Race Coverage

Lake Marion Capsule & Assorted Results Links...

lynette-bacon.gif4th Annual LAKE MARION OLYMPIC TRIATHLON - Ideal climatological conditions--mild, cloudy, reasonable humidity--and a strong men's field yielded a new course record this morning at Antlers Park in Lakeville. In fact, the Top 3 guys, starting with reigning Chaska champ RYAN BAILEY (2:03:03) and followed in order by 2012 LMT winner KYLE SERREYN (2:04:32) and Nordic ski stud / occasional triathlete MATT LIEBSCH (2:05:11), bettered DENNIS DANE's year-old CR (2:05:22).

The fourth place guy, 2011 LMT winner JOSH BLANKENHEIM only missed the old mark by eight seconds.

The women's Olympic race was won by 46-year-old LYNETTE BACON (2:31:38) of Mankato. A five-time North Mankato Tri winner, according to our records, Dr. Bacon's last tri effort was in 2011, an 11:00:25 at Ironman Louisville.

Bacon (photo L) enjoys standing in shallow water with her husband.

The remainder of the women's Olympic podium was claimed by reigning Elysian champ, KATIE BURR (2:32:41), who's getting married in a few weeks, and LESLIE SEDLAK (2:36:19), whose orange tri-suit totally rocked. RESULTS ....

"A Target on My Back".....

hl-milwaukee.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

USAT NATIONALS RACE REPORT - Going into nationals I had a target on my back. Winning the USAT AG National Championship last year was a pretty big surprise to everyone, but this year people would have high expectations. Could I repeat my overall win?

The week leading up to the race I actually wasn’t too nervous because I had raced the course before, I knew my competition, and my body had done this many times at this point. The nerves finally kicked in on Friday, maybe in overload, as I was feeling somewhat sick trying to eat dinner. I got to bed early and surprisingly easily thanks to my earplugs. After the nighttime noises at Pigman and Trinona I learned not to travel without them.

Race morning was pretty calm. I woke up at 5 with no hurry to get to the race site since my wave wasn’t until 9:50. I ate breakfast on the drive to downtown, got setup in transition fairly quickly and found a nice place ...

CY Notches Win #70....And Other Stuff...

kelly-trom.gifHITS - WACONIA HALF IM - CATHY YNDESTAD was the outright winner of this morning's HITS Half. Off the bike in 3rd, she ran down eventual men's winner EVAN REED and the first relay team. Her final time was an impressive 4:35 and the win was the 70th (!) of her multisport career. This was CY's fourth half IM victory. She also won Soma 2013, Pigman 2011 and Newfoundland 70.3 in 2007.

Arguably, the most impressive performance of the day belonged to women's runner-up KELLY TROM, 27, of Minneapolis. Kelly (photo) is a rookie triathlete who was making her long distance debut. Her virginity-losing time was an amazing 4:47. Results will be available later today.

11th Annual YOUNG LIFE OLYMPIC & SPRINT - SEAN COOLEY won the Olympic-distance race for the 4th straight year. His time was 1:58:32, a PR on this Detroit Lakes course. His co-champion was fellow North Dakotan MARNIE WALTH, who has...

Breaking Cardinal Rules...

blue-glasses.gifED. Results links for the Young Life Tris and HITS Half IM will be posted later today.


By Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

I did my best to answer all your Canada questions on twitter. I learned so much from those simple, primitive people and their untamed country.

Whistler is gorgeous. The lake for the race was really nice. The bike course is pretty neat, some serious climbing but no super scary descending and the hills were not super steep.

With the bone bruise on my heel in early June I lost about 3 weeks of running and then it took a couple more weeks of half to one mile runs before it felt normal. My longest runs were three miles. I knew I would not be running the marathon. The only circumstance under which I would finish (by run/jog/shuffle/walking through the marathon) was if enough other guys dropped out so that I was in 8th, the final paying position. This is an odd mindset to have. Mostly I just wanted to practice...

Allen's First Win...

emily-allen.gifStory and Photo By Rand Middleton (wctrib.com)

SPICER — Here are the numbers for the Green Lake Triathlon Sunday at Saulsbury Beach:

66: degree Fahrenheit at 8 a.m. start.
165: number of individual finishers for the Sprint Course (1/4-mile swim, 13-1/2-mile bike, 3-mile run).
47: number of individual finishers for the Olympic Course (3/4-mile swim, 22-mile bike, 6-mile run).

19: total number of relay teams (16 in Sprint).

3: Number of first time triathlon winners.

“This is crazy,” said women’s Sprint-course champion Emily Allen (photo L), 29, of Bloomington. “I’ve been first in my age group before, but this is the first time that I’ve won a triathlon overall. Did you think an internal auditor could have so much fun.” ...

Green Lake & Wingman Results...

tracy-sik.gifGREEN LAKE TRIATHLON XI - Three of the four overall champs recorded their first career wins this morning in Spicer. How cool is that! The Olympic-ish race was won by Rookie of the Year frontrunner Nick Nygaard, whose first W comes after two runner-up efforts (Timberman and Brewhouse Sprints), and Sheena Duaer, who lost her "Victory Virginity" with a 6:08 margin of victory over successful veteran Jen Neuman.

The other rookie winner was Emily Allen, a bubbly 29-year-old from Bloomington who looked great in her orange-rimmed sunglasses. She finished 2:45 in ahead of Willmar's Tracy Sik (pronounced "Sheek" - photo L from Bost Marathon) for the victory.

The men's sprint winner was David Phillips, whose resume now boasts four career Ws.

Rand Middleton's great coverage will post tomorrow. RESULTS

WINGMAN VI - Possible Master of the Year nominee Chap Achen collected his second Wingman victory this morning. He also won this race in 2011. The women's winner was Janneke Sobeck, who finished 2nd here in 2013. There were 97 finishers. RESULTS

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