Race Coverage

Omaha 2016 - My "A" Race...

christel_omaha.pngBy Christel Kippenhan (seecktri.wordpress.com)

1.5 km / 40 km / 10 km
So, this was it, the triathlon highlight of the year, my A-race for 2016.

Leading up to the race

The plan was for Neil King and I to make the 8-hour trip to Omaha together sometime on Wednesday before the race, spending Thursday and Friday to do course reconnaissance, taken advantage of the open swims to get familiar with the water and its temps, and to do some final workouts to somewhat get used to the Omaha weather. Then race on Saturday and support Craig Peterson in his race on Sunday, before heading back to Northern Minnesota.

Aber erstens kommt es anders und zweitens als man denkt.
(But, first it always goes differently, and second never as you expect) ...

Holden & Haag Win Again...

lisa_and_sara.pngPhoto  - Lisa Lendway and Sara Conrad.

ST. CROIX VALLEY OLYMPIC TRIATHLON - DAVID HOLDEN and KORTNEY HAAG continued their winning ways last Saturday at the St. Croix Valley Olympic Triathlon. For Holden, it was his fifth SCV victory. For Haag, it was her fourth.

On paper, it appeared that David and Kort won easily, but it was only true in Haag's case. Holden was aided perhaps by the fact that eventual runner-up, WADE CRUSER, missed a turn which added a mile to two to the bike route. Still, it's impossible to say that David would not have won had Wade not zigged when he  should have zagged. Holden's lead coming out of the water was huge, the kind of margin that's hard to make up....

68 Wins Between Them....

andrea_myers.pngHOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON -  BRETT LOVAAS and SUZIE FOX were the overall winners last Saturday at the 3rd annual Hopkins Royal Triathlon. Between them they have won at least 68 multisport races in their careers, Lovaas picking up W number 30, and Fox, number 38.

Fox, last year's female Triathlete of the Year, has struggled with injuries this year, which has forced her to significantly reduce her racing volume (she raced in 19 multis last year), but it hasn't prevented her from winning. She's been victorious in five of the six multis she's raced in in 2016.

Lovaas overtook early leader Philip English in the early miles of the bike leg, giving him a sufficient gap to hold off 2014 HPT champ Erick Hendrickson. English held on for 3rd.

Fox's closest challenger was Andrea Myers (photo L), who with Suzie, left the rest of the women's field behind on the bike. In the end, Andrea was only 1:33 behind Fox. More significantly, though, she was 4:19 in front of bronze medalist Sara Woeste...

"It's Pretty Awesome!"

GWEN_GOLD.pngED. Ideal conditions greet satisfying attendances at HOPKINS ROYAL and ST. CROIX VALLEY this morning. Words and pics coming on Monday.

St. Croix RESULTS - Hopkins - RESULTS


By Gwen Jorgensen (gwenjorgensen.com)

Four years ago, I set a goal: to win the Rio Olympics. In 2012, Patrick and I asked Jamie if he thought winning gold was possible. He said, “You need to improve your swim, improve your bike, and probably run high 32 minutes.” Jamie was right about two out of the three (my 10km in the race was a 34 something). Jamie’s confidence in my ability to be an Olympic Champion didn’t come until London at the WTS in 2015. I was sick the week of the race. I was struggling to just get out of bed in the morning. I did efforts the day before the race and could barely breathe. My legs were heavy, my nose was stuffed, and the last thing I wanted to do was race. I was underprepared for the race and I wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but I came away with the win. It was the first time I proved I could perform under pressure....

Collegians & Cincogenarians...

sprint_podium.pngPhoto - Men's Sprint Podium (L-R): Thomas Anderson III, Michael Weissenborn, Craig Moscetti.

LIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE TRIATHLON - Collegiate athletes dominated the men's Top 10 at the 7th annual Maple Grove Olympic at rainy Weaver Lake Park last Saturday. Starting with the University of Iowa's Joey Hassett (1:58:39--19U CR), College guys swept the podium--Marquette U's Elliot Slade (1:59:18) and Wisconsin's Brad Woodford (2:01:19)--as well as 5th, 7th and 9th places.

Blaine's Chris Tatton was the first Premier Division finisher, placing 4th and covering the 1.5K-37K-10K route in 2:01:26.Tatton has placed in the Top 5 in four of the five races he's done in 2016.

Following up her 3rd place performance at Timberman 70.3 in picturesque Gilford, New Hampshire (PR - 4:43!) the previous weekend, Erin Hyndman-Farrens won the women's Olympic contest by almost a two minute margin over Sheena Dauer. Hyndman-Farrens has two...

Serious POY Consideration...

sean_tongue.pngSUPERIOR MAN TRIATHLON - There's no question that SEAN COOLEY's record-setting victory at Superior Man last Sunday will receive serious "Performance of the Year" consideration. It was not only his time--4:04:21--(and 2:07 bike split!) that was impressive. It was the way he (photo L)  and three-time Minnesota Triathlete of the Year MATTHEW PAYNE battled over most of the event's 70.3 miles.

Though Payne struggled during the run with an "abdominal thing," that thing ruined his Nationals and that he totally needs to see a doctor about, he was quick to assert after the race that, in effect, no one was going to beat Cooley today.

While Matt and Sean were doing their "Dave versus Mark at Kona impression," former Canadian National champ PATRICK PEACOCK, now 42, was hammering his way to a podium spot and a new SM masters record.  His excellent 4:14:21 took the old mark down by almost 16 minutes....

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