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Medals & Fast Times...

tony-worlds.gifPhoto - Tony Schiller at Nationals. TS followed up his two-Gold medal weekend there with a Silver/Gold weekend at Worlds.

CHICAGO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Olympic Distance) - Minnesota triathletes made their home-state peers proud in Chi-Town, that city with big shoulders and the hog-butcher to the world, last weekend at Worlds. One--TONY SCHILLER--was crowned World Champ for the 8th time, and three others - GABY BUNTEN, MATTHEW PAYNE and CHERYL ZITUR--podiumed in their AGs.

Also, CHRISTINA ROBERTS turned in the fastest Olympic time--2:11:03--by an amateur Minnesota woman this year. (The result is unofficial as it appears that the course had a short bike route--37K-- and a longer than 10K--6.7ish--run.)

Good stuff, huh?

Here's a list of those Minnesotans who cracked the Top 25 in their respective age groups:

ELIOT SLADE - 5th 18-19M - 2:03:41

GABY BUNTEN - 2nd 20-24W – 2:11:59

CHRISTINA ROBERTS – 9th 25-29W – 2:11:03  - Photo below

KRIS SPOTH – 9th 25-29M – 1:58:49

JESSICA ROSSING – 25th – 30-34W – 2:19:02....

"I hugged That Guy For an Inappropriately Long Time"....

sara-kona-bound.gifBy Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.tumblr.com)


Ironman Wisconsin Race Report - Mentally, the Thursday before the race, you could say I was a mental mess. I had a headache, nerves, and such deep doubts and fears of under-performing. I kept thinking of all of the people that knew my goals and have read my blog and I quite frankly feared failure. Not a good place to be before my “A” race of the year!

After sleeping poorly Thursday night, I woke up on Friday morning and started my day off right with some quite time and journaling. I am about 3 months behind in my chronological Bible read-through, but I opened up to the next day on my list. 1 Kings 19 was the chapter; and I found the parallels to my race to be quite interesting…Elijah sleeping under a broom bush (run course takes you on Broom Street), and then being...

Worlds Medalists & Local Heroics...

kevins-money.gifITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - CHICAGO - GWEN JORGENSON capped her undefeated 2015 season with her biggest win of the year at the ITU Grand Final. Visit USATriathlon.org or Triathlon.org for pics and race coverage. Also, several Minnesotans rocked socks at Worlds, four of whom took home podium medals. More words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS

FALL CALSSIC DUATHLON & ONE LAST TRI - KEVIN O'CONNOR has won the last four races he's entered, the most recent of which were back-to-backers at Fall Classic and One Last  Tri - Sprint, at which he pocketed $100 in cash (photo L) and took BOB POWERS to breakfast, probably at Key's on 4th Street.

With her win at Fall Classic, MANUELA KNISPEL, who has a cool German accent, has put herself on the Master of the Year radar. FYI, she was the masters champ at Du Nationals (6th overall!)...

Smoke & Satisfaction...

heather-run-fast.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Morning race prep:

CHALLENGE PENTICTON RACE REPORT - My chain came off when I was putting my shoes on my bike and I found out my derailleur was rubbing my disk when in the small gear. The mechanics were able to adjust it big PHEW!!


* In the pro meeting we convinced the race directors to have the pros start 10 minutes before the mass start instead of with it.  It was nice not to get clobbered by age groupers as well.

* It was still a rough start, someone hit my ankle knocking my chip out from under my wetsuit. I felt it slipping, it then came off completely but I was able to grab it before it sank.  I stuffed it into my wetsuit and down into my tri suit.  This was the first time I’ve had a chip come off my ankle!  ...

Madison Magic....

MA-run-hard.gifBy Mike Aulie (Brainerddispatch.com - 9/14/15)


MADISON, Wis - Michelle Andres, 38-year-old mother of five from East Gull Lake, won the women's division of the Ironman Wisconsin Sunday completing the grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in 10:08.05.

Andres, who was competing in her fourth Ironman Wisconsin, finished nearly eight minutes ahead of the next woman, Kelly O'Mara of San Rafael, CA, and about three minutes off the course record she set for her age group in 2012 when she finished sixth behind five professional athletes. Andres finished 39th overall.

Professional athletes did not officially compete in this year's event. Arizona's Tomas Gerlach won the men's division finishing in 8:59.59. Nearly 3,000 athletes competed including the largest contingent ever from the Brainerd Lakes area - 12 racers - all of whom finished the event....

Rockin' With Uncle Randy...

uncle-randy.gifSQUARE LAKE LONG COURSE – The 15th edition of this scenic and challenging half IMish was won for the 3rd time by Dan Arlandson, who had the fastest swim of the morning and raced alone the rest of the way. His final time was 4:15:17, and his margin of victory over Wisconsin master Mike Johnson was 14:40. Wade Cruser (4:37:25) rounded out the Top 3.

The women’s winner was Erin Hyndman-Farrens, who totally rocked. Also victorious here in 2013, Erin’s 4:46:34 last Sunday landed her in 5th place overall. Her time was was the 2nd fastest women’s clocking here in the last decade. Only Diane Hankee (4:44:53 in 2012) has gone faster during that stretch.

Wisconsin’s Lisa Campbell placed 2nd (4:53:04), and Nadine Wetzel-Curtis (5:30:09) took third.

This year’s event had 93 finishers. RESULTS

ONE LAST TRI PREVIEW – The 10th edition of the last tri on the Minnesota calendar will happen next Sunday at picturesque Ramsey County Beach on White Bear Lake. Featuring sprint and Olympic-distance races, this cool and fun event deserves your support. The good news is that online registration doesn’t close until Saturday (9/19) and race day registration is also available. RACE WEBSITE   ...

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