Race Coverage

Another Du W for Parish & Fox...

girl-butts.gifPhoto - Podium Posteriors (L-R): Lisa Lendway, Suzy Fox, Elaine Nelson.

23rd GEAR WEST DUATHLON - Not surprisingly, yesterday's race was conducted under cloudy skies with plenty of wind and dankiosity to go around. As usual, the cross country run courses were sloppy fun. On the bright side, the morning was warmish (low 60s) and snow flurries were nowhere to be found.

Also not surprising was the heated battle that unfolded between men's favorites Patrick Parish and Matt Payne. On Facebook, Patrick had this to say:

Gear West Duathlon: I thought I was in solid cycling form. Then Matthew Payne taught me that until I father a couple kids and start towing them up hills on a regular basis, I'm at a severe competitive disadvantage. Go figure. Well-done sir! At least the cross-country run was as wet and sloppy as advertised. Fun stuff!  ...

Controling What She Can Control...

gwen-yokohama.gifBy Liz Hichens (triathlon.competitor.com)

After sitting out last month’s World Triathlon Series Cape Town event to focus on training, American Gwen Jorgensen again showed her dominance with a win Saturday at the World Triathlon Series Yokohama race. The victory was her ninth straight in the WTS, 12th overall in the WTS and her third straight at this Yokohama race. It also propelled her back to the top of the WTS rankings.

Jorgensen kicked off her day as part of the lead group out of the swim. From there, she remained in the front pack throughout the entire 40K bike ride with all athletes riding cautiously through wet, rainy conditions. As soon as the women hit the run...

"I'M SLOWING DOWN"...

IMG_2001.gifBy Ben Ewers (benewers.blogspot.com)


St. George 70.3 Race Report - I won the 65-69 age group with a 5:38, but slower than last years 5:32 on an easier weather day.  So, what is happening?

Well, I'm just getting older.  It's tough to compete at the "old" end of the "older" age groups.  In a prior post I compared the relative performance of the best age-groupers as a function of age.  I did this utilizing the USAT ranking system, and the USAT statistics for 2014 reaffirmed the general trend of an accelerating decline after age 40. To further smooth the recent 2014 USAT statistics, I averaged the scores of the top 5 ranked athletes in each age group.  The results were as shown below:

AGE-GROUP               MALE                FEMALE(1)
                 20-24                                104.3                   102.0
                 25-29                                104.6                   104.1
                 30-34                                105.3                   103.1
                 35-39                                105.8                   103.7
                 40-44                                103.9                   101.7 ...

A New Fire Lit...

CY-back-view.gifBy Cathy Yndestad (trigirlcathy.blogspot.com)

Paix D'Aix 70.3 Race Report - With the off-season prioritized by moving my life across the Atlantic, I knew it would be a stretch to be race ready in May.  Regardless, I’ve never been afraid to race myself into shape, so we kicked started the 2015 tri season with the Ironman 70.3 Pays D’Aix. With such a beautiful backdrop for a race, there’s no surprise the race filled to capacity with 2500 athletes on the start. It had the typical Ironman brand hoopla and it felt like a championship event with racers from all over Europe.

Pay’s D’Aix is roughly a 7 hr drive from our new city, and this was our first euro road trip. After 42 euros of road tolls, we finally made it to our hotel in the heart of Aix en Provence.  We celebrated the majestic city and enjoyed walking through town and having dinner at one of the many outdoor...

Epic Promises Kept...

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Steve Stenzel Photo - Fast Girls (R - L) - Diane Hankee, Suzie Fox, Nicole "Heiney" Heininger and Jenn Scudiero.

OAKDALE DUATHLON - Last Thursday, Suzie Fox posted these words on Facebook:

 "Excited for a big battle with my Gear West teammate Diane Hankee on Saturday @ the Oakdale Duathlon! Our best times on this course are only 7 seconds apart & our best times on another course (Falls Duathlon) are only 2 seconds different...hoping for multiple lead changes, a sprint finish in either order, & a shiny new PR for us both! Not sure who else is racing but there is still time to join the party! Weather looks perfect for one of my all time favorite MN courses, come join us!"   ...

"A Few Things I would Have Done Differently...

first-out.gifPhoto - Guess who was first out of the water?

By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Wednesday night after a quick spin Patrick and I worked on taking my bike apart for the trip. This was only the second time I’d be flying with a bike and a first with my new tri bike. The bike packing went fairly smooth although I did have to phone a friend (Jared) at Gear West Bike & Tri to make sure I was taking the bike apart in the most efficient way. I also wanted to validate that those scary creaking noises that sound like the carbon is cracking were normal, which they are.

I arrived in Florida Thursday evening with Patrick and bike in tow. We grabbed some dinner right away at my favorite: Sweet Tomatoes never ending salad bar, after which we headed to Treasure Island on the gulf where we had rented a condo with my parents for the long weekend. We unpacked, built up my bike and got to bed....

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