In a League of Her Own...
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:10
MPLS TRIATHLON - AMATEUR WOMEN - St. Paul's Heather Lendway (awesome YndeCam photo L) came into the Elite Amateur race at the 13th annual Life Time Tri - Minneapolis Triathlon as the favorite. No surprise there. She goes into every race as the women's fave.
Heather's supporting cast at last Saturday's mega-race was formidable, arguably the deepest women's amateur assemblage that we'll see before Nationals in August.
On paper, Wisconsin's Dani Fischer, who ran roughshod ...
Heather is Special...Updated...
Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:00
(YndeCam Photo - Heather Lendway en route to a course record time that would have placed her 3rd in the women's professional race.)
Saturday Tri Results. Lots of words and photos on Tuesday.
30th TIMBERMAN TRIATHLON - Perfect weather, rewritten records and repeat champions. - Results
13th MPLS TRIATHLON - The strongest Elite Amateur women's field of the year thus far. - Results
10th GRANITEMAN (Clearwater) - Casey and Nicole win for the second week in a row. - Results
30th ELYSIAN TRIATHLON - 98 finishers. Won by a guy who likes to play cribbage (Zane Grabau) and eat Mondae's Homemade Ice Cream, and Katie Buhr, who may or may not own an awesome Great Dane. - Results
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:10
Z-TRI COVERAGE - Brendon O'Flanagan of St. Paul, and Tara Makinen of Grand Rapids, won this Independence Day race for the second time last Friday at majestic Pokegema Lake south of Grand Rapids, and both did so in record time. For BO, who also was victorious here in 2012, his 1:02:07 lowered his own men's course record by more than two minutes. For TM, her time was just less than three minutes faster than her 2013 clocking.
Alone in second place for the guys was 2013 Rookie of the Year nominee, Larry Hosch, who posted an impressive 1:04:37. It was Larry's ninth podium finish in 13 starts. The St. Joseph resident is still looking for his first win, which we predict will happen this season. In fact, it could occur as early as next Saturday at Graniteman-Clearwater.
Also cracking the Top 3 for the men was Alan Dettmer, who is from Fergus Falls, we think. Maybe Alexandria....
An Amazing Day...
Friday, 04 July 2014 00:10
ED. One of America's best 40+ female triathletes, Indiana's Chris Wickard blogged about her BOUS experience:
By Chris Wickard (http://chriswickard.wix.com/triathlete/apps/blog)
BOUS Race Report - This was my 6th appearance at the Best of the US (BOUS). I think of BOUS like a mini USAT National Championship, as it brings out some very talented athletes. Unlike Nats where you are competing against others in your age group, at BOUS you are competing against all the other female or all the other male athletes.
The hosts/organizers at BOUS .....are extremely passionate about the sport of triathlons. So if you ever have the opportunity to participate in a race that they are involved in, you know it will be spectacular.
The morning began with the inaugural Capital City Sprint Triathlon.....
Once a majority of the sprint athletes finished, it was time for the BOUS to begin. Our race was an Olympic distance. One of the many great things about this race was that is was very spectator friendly. The swim was 2 loops, the bike was 3 loops, and the run was 2 loops. This is definitely nice for those out there cheering us on as well as the athletes since we would get lots of cheers and encouragement throughout the course.
Our race was a relatively small field of competitors but it was packed with talent. The males and females started the swim together. It was surprising a not very physical swim. You never can tell when the males and females start together if it will involved swimming on top of each other. Since we all had the same swim caps, I couldn't tell how many females were...
Holy Balls, Batman!
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:10
"I need more cowbell, baby!"
By Gaby Bunten
BOUS Race Report- When I received the e-mail for an invitation to compete at Best of the US for Iowa, I was overcome by a phrase that my dear old dad has coined, “Holy Balls Batman.” I knew that the competition at the race would be stacked with a field of talented ladies and gents. My initial anxiety for the race happened with that e-mail. It became a battle of am I worthy of competing with such a field and what would I bring to the table at this race? Well, of course I immediately consulted the best coach ever, Miss CY. She gave me one of the most positive vibes I have ever received from a coach, and for that thank you CY! But I was able to go into the race with a new frame of mind, the only thing I needed to accomplish that day was to push myself harder than I have ever before and when all else fails, just smile.
The night before the race, my dad had texted me, “Rock on tomorrow. Mom and I are bringing Hells Bells (our two springer spaniel puppies) and our cowbell, gotta have more cowbell, baby!” Leave it ...
Big Bike Splits...
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 06:10
Nicole Heininger (photo) proved on Sunday that a big bike split can trump the fast swim/run combination.
On paper, Nicole Heininger and Christina Roberts were the likely picks to finish 1-2 in the women's race at Lake Waconia. The wild card was Heidi Keller-Miler, now 49, who won this race in 2012.
HKM, though, hasn't finished a tri since September of 2012. Injuries and the demands of life have kept her on the sidelines since then. The fact that she was unable to finish at Trinona three weeks ago also clouded the issue. Was she ready to return to racing, and to reassert herself as one of our region's premier masters triathletes.
The answer to that question is "Yes." Her swim an bike splits on Sunday were solid, and though her run wasn't her best, her ultimate 3rd place finish had to be encouraging. It was great to see her back on the scene. We hope that she races often enough to garner a Master of the Year nomination, an award she's won on multiple occasions, and a spot on Team Minnesota.
Heininger was a surprise runner-up at LWT in 2013. Launching from a later AG wave, it was not discovered until the awards presentation that she actually had the 2nd fasterest women's time. That result earned her a BOUS invitation and helped her earn the Rookie of the Year trophy....
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