10 minutes of our ride I am sweating, the air is so thick, you can feel the storm coming. It feels like at any moment the humidity is going to break and the storm is going to unleash. But, I am still optimistic that it’ll hold out untill we are done racing....

Whip Cream Hand-Ups & Confused Legs...

lisa-coffee.gifBy Lisa Lendway

I have a problem. I’m absolutely addicted to competition, and I think it’s at its worst. Usually at the end of the triathlon season, I’m ready for a little break, but this year was different. I immediately started thinking about the 2015 season and anxiously waited for the local races to finalize their race weekends. My schedule for the year has been more or less set since November. And, I have to say, the main reason I get so excited to compete is because of all of the great people who are there with me. Yep, that’s all of you. So, thanks for fueling my fire.

So, what to do until the season starts … I did give myself a little break from triathlon. I dabbled in cyclocross racing, which was more than a little fun. If you don’t know what it is, google it. I mean, where else can you get whip cream hand-ups (Photo below) in a race, right? You might even spot World Champion Triathlete Gwen Jorgensen at some races! I also did my first half marathon. I made a deal with my body that I’d do that before doing a half Ironman. It was weird to do just a running race. I think my legs were a little confused about not feeling like jelly for the first mile. But I finished and I LIKED it! I plan to do at least one more running race this winter.

For the first time ever, I’ve also participated in some indoor triathlons. After competing at the YWCA Women’s Tri this summer, I was excited to participate in another event run by Nicole Cueno. So, I signed up for the YWCA indoor tri in December. As expected, it was well-run and loads of fun. The weirdest part was riding on the Keiser bikes, where the miles rack up faster the faster you spin. So, I think I covered “12 miles” in roughly 18...

Love For Y Tris...

amy-liberty.gifPhoto - This awesome pic of Amy was taken at Liberty back in 2010.

By Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

YWCA INDOOR TRI #2 - RACE REPORT - I'm a little partial to indoor triathlons.  After all, that is how I got in to the sport, way back in February of 2005.  I entered a race called Tri U Mah, hosted by the University of Minnesota Rec Center.  The event consists of a 30 minute pool swim, 30 minute stationary bike ride and 30 minute run on a treadmill.  Winners are determined by the distance covered.

I remember the day of the tri was freezing cold.  Warren came with me to cheer me on; my friend, Marcia Lee, volunteered for the swim portion and was my lap counter.

I remember being so nervous about the race.  What would happen if I couldn't actually swim a full 30 minutes?  (Being a newbie swimmer, this was a very real possibility).   What would happen if I had to WALK on the treadmill?  Would people laugh?  Would people be able to tell that I really wasn't a triathlete, but really only a triawannabe?  Would they banish me from the kingdom?  Could I ever again hold my head up high while wearing tri shorts and a snazzy tri top?  ...

Sometimes Acronyms Are Our Friends...


DLCCC Indoor Triathlon - Sometimes acronyms are confusing, especially for those of us who are behind the social media curve. Not all of those OMGy and LOLy acronyms are intuitive, though "WTF" certainly is.

Do you know all of the acronyms pertaining to learning disabilities and developmental and personality disorders? Neither do we.

Nick & Lara Rock The Grove...

nick-klonne.gifLIFE TIME INDOOR TRI - MAPLE GROVE - This indoor event had 44 finishers and was won by 18-year-old Nick Klonne and Lara Rampetsreiter, who has a passle of kids. Nick is one of the young guys that the MMA Selectors have their collective eyes on. Though he didn't receive a Junior of the Year nomination in 2014, he came dang close to doing so. Will 2015 be his year for such recognition?


We visited Nick's Facebook page and learned some cool stuff about him. He has an awesome haircut and a Phillip Phillips beard (photo L). We think he went to a prom last year, but we're not sure. He has eclectic musical taste, which includes Hip Hop, Miley Cyrus and Death Cab for Cutie. Have you heard Death Cab's CD "Something About Airplanes"? It's rather awesome.

Nick also likes war movies and watches Tosh.O on Comedy Central....

Gaby's Got Balls...

GABYS-BALLS.gifBy Gaby Bunten

LIFE TIME WHITE BEAR LAKE INDOOR TRI -   Sunday morning, January 4th, the White Bear Lake Lifetime Athletic hosted an EPIC event. Athletes swam, biked and ran their hearts out for one full hour… “POWER HOUR.” This was my first experience as an event director and needless to say, it was a learning experience to boot! But I was lucky enough to have the GREATEST bunch of athletes around and Caribou coffee, lots of it. Everyone kicked some major tail and the e-mails post-race warmed my heart. The event went off without a hitch. Athletes got from swim, bike and run with ease, all thanks to my volunteers and co-workers. We had a turnout of 30 athletes who participated, 23 women and 16 men. Let’s get some more testosterone in the mix next time guys! Our format consisted of a 10 minute swim, 10 minute transition, 30 minute bike, 5 minute transition and a 20 minute run. Our female overall winner from St.Paul Minnesota, Brigid Varley, 26, was a total rock star. She knocked out 775 yards in 10 minutes, at a pace of 1:17 per 100 yards. Can anyone say little fish?! Her bike was 10.3 miles in 30 minutes at 20.60 mph average. Finally, Brigi’s run was quite stellar at 2.82 miles completed in 20 minutes at a pace of 7:06 per mile. The other female standouts were Rhiannon...

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