"At Least it Didn't Snow"....
Saturday, 14 May 2016 06:10
OAKDALE DUATHLON XIV - "Holy buckets!" Mike Buenting exclaimed, then added with equal exuberance, "I can't feel my fingers!" He had just finished 2nd at yesterday's Oakdale Du and his frozen, gnarled hands were useless. Like many of the 136 folks who braved the frosty conditions (temps in 30s with wind chill knocking it back into the 20s), Mike had lost valuable time in transition trying to snap (T1) then unsnap (T2) his helmet....
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:10
By Wade Cruser
Cinco Du Mayo Race Report - I will start this race report with an apology. Why you ask? Well, because this is my first official race report and I've done everything in my power to avoid long form writing since college. I am very proud of that streak and while I would prefer to keep it running, I have been asked to write about the Cinco Du Mayo Duathlon. Streak dead. If this was for anyone else I would politely decline, but it's for MTN and they have been nothing but nice to me. MTN also does an excellent job of promoting triathlon in Minnesota and is a great resource for triathletes. I appreciate all of their kind words and if I have to break my streak to return the favor, then I will. Now, back to that apology. I just want to apologize in advance for what might turn out to be a boring read and may result in spontaneous naps. I do, however, want to be clear though, I am not opposed to naps. Well now that’s done, let's do this.
My first idea for this write up is to talk a bit about the day before. So, if you're still reading this, then you'll now learn that I am typing this Friday nightwhile sitting in an ice bath. Now, for a few things mixing around in my head. ...
",,,Take a Deep Breath and Pinch"...
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:10
By Dani Vsetecka (4iowasisters.blogspot.com)
Falls Du Race Report - Hey there! Just popping in to do a quick recap of a quick and fun race last weekend! There are always good stories that come out of races and this one definitely had a few highlights!
The Falls Duathlon in Cannon Falls had been on my radar for the last couple of months, but I held off registering early due to the inevitably variable and sometimes dicey weather this time of year. I had heard reports of rain, wind, and even sleet at this race and for a warm weather-loving girl -- this sounded miserable! Running in the wet and cold? Tolerable. But biking? No thanks! However, the weatherman predicted the rain would hold off the morning of the race and in a stroke of luck, I found out a few days before that several friends were planning on going, including RBM! Fantastic! With no pressure to win (with RBM there is no competition!), I thought it’d be a lot of fun to see some friends and see what my legs could do in a short race! And in even better luck -- my mom, sister, and two nephews could make it to come spectate! ...
Lucky Number Belts & Big Dogs Barking...
Monday, 09 May 2016 00:10
CINCO DU MAYO - Lots of cool stuff happened on Mother's Day eve at the Cinco races.
First let's mention the double dippers. Lisa Lendway (photo L with daughters Hadley and the other one) and Shelley Ostrander became the first women to have won both the long and the short course duathlons. Lisa won the long course du this year and the sprint du, in record time, no less, last year. Ostrander, who won this year's sprint, won the longer race in 2014.
For Lisa, it was her 9th career multisport win. For Shelley, it was her 4th.
Ostrander's Winner's Circle companion on Saturday was two-time Junior of the Year nominee Mitchell Clayton, whose mom hates it when people call him Mitch. Mitchell is cool with either. Clayton, 19, has raced twice already this season and had won both times. Last week he was victorious at the Morris Tinman. FYI, he placed 3rd here in 2015. ...
Saturday, 07 May 2016 07:10
Photo - St. Cloud area's tri sisters (L-R): Amy Woolsey, Judy Peters and Pam Stevens.
Chain of Lakes Triathlon - Sauk Rapids' fifty-genarian Amy Woolsey has always raced well at COLT. Yesterday, at the 14th edition of that Alex-based tri, she turned in her fastest time--1:11:01--and her best placing--1st overall woman--ever. The statuesque math teacher outdistanced her nearest challenger, Pauline McJilton, 48, who like Woolsey, has done her best racing during the last 3-4 season, by 2:38. Rounding out the women's podium was 54-year-old Mary Deeg, who like Woolsey, is statuesque, and like Woolsey and McJilton, is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
For Amy, it was her first tri win and 2nd multi victory of her career, which began at the inaugural edition of COLT in 2002.
Also rocking socks in the women's competition was 63-year-old Sheri Schrock, who placed 4th overall. It was her 2nd divisional win in as many starts this year. Last week at Falls Du, she lowered her own 60-64W CR by more than three minutes. Shrock was runner-up for Minnesota Grand Master of the Year in 2015....
May 7 Results...Updated...
Saturday, 07 May 2016 06:10
Hey Everyone - Great racing happened in Alexandria--CHAIN OF LAKES TRI--and Square Lake--CINCO DU MAYO--this morning. Colt coverage with photos and results will post tomorrow. Cinco verbage and images will post on Monday.
ED. - We just learned that Diane Hankee was the 6th amateur / 2nd 35-39 woman at today's St. George 70.3.
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