Race Coverage

Epic Newbie...

todd(Photo - The girlfriends: Lillian Petite and Todd Hoekstra.)

Event Coverage - In a moment of un-medicated insanity, St. Paul cyclist / occasional cross-dresser (photo L), Todd Hoekstra, decided to make his multisport debut at the Life Time Leadman Epic 125 in Henderson, Nevada on March 31.

What was he thinking?!

Everything about The Epic is just that: Epic! The distances (1.5 miles -70 miles - 8 miles, A.K.A. 125K) and extreme course difficulty are epic enough. A member of the race staff described the run course to several participants who were standing at the swim start as follows: "Look to the southwest. You see that mountain range? We'll, the finish line is on the other side." He didn't need to describe bike route. The road leading to the race start was an asphalt ribbon than snaked up and down the craggy mountains that form the eastern and norther borders of Lake Mead. That was a section of the bike course. Scary stuff....

Indoor Tri News...

Race Coverage - We totally like the way the YWCA of Minneapolis Indoor Tri Series (Fall, Winter and Spring races) score their events. Not only do they post a participant's time and splits, they also post a comparison of those times with the times the athlete turned in at prior series races. For instance, check out Samanthalyn Trapp's improvement:


FYI, Samanthalyn (photo L) went to Vegas recently and had a wonderful time. She stayed at the Luxor.

The Y's Spring event was contested last Sunday and 68 athletes participated, one of whom was Tom Couillard of White Bear Lake. Tom is 62, which means that as a young man he listened to Frank Sinatra records and spread "oleo" on his toast in the morning. Tom was 3:32 faster on Sunday than he was at the Winter Indoor.

Not Playing It Safe...

danBy Dan Hedgecock (from http://danhedgecock.blogspot.com)

This weekend Claire and I headed down to the deep south along with our personal race assistant (my dad) for Elite Du Nationals. The race was held in conjunction with Powerman Alabama's multi-sport weekend on the same course as the Powerman Duathlon. Right off the bat I have to say that the Powerman course was hands down the best course I have ever raced on. The course has EVERYTHING: beautiful scenery, smooth roads, challenging hills, off-road running, world class race organizers and phenomenal volunteers. If you're looking for a

Smiling Like A Little Kid With A Mustache....

packED. After Dan Hedgecock won the US Elite Duathlon Championship last weekend, we asked Dan's biggest fan, his totally cool dad, Troy, who watched the event, to write a race report from the standpoint


dan(Photo by Troy Hedgecock, Dan's proud father, after his son won the USAT Elite National Du Champs.)

Race Coverage Teaser - MTN just learned that Dan Hedgecock made the most of his pro duathlon debut this morning by WINNING the USAT Elite Duathlon National Championship in Alabama. We have no details at this time but were told that fellow Minnesotan David Thompson finished 3rd, and in the women's pro race, Hedge's sweetheart, Claire Bootsma, took 7th against a stellar assemblage of veteran du-sisters. Totally Awesome!

Dan pocketed $1500 for his effort. How cool is that!

In yesterday's post we predicted that Hedgecock would finish 4th. We have never been happier to be WRONG! Congrats, Dan!

Story and photos on Tuesday......ELITE RESULTS

Chase, Mace, Megan, Chella Et Al....

chasemegan(Photos L - R - Chase Higgins. We're not sure if he is the Chase Higgins who won the LT-Plymouth Indoor last Sunday and Megan Trickey, who did claim the women's title there.)

Race Coverage - Mace Pfutzenreuter did not win the Life Time-Plymouth Indoor Triathlon last weekend. But we wish he had. Why? Because he has the coolest and most interesting name of all the male contestants. We think his last name is pronounced "Futzen-Royter." We assume that the "P" is silent.

Though Mace, who is an annual participant at the Buffalo Triathlon, did not come in first on Sunday, he nevertheless did very well. He placed 6th overall. Good for you Mace. See you at TriBuff....

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