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Bike Crashes & Hotel Fires...

HL-PP-SF.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

 

COPPER CREEK TRI RACE REPORT - I was excited to race another “local” sprint triathlon as they are usually the most fun and I love racing with people I know.  Fellow local pro Patrick Parish joined my dad and me for the ride down to Iowa.  We were able to cram two bikes, all our racing gear and an extra body (Patrick) in the back of the car.  Having a guest in the car was great for conversation and as always having a chauffeur was great for napping the second half of the ride, thanks Greg!

After arriving in Iowa we picked up our packets, dropped Patrick at his hotel, checked into ours, had some dinner and got to bed nice and early.  Thank goodness for earplugs because our hotel was filled with young softball and baseball teams that were quite rowdy, that is until the fire...

IronCowboy Riding Into Minnesota...

ironCowboy.gifBy Christina Meier

James Lawrence, the current Guinness World Record Holder for Most Ironmans Completed in a Year, is taking on a 50-state Challenge this summer that he aptly calls the 50-50-50 Challenge.

His purpose is to bring a national awareness to the ever-growing epidemic of childhood obesity, “We’re the first generation where the parents are slated to outlive their children,” The Iron Cowboy said, “The epidemic is so crazy that I had to do something that equaled its craziness in order for people to pay attention.” He’ll race 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in 50 consecutive days in 50 states to bring awareness and raise funds to fight this epidemic....

Competing on a National Stage...

erin-finish.gifBy Erin Sontowski (usatriathlon.org)

 

First and foremost, I would like to start this blog with a huge thank you to USAT for putting on an absolutely amazing race at the Du Nationals this year. I was incredible impressed with the organization and enthusiasm that surrounded every aspect of the race. From the smooth packet pick-up, to the flawless bike check in that morning, all the way up to the cowbell start at 8 a.m., I could not have asked for a better race setup. So kudos to you guys and all the amazing volunteers that helped put it together.

Secondly, I want to congratulate all the participants that day. As a relatively new age-grouper, this race was an amazing display of the talent that our community possesses. From the pros that were incredible to watch, to the last few stragglers like myself who clawed and pushed themselves to cross that finish line, it was a great day to be a multisport athlete. I even noticed early in the morning how fantastic this group...

A Deja Vu Experience...

mike-run.gifBy Mike Ward (mikeward.cool/blog)

Capitol City Sprint Race Report - Lead up to the Capitol City Sprint was pretty basic. I had a strong run week with a lot of intensity, which was good, but I am feeling it now. Especially with Grandma’s Marathon in five days, the plan is to take it really easy in order to feel as fresh as possible on race day. Either way, despite not a lot of volume, it was good to get some relatively hard running in this last week as a little mental boost for Grandma’s.

I put a little less weight on performing at Capitol City just because it was a sprint race and Buffalo was more of a “where am I at” triathlon tester. I already knew kind of where I was at going into Capitol City, and frankly, Grandmas is more on my mind at this point. So the setup and prep was a little less hectic… I wasn’t as stressed out with having all my gear and just generally less stressed.

On race day, I realized that this was a deep field. According to Minnesota Tri News, I knew it was going to be deep, but it hit me on Sunday morning when I saw a few fast runners setting up in transition. Nothing is scarier than a strong runner. I felt really strong and good to go on race morning. I set up transition and...

Lake Waconia XXVI Preview....

lwt-logo.gifLAKE WACONIA PREVIEW - There are five Minnesota tris scheduled for next weekend. We don't know much about three of them--Average Jo, St. James and Tri for Health--but we sure hope that they are successful and attract the kind of numbers that justify their continuance.

One of the other two races is Saturday's By George, which is Uncle Randy's resurrection of the original race by that name that took place in the 80s, and it's successor, Minneman. The Lake George venue is outstanding and the park is the kind you'll want to hang out in for a few hours after the event, perhaps do some barbequeing. We don't know who's racing there, so we can't make any competition-related predictions. We do know that Uncle Randy will bring the fun and that a good time will be had by all. If you're free on Saturday, we hope to see you at Lake George....

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