Race Coverage

A Well-Kept Secret...

noelle(Photo - Lakes to Pines 2011 women's champ Noelle Androwchowicz.)

By Brian Maas

Race Coverage - It was more spectacular weather for the best kept secret in Midwest triathlons, the Lakes to Pines Triathlon in Park Rapids, MN. In 2010 we were blessed with sunny skies, race temperatures in the 60s, and light winds. Maybe it was the weather in 2010 that led to a record sixty-three people entering. Maybe it was the weather that allowed seven males to go under the previous course record. Five females went under the previous female course record.

In 2010, the male class was won by Mike Fretland of Bismarck, ND. The female class was won by Kailee Fretland, wife of Mike. But they could not make the trip this year. Kailee is preggers with their first child and Mike had nesting duty this weekend. Nesting as in tiling, painting and many other items on Kailee's wish list....

What I Do For Fun...

towels(All Photos Courtesy of Steve Stenzel. Check out his Oakdale coverage and other great pics on his cool WEBSITE.)

By Matthew Payne

Race Coverage - Set an alarm for an unreasonably early time on a Saturday morning. Wake up and look out the window, realize it

Payne & Patzer Triumph at Oakdale...

lydiaPartial results from Saturday's Oakdale Duathlon:


1. Matthew Payne, 34-

Weekend Racing Stuff...

mattbrianWeekend Race Coverage - Oakdale Duathlon and Lakes to Pines Triathlon coverage, courtesy of Matt Payne and Brian Maas (photos), plus MTN commentary will post on Monday. Results links should be posted on Sunday evening.

STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS - MTN loves its advertisers and encourages our readership to use their products or services or attend their races. Coming up on May 21 is the 2nd annual Green Lake Duathlon in scenic Spicer. This great event features great courses, an amazing transition area and a post-race "Ribfest," that is nothing short of transplendent. Do this, okay!...

I Almost Shot the Minnow...

swim(Photo - Ang flashing the Luv Ya sign at the pool. This photo was taken weeks ago.)

By Hopper

I never swam as a kid at Discovery Middle School, the start of the Chain of Lakes triathlon. I started swimming in 3rd grade, continued until I graduated. Summer swimming was a life changing experience. All us kids would pile into a yellow school bus and drive to our swim meets together. We were literally a family, the

Directionally Challenged...

ridersBy Micah Turman

Race Coverage - On Sept. 12th, 2010, I crossed the line at IMWI with lackluster results, for the amount of training time and commitment that I (and my coach, Chuckie V) thought I had put into my first ironman. I won't go into details, but the story is familiar: good swim, awesome bike, poor run. It wasn't even a run; it was a 26.2 mile shuffle/walk. After that day, I seriously considered not racing triathlons again. I wasn't upset about my race result, but somewhere during that summer of training 20 hours a week, working 50 hours a week, and trying to fulfill all other obligations, the line between fun and work became blurred, and I could no longer tell the difference....

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