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AWESOME IN ANNANDALE...Updated...

holt-guys.gifHEART OF THE LAKES TRIATHLON - Dan Hedgecock and Suzie Fox became repeat Long Course champs this morning at HOLT. Hedge also won in 2011; Suzie in 2012.

David Thompson thrashed the short course CR and Nicole Cueno turned in the fastest women's SC time since 2004.

HOLT / Best of the US Offical Invitees: Men - Matthew Payne (amateur champ - 2nd overall), Marcus Stromberg (3rd overall) and Brooks Grossinger (4th overall); Women - Suzie Fox (1st), Nicole Heininger (2nd) and Christina Roberts (3rd).

The events were awesome! Words and photos on Tuesday. RESULTS ....

"...My Best Olympic Race to Date"....

hl-trans.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Life Time Tri - Minneapolis Race Report - The entire week leading into this race excitement and nerves were building. This race was going to be the biggest race to date for me this season because of a highly competitive elite amateur field and there would be a pro field racing, Saturday couldn’t arrive soon enough.

Saturday morning my alarms went off at 3:45, 3:50, and 3:55, I was up with the first alarm but always set back ups. Dad was at the house to pick me up at 4:10, I was happy to walk out of the house onto a dry sidewalk instead of torrential flooding downpours like last year....

Steve & Matt Lead the Way...

steve-and-matt.gifLIFE TIME TRI - MINNEAPOLIS - Amateur Men - At least two of the Top 3 amateur women at Saturday’s Life Time Tri - Minneapolis—Heather Lendway and Dani Fischer-- appear doomed of receive USAT Athlete of the Year nominations when the dust of the 2014 season settles.

The same is true for the Top 2 men at Minneapolis. Winner Steve Mantell of Fort Collins, Colorado, and runner-up Matthew Payne (photo L) of Columbia Heights, Minnesota seem destined for post-season recognition.

Payne came into Saturday’s race with an unblemished record: undefeated in six starts. Mantell came into the event with only one non-victorious effort on his scorecard, his 3rd place finish at USAT Collegiate Sprint Nationals. It should be noted, however, that that performance happened the day after he won the amateur title at Collegiate Olympic Nationals.

Mantell’s 2014 amateur wins at Escape from Alcatraz and Boulder 70.3 (3:58) are the stuff that make USAT AOY Selectors drool. Add his victorious amateur efforts at...

Rhapsodic Waxing...

lodge.gif(Pam Garrettson photo - Sugar Lake Lodge)

30th TIMBERMAN - Few places that host triathlons are so compelling that visitors actually consider relocating there. (Yes, it's an awkward and poorly written sentence, but the sentiment is what's important here.)

Bend, Oregon comes to mind as such a place, as does Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire.

The list of these halcyon locales is not a long one, and it includes a very special place in northern Minnesota.

Most of those who make the annual pilgrimage to Ruttger's Resort on Sugar Lake for the Timberman Triathlon leave grudgingly. They wish that they could stay forever, but their lives dictate otherwise....

In a League of Her Own...

heather-stride.gifMPLS 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...

hl-mpls.gif(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

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