Race Coverage

"...Wired With Excitement"...

ryan-and-host.gifBy Ryan Bailey

LTF Oceanside Race Report:
The Oceanside Triathlon was just six weeks away when I decided to sign up. The next few weeks would bring an exciting rollercoaster of training to get ready for the race.  About a month before the tri, I noticed a twinge in my Achilles, something that I have struggled with in the past. I backed off on running and worked harder in swimming and cycling.  I knew I had to keep my running sharp so I added a tempo or two per week. Running only two days a week made the pain subside and I was soon able to train at full strength. The set-back motivated me and I was feeling ready to roll.


I landed in California Friday evening. I went straight to my hosts, who graciously made me dinner and drove me somewhere I could shake out my legs after the long day of travel. I slept great Friday night and had my pre- race run done before the sun was up.  After the run and breakfast, I assembled my bike and made sure everything was working properly. My host drove me to packet pickup and T1 to drop off my bike to avoid any fuss in the morning. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and mentally preparing for the race, which made me rather nervous. I tried to get rid of the nerves by...

A Minnesotan. And Damn Proud of it...

kyle-fl.gifAt the behest of the good MTN folk, an all too long IM Florida race report...

By Kyle Serreyn (ky-tri.blogspot.com)


Whenever I tell somebody about a race (and in this case, lots of somebodies), I always wonder if I should tell them exactly how I think and feel, or if I should tell them what I want them to hear. The latter is always more optimistic, the former far more realistic.


Anyway, the race…On Wednesday afternoon, I got into town with my dad (also racing) and my Sherpa (still basking in the glow of her IMOO age group victory). The weather, naturally, was phenomenal in the days leading up to the race. We rode the run course a couple of times, jogged around, did all the stuff that needed doing. On Thursday we all got in the ocean and swam around a bit – clear, warm waters, sunny skies, flying manta rays (seriously) – everything felt good and I was jacked to race....

Dani is Awesome...

dani-bike.gifED. Until we stumbled upon the post below, we did not know that DANI FISCHER's victory at USAT Long Course Nationals last June was her debut effort at 70.3, making  the fact that her time--4:23:37--was the fastest of the season by an amateur American female even more awesome. (Great YndeCam Photo of Dani at Life Time Tri - Minneapolis)

By Kelly Hill (MLive.com)

ADA – Wausau, Wis.,native Dani Fischer has been out of the country only once, when she visited Canada.

Her first trip out of North America could be to Sweden.

Fischer, 25, who is a full-time pharmacist in Wausau, won the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship Sunday morning at the Grand Rapids Triathlon, thereby qualifying for next year's World Championships in Sweden. She completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 23 minutes and 37 seconds....

The Contador Fingerbang...

Really.gifBy Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com)

Leadman Epic 125 - Ben Race Report - Back in September T-Payne and I made our annual trek out to Bend, OR to visit our good friends Dave and Morgan. Now seems like the appropriate time to once again remind everyone that Dave had his ass kicked by a squirrel.

As expected, I left Bend totally wanting to move there. Since mechanical engineering jobs are tough to come by out there I even hatched a sure fire business plan which would no doubt result in endless cash flows with which to make it rain on Bend's many bike shops and microbreweries.

As the proud owner of a 49cc Yamaha Vino motorscooter, I know good scooting grounds when I see them.

Bend's compact layout and mild climate make for just about ideal scootering. The only problem is that there are no scooter dealerships in town.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Rainbow Road Scooters.  Rainbow road you say? What is this? Some sort of gay scooter dealership? No, we here at Rainbow Road welcome all sexual orientations, because Rainbow Road is a Mario Kart themed scooter dealership.

Another Half IM Win for CY...

CY-Soma.gifLife Time Tri - Soma Half IM - CATHY YNDESTAD's convincing victory at the Soma Half in Tempe, Arizona two days ago was her sixth win in eight multisport starts in 2014 and the 71st W of her tri/du career. Her time was FAST, a 4:32:45, requiring uniformly impressive splits: S - 28:35 - B - 2:28:28 - R - 1:33:54. It was her 2nd fastest half IM  ever and an 8:42 improvement on her winning time here in 2013. Additionally, it is the fastest 70.3 time of the year by a resident Minnesota woman.

More impressively, Cathy finished 7th overall and only 27:46 behind the male winner, Pedro Gomes, a Portuguese pro living in Scottsdale. Winner of Ironman Sweden in 2013, Gomes' name may sound familiar to those who watched or participated at Ironman Wisconsin last month. He finished 3rd there.

CY's Soma victory was her 3rd long course win of the season and the MMA Selectors have unanimously decided to add her name to the official list of "Long Distance Athlete of the Year" nominees. Yndestad is also nominated for "Triathlete fo the Year." ...

Recalling Brewhouse...

Brian-BH.gifED. While web surfing yesterday, we came upon some great print and video coverage of the Brewhouse Triathlon. Check it out.

By Sarah Wheeler

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Brian Bich crossed the line first at the 28th annual Brewhouse Triathlon on Saturday at Island Lake for his 12th overall title while Elaine Nelson, also of Duluth, racked up her second women's crown.


Bich finished with a time of 1:59:20, 19 seconds, 33 seconds faster than his time of a year ago. Nelson set a course record and her own personal record wit ha time of 2:12:5.

With both Bich and Nelson being Northland natives, they admit nothing compares to racing here in the Twin Ports...

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