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Where Cool Dudes and Dudettes Hang Out...

couple(Photo - Insanely attractive tri couple, Brian Zeuli and Bria Kirkpatrick.)

OHP Indoor Tri #3 Coverage - Jeff Hunsaker is a tri newby who is a totally nice guy with a great sense of humor and wears designer eyeglasses. Last Saturday evening he quaffed several pints of Stone IPA and ate more than half of an extra large BBQ chicken pizza. On Sunday morning the groggy and cotton-mouthed Hunsaker drove to OptumHealth Performance's training center in Eden Prairie, where he participated in his first indoor triathlon, a feat he finished, though not without a preponderance of backstroking. After the event he drove home and, too ravenous to wait for his oven to heat up, nuked the remainder of yesterday's pizza, which he consumed while listening to "Infinite" by Eminem.

Jeff plans to make his outdoor swim-bike-run debut at the inaugural Blaine Triathlon on May 19....

More Cool Indoor Tri Stuff...

amberEvent Coverage - On April 1, 66 athletes got "chicked" at the Life Time-Woodbury Indoor Triathlon. The event was staged at the Woodbury club, of course, which is across the street from a Tires Plus and not far from Sam's Club and a relatively new Super Target. It's a great place to work out before and after you shop for stuff.

We digress.

The girl who chicked the entire field two Sundays ago was Amber Sauve. Your guess as to how her last name is pronounced is as good as ours. It could be "Saw-Vee." Or maybe "Saw-Vay." Probably neither.

According to her FB page, Amber has many children, is pretty and, as is apparent in the photo (L), sometimes goes topless at the lake. Her run-bike combination at Woodbury was impressive and she earned a three point win over Jim Bena and Katie Penvose, who tied for 2nd. Sauve unashamedly admits that she never misses "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and attends Eagle Brook Church....

Julie's Epic Tale

Cathy's Words...

girls(Photo - Fast Friends: Cathy, Angie Schmidt & Julie Hull.)

By Cathy Yndestad

Leadman 125 Report - This event was one for the memory books. A group of us from MN decided to sign up for the event about a month ago. A fantastic reason to get a group together in a fun city and bank a quality spring training event in the process. Peer pressure at its finest!

Initially I thought the biggest factor for the swim would be the frigid water temps. Early reports from the week put the water near 60 degrees. Since I

Epic in So Many Ways...

bikeRace Coverage - We hope you read yesterday's "Epic Newbie" post. If you did, you'd have a sense for how goshdarn epic the Life Time Leadman Epic 125 really was. Hellaciously tough courses. Even hellacious-er conditions (55 degrees with major chop; unrelenting 25-30 mph winds with 50+ mph gusts; 85 degree heat). This totally hard, yet cool and wonderful, event defied exaggeration.

Epic events give birth to epic stories, the embellishable stuff that legends are made of. Let's tell a few now, shall we?

* Matt Russell, the handsome bald pro who finished 2nd on Saturday, has a smoking hot South African girlfriend. Gillian Foreman is a triathlete and an actress who has a very charming accent and has been in several movies, most notably "Ocean's 13." This means that she got to hang out with George Clooney and Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. As she waited excitedly for her boyfriend to finish, a fellow spectator giddily asked her (we overhead this): "Isn't Brad Pitt like the handsomest guy ever?"...

Epic Newbie...

todd(Photo - The girlfriends: Lillian Petite and Todd Hoekstra.)

Event Coverage - In a moment of un-medicated insanity, St. Paul cyclist / occasional cross-dresser (photo L), Todd Hoekstra, decided to make his multisport debut at the Life Time Leadman Epic 125 in Henderson, Nevada on March 31.

What was he thinking?!

Everything about The Epic is just that: Epic! The distances (1.5 miles -70 miles - 8 miles, A.K.A. 125K) and extreme course difficulty are epic enough. A member of the race staff described the run course to several participants who were standing at the swim start as follows: "Look to the southwest. You see that mountain range? We'll, the finish line is on the other side." He didn't need to describe bike route. The road leading to the race start was an asphalt ribbon than snaked up and down the craggy mountains that form the eastern and norther borders of Lake Mead. That was a section of the bike course. Scary stuff....

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