Gone to the Next Level...
Monday, 12 May 2014 00:10
OAKDALE DUATHLON - This race drew its largest and deepest field ever. How deep, you ask? Well, for the first time in its 13-year history its field quality rivaled those of Gear West and Apple. The result was very fast times, featuring several broken records. Hospitable weather also contributed to this.
The previous men's race record was Scotty Penticoff's 1:03:35, set in 2012. On Saturday, four men crushed Scotty's mark. Overtaking Matthew Payne in the final run to win was pro David Thompson, who crossed the finish line in 1:00:30. Payne's brilliant 1:00:54 established an amatuer CR. Third went to Nathan Hoffman, who led after the opening three mile run (14:55!) and was only overtaken by DKT and M-Payne the rest of the way. The former collegiate cross country runner who is a super nice guy clocked a 1:01:21....
Sunday, 11 May 2014 00:10
By Angie Hop
KINDA LIKE A RACE REPORT, BUT NOT REALLY - I was thinking about Chain of Lakes the other day, after it was over, and had gotten reporting from Stromberg and a few clowns from Fergus Falls that decided to partake in essentially the tri race opener for Minnesota over the past eleven years. The race originated in 2003 by Mark Storhaug as a fundraiser for the Alexandria Swim Club, the team I started swimming with in 1979, yes, that is a SEVEN next to the 9, but I was only 8 years old. My mom’s best friend had a daughter my age and she was a handful, so in order to get her out of her hair and perhaps tire her out a bit she thought she’d sign her up for swimming. But, she would only agree if I would swim as well. My mom agreed, wrong the check for $50.00 to the AAU swim club and a swam. It was like no swimming I was used to. I went from barely being able to swim 25 yards to being able to finish a 2000 yard workout by August. Coach Storhaug hit the scene in 1983, took me from a average freestyler to a above average breaststroker. He taught us how to work hard and to have each other’s backs. I know no other people ...
"My Best Duathlon Race Ever...."
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:10
By Devon Palmer
I won a duathlon on Saturday. It was fun. It was a nice course out of Square Lake park in Stillwater. The top 4 men from the prior weekend at Falls Duathlon were all back. This race was an out and back 5k, a two lap 20 mile bike, and the same run again. Given the length of the bike I figured it would be down to Joe Johnson and I. My Gear West Bike teammate Brian Sames (pronounced the same as the word same, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) would get a good lead right away and Joe and I would need to ride him down before the half way point in order to get a big enough gap before the second run. Curt Wood, a very strong cyclist but not super fast runner, pointed out an obvious equation I still use for duathlons – if both runs are equal length and you’re trying to beat runners on the bike you need to take the lead before half way on the bike. Otherwise it will probably be too late to build a sufficient gap.....
Ben & Lauren Take the Hill...
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:10
TAKE THE HILL TRIATHLON - Ben Trnka is a fine young man who parts his hair on the right. He got married to a lovely girl who looks kinda like awesome actress Amy Adams (photo L) last summer and he is still very happy.
Ben also won last Saturday's Take the Hill Triathlon in St. Peter, and assuming that the distances haven't been altered, he did so in record time. His groovy time was 1:00:13, which lowered Mike Torchia's five-year-old CR by 37 seconds. Additionally, he was 3:01 faster than runner-up Nick Weiler, who also made the podium here in 2013. Nick was so inspired by the Winter Olympics that he did the City of Lakes Loppet which gave him major beard-cicles (photo below).
Third place for the guys went to Nate Sanders (1:03:23), who is a doctor and, like Ben and Nick, a totally good guy. Nate went to Florida a few months ago, probably to scope out some future retirement locales....
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:10
CHAIN OF LAKES TRIATHLON - Three of Marcus Stromberg's eight career multisport victories have been turned in at the Chain of Lakes Triathlon, the most recent of which happened last Saturday. Interestingly, Marcus's closest competition at COLT '14 was a woman, but that woman happened to be the fastest amateur female triathlete in the US: defending National Champion Heather Lendway.
Lendway was so freakin' fast last Saturday! How fast? Well, Marcus only beat her by 1:22. And her 57:13--the 11th victory of her young career--lowered Michelle Andres' 2011 course record by 4:26.
Heather narrowly missed winning the USAT AOY award in 2013. We are confident that if she keeps herself injury-free this season, she will vy for that prestigious award again. If she wins it, she'll become the second Minnesota woman to do so. Cathy Yndestad was the Athlete of the Year back in 2009....
Celebrity Lookalikes Win Cinco Dus...
Sunday, 04 May 2014 06:10
CINCO DU MAYO - Did you see "The Fugitive"? The movie with Harrison Ford, not the bygone TV show starring Whatshisname.
Next, have you seen Devon Palmer lately? He's furrier than usual.
If you've seen The Fugitive and Devon you'll have to agree that, if you squint, he (Devon) looks a lot like a much younger version of Harrison Ford's Richard Kimble character.
What does any of this have to do with last Saturday's Cinco Du Mayo Duathlon? Here's what: A guy who looked like Richard Kimble won the race.
According to our research, Palmer's win at Cinco was the 14th of his multisport career. His time was brisk (1:23:53), second only to Sam....
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