Race Coverage

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dktELIOT KAMENITZ / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

"Competition Junkie"....

heidi(Photo - HKM in her new Avengery wetsuit.)

Race Coverage - Heidi Keller-Miler returned to the tri lifestyle in 2005 after a 15-year absence, a period during which she delivered and raised a Madison and a Casey and an Austin and co-habitated with hubby Tom and did lots of regular life stuff. On Sunday she won the 23rd annual Lake Waconia Triathlon, the 11th tri-victory of her resurrected career.

It was a BIG win. HUMONGOUS may be a better word. Heidi likened the experience to her triumph at Turtleman in 2006 against one of the deepest women's fields ever assembled for a Minnesota multi.

The Gigantor win made Heidi very, very happy. She wanted to drink many, many of Nordica Stocker's craft beers at Ross Weinzierl's party after the race, but limited herself to just three or four 'cuz she had to drive to St. Cloud to do some family-related stuff....

Kevin Found $5; Patrick Found a Win....

lwt(Cool Nick Morales Photo - A great-to-be-alive day in Waconia, Minnesota. Nick also photogged the Matt Payne pic used on page two. Thanks again, Nick.)

Lake Waconia Coverage - At precisely 8:30 am SST (Snitko Standard Time) last Sunday the elite wave dolphined into the atypically sedate waters of Lake Waconia, the picturesque body of water for which the iconic sprint triathlon, now 23-years-of-age, is named. Moments earlier, race founder / former director Tom K sang the National anthem and Kevin O'Connor, who didn't run at Iowa State University, found a five dollar bill in the shallows.

The day was blessed, it seemed. The vibe that morning was all about good things and being happy.

The race that followed was bursting with highlights; not just on the elite side; on every side....

First of Three Great Races....

photoStory & Photo By Mike Knaak (stcloudtimes.com)

Graniteman-St. Cloud Coverage - At first, there was uncertainty and skepticism surrounding the St. Cloud Graniteman Triathlon.

The race

Arrghs & Aye Mateys....

guysRace Coverage- Ann Clowser raced in last Saturday's buccaneer-themed Croixathlon looking all piratey in her an eye patch and Captain Hook hook hand, begging the question as to which of these disfigurements she endured first. Our guess is that she lost her hand first and then later absently tried to remove a contact lens with her new hook.

Just a theory.

Ann was a divisional winner last Saturday, as was her husband, whose empty right eye socket was concealed beneath a handsome patch. Kirk claims to be 55, but could pass for 35. It's disgusting.

Nobody gives pre-race meeting like Amy and Gretchen. They're respective monologues were laced with skallywaggy jargon and hyperbolic messages, like "any spectators who are in the transition area during the race will be stabbed." Gretchen was wielding a totally cool, albeit non-lethal, sword when she delivered this message in her signature deadpan. Like Amy, Gretch is a HOOT!....

Weekend Headlines & Linkages...

croixCROIXATHLON VII - The vibe was all skallywaggy and buccaneery on Saturday at the Croixathlon. The race direction team (photo L) were dressed up like Long John Silver's scurvy aunt and many of the participants wore eye patches or bandanas or hooks or other fun piratey stuff. It was sooooo cool. Be there next year, okay? FYI, David Holden and Cheryl Barker won and Wally broke his bike and had to go home and get another one. A

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