Race Coverage

Bunten Breaks Out...

gaby.gifCOLLEGIATE NATIONALS - MTN congratulates Forest Lake's Gaby Bunten (photo L) and Minneapolis' Jessica Findlay on their Top 50 performances at the ultra-competitive Collegiate Nationals in Tempe, Arizona last Saturday. Racing for Iowa State, Bunten threw down a personal best 2:12:26, highlighted by a great swim (20:22). Her previous PR was a 2:19, set in Florida last season.

It should be noted that bike course in Tempe was 36K. Even so, Bunten demonstrated significant improvement and should be a force on the regional racing scene this summer.

UM's Findlay was coming off a 26th place effort the previous day in the Collegiate Draft Legal Sprint Champs. On Saturday she placed 46th in 2:14:16....

Rabino, Gorman & Findlay Rock at College Nationals......

melanie-tattoo.gifCOLLEGIATE NATIONALS - Collegiate Sprint Nationals were staged last Friday in Tempe, Arizona. This highly-competitive Draft Legal race was won by Ian Boggs of Indiana University, whose dad, Bryan, was a former pro and for almost two decades was arguably Indiana's premier amateur triathlete, and Taylor Spivey of Cal Poly. Spivey, a tremendous swimmer, placed 2nd behind Heather Lendway at AG Nationals in Milwaukee last August and has her sights set on a pro career.

University of Minnesota athletes performed admirably on Friday. Leading the way for the Gopher Girls was Melanie Rabino (photo L), who placed 15th, and Jessica Findlay (Minneapolis), who placed 26th. Melanie has a tattoo and is dating a guy named Brad. She lived in France for a while and speaks three languages--English, French and Spanish. Musically, she's into The Lumineers and Mogli. She must be super cool because she read "The Pillars of the Earth," one of the greatest, and longest, historical novels ever.

We don't know much about Finlay, other than to note that she won the Collegiate Division at Life Time Maple Grove last year and knows Devon Palmer personally....

 

Vamos Chica! Andale!

bo-and-suzie.gifNick Morales /TriJuice.com Photo - B & S, Brendon and Suzie.

By Suzie Fox

Ironman Los Cabos Race Report - IMs are such a blur of little moments you recall and slowly piece together, yesterday was a HOT, sweaty, and beautiful blur of memories, here are a few to share...

 
I loved hearing "Vamos Chica, Bueno Chica, and Vamos Vamos Vamos" yelled at me all day.
 
There was a language/product barrier with the sweet woman who was my T1 helper and she smeared a 1/4 of my container...

Rockin' the Baja...

im-logo.gifMTN congratulates Chaska's SUZIE FOX, who kicked off her 2014 tri season with a great performance last Sunday at Ironman Los Cabos on the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Her time was 10:40:35, which placed her 6th overall among amateur women and 2nd in her 30-34 AG. The clocking is only two minutes off her personal best (10:38:38), set at Ironman Wisconsin in 2012. In Madison, Suzie enjoyed late season fitness and didn't have to contend with heat, yucky roads and suspicious food and water, stuff that is just part of the deal when one races in Mexico.

We've asked Suzie, who has been one of Minnesota's most successful and decorated multisporters since 2009, to file a race report. Her words will appear on MTN tomorrow.

Here is her IM Los Cab / IMOO split-comparision below:  ...

Fat & Febrile...

bonnie-birkie.gifBy Bonnie Hillwalker
 

This month I caught a fever. Not spring fever, a viral fever, or even Saturday night fever. A much deeper fever.

1973 was a great year. I was miticulously focused on the next horse my Barbie should ride. Should it be the black stallion? How about the thoroughbred, or even the Belgian? So many awesome choices! Horses were my everything. I left the skateboarding, Frisbee throwing and especially the skiing for somebody else. That makes sense for a little girl growing up in Newport Beach, California where snow was just something I saw in pretty, glass globes at Christmas time. My parents did not ski, my friends could barely even spell skiing, so when I finally did hit the slopes ten years later, let's just say that thankfully the man who's back I used as a crash pad on the intermediate slope, following my first semi-successful run down the beginner's slope, did not end up in the hospital. He ended up in the chalet. Without saying a word, he walked slouched

Y-Tri-ing...

indoor-tri-run-heat-2.giflogo-brainer.gifHey MTN Guys, 

The 2014 Y-Indoor Tri is a 3 race indoor series taking place at the Brainerd Family YMCA. The first race took place back on February 2nd with all the participants swimming for 10 minutes, riding for 30 minutes, and running for 20 minutes in a sprint distance format.

The results for the first race are below:

A BIG shout out to our Indoor Tri finishers this morning! Ten minute swim, 30 minute cycle and 20 minute run...they all went the distance! Congratulations to all of the amazing finishers! Thank you for participating! ....

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