Race Coverage

"I am an Ironman"....

collage.gifED. Great weather and great racing at Lake Elmo Park Reserve this morning. Words and photos on Monday. RESULTS

By Nicole Heininger

Ironman Wisconsin Race Report - Not sure where to even start...I'm an Ironman. I worked hard this past year to accomplish something I knew would bring me a new challenge in life. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." I made sacrifices to work towards this goal and I thank all my friends who have understood and stuck with me. I thank my family for being supportive and believing in me when sometimes I questioned myself and my abilities.

I also am beyond appreciative to all of my triathlete friends, far more experienced than myself for the continuous advice and guidance (there are too many to name but you know who you all are)!  The volunteers and crowd support was truly amazing and like none I've ever experienced before. I could honestly write a novel about this experience but the end has yet to come.

I am so so grateful I completed my first IM and I couldn't have felt better throughout. In no way am I disappointed in my own performance as I ran across that finish line, crushing my goal time. (Yes those pics are lipstick on my mirror). I included them to show what my goal finish time and splits were when I started training. Swim 1:10:00, T1 5:00, bike 5:45:00, T2 5:00, run 4:30=11:35:00....actual=11:10:16. Most would think this is great, I do too, but I'm also ready for my next challenge...break 11:00:00....

"...Letting My Body Do What It knows How To Do"...

row-h.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

EDMONTON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RACE REPORT - After USAT Nationals last year I paid the required $50 to reserve my spot for racing at the World Championships in Edmonton, 2014. My training this season was focused around my Olympic distance races leading up to Worlds with each race being a dress rehearsal, giving me the opportunity to fine-tune my race execution and make tweaks to the training and rest regimen.

At the beginning of the season I was nervous for my big races but as the season moved on I learned to manage those pre-race nerves. As Edmonton approached I knew I had done all the work I could and I just had to let my body do what it knows how to do.

Patrick and I flew into Edmonton on Friday. With the Olympic Distance race being Monday, I figured it would be plenty of time to get settled in. Unfortunately our...

Getting Chapped & IMOO Notes...

kristinas-dog.gif14th SQUARE LAKE HALF - Red Wing's CHAP ACHEN and Onalaska, Wisconsin's MAGGIE FOURNIER went off the front on Sunday at Square Lake XIV. Chap did his off-the-front going during the bike segment; Maggie waited until the run to do so. The result was a 12:03 margin of victory for Achen, and a 9:21 win for Fournier.

Chap's time was 4:15:43 and his win was his third in five starts this season. Yes, he is receiving serious Master of the Year consideration.

The men's runner-up was 2013 Rookie of the Year nominee LARRY HOSCH, who was making his long course debut. We suspect that he was pleased with his 4:27:48, a great rookie effort.

The final men's podium spot went to ANDREW GISLASON (4:36:49), whose performance avenged his mechanical DNF at Superior Man.

The other two women's podium spots went to LISA CAMPBELL (5:01:49) of Suamico, Wisconsin, and Maple Grove's KRISTINA HEDBERG (5:13:03). Kristina...

Ongoing Sunday Race Coverage...Sames Rocks!

chaska-triumvirate.gif2012 Photo - IMOO's Chaska Triumvirate: Ann Snuggerud, Heidi Keller-Miler and Suzie Fox.


8:40 AM - Just learned that Chaska's HEIDI KELLER MILER, 50,  was 3rd (!) woman out of the water at IMOO. Her split was 55:27.

8:54 AM - FYI - Check out the results of yesterday's BURRITO UNION 5 & 10 HOUR TRIATHLONS: LINK

9:05 AM - Three-time Minnesota Master of the Year nominee DAVID HOLDEN, 45, had awesome swim split: 50:52. SAM JANICKI, remember him(?), swam a 56:53.

- Going out for a run. Will post more stuff shortly after 10 AM.

12:25 PM - Humongoid apologies! There was a cable outage in our neighborhood that just got fixed. More racing news is posted on Page 2.......

"The Human Body Makes No Damn Sense"...

grumpy-old-man09.gifBy Matthew Payne (mattew-payne.blogspot.com)

(Friday, August 29) - Well damn... it's Labor Day weekend and the tri season is all but over. My July and August races were a mixed bag, although some of that is due to higher expectations from doing so unexpectedly well in the early part of the season. One of these days I'll get this periodization crap figured out and avoid peaking in early June. But until then, expect more of the following...

Lake Waconia Tri

I don't remember much about this race other than how I felt before and after it. The whole week leading up to the race I had a sore throat and just generally felt like shit. Race morning was no different and I woke up feeling like total garbage, but being a dumbass I decided to go ahead and race anyway.

I ended up racing surprisingly well given the circumstances and took the win. But the real win was that racing somehow miraculously cured my illness. I literally felt better after the race than any time in the 5 days before. And I don't mean after as in a few hours after finishing when I'm cleaned up and fed. I'm talking about standing...

Lendway is World Champion!...Updated...

heather-and-dani.gifITU EDMONTON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - How competitive was the women's field at LIfe Time Tri - Minneapolis in July? Would you believe that the Top 3 women there were also the Top 3 women at Edmonton Worlds this morning?

It's true. St. Paul's HEATHER LENDWAY, Californian ROBYN POMEROY and Wausau, Wisconsin by way of Rochester, Minnesota's DANI FISCHER not only repeated their Minneapolis Tri positions, they formed a USA podium, something that hasn't been done in a long, long, time. All three women appear destined for national post-season honors.

Also, the last time an American woman had won both the National and World Championships was in 2005, when Virginian MARGIE SHAPIRO made it happen. Shapiro was undefeated back then, and Lendway is undefeated, in non-drafting races, that is, this year. Additionally, Heather's 2014 win total is now 10. The last Minnesota woman to accomplish double-digit wins was BECKY YOUNGBERG, back in 2011.

Lendway became a triathlete in 2012 and now has 20 victories (in 26 starts), including TWO National Championship titles and a Worlds crown.....

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