Heather Pops a 4:10!


PANAMA 70.3 - Heather Lendway collected $6500 for her 3rd place finish at Panama 70.3 this morning. The race was the 2016 Pan American 70.3 Championships.

Heather and eventual winner Sarah Haskins came out of the water together, HL then outbiked Haskins and everyone else (2:12:43!) in the women's field. A third of the way through the run, Haskins claimed the lead. Lisa Roberts, thanks to the fastest run split of the day for the women, managed to overtake Heather, but only by six seconds.

Heather's bronze medal time was an amazing 4:10:41, a Minnesota state record (pending verification of distances), eclipsing Ruth Brennan Morrey's old mark of 4:13:46 at Kansas 70.3 in 2014.


USAT WINTER TRIATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Lake Phalen, St. Paul) - The two most talented Nordic skiers in the race--Joel LaFrance and Jan Guenther--took control in the third and final phase....

Doppelganging & Engorged Orangefish...

julie-F.giffranke-jansen.gifGoing Off Course - Have you met Inver Grove Heights triathlete Julie Feldman? She's lovely. She's also one of those people that, when you see her for the first time, you ask yourself, "Who does she remind me of?"

The reason for this is that she is a doppelganger. Not professionally, of course, though she probably could be if she wanted to. (Stand-ins and stunt doubles are pro doppelgangers, right?)

If you've read Stephen King books, you know what a doppelganger is. If you haven't, you probably think that it is a brand of .....

Jan Will Be There...

jan-guenther-denim.gifKing Boreas Winter Tri co-director Jeremy Sartain called us recently to let us know that Jan Guenther has registered for Sunday's Run-fat bike-ski race at Lake Phalen on Sunday. Very exciting stuff. Jan, now 56, is the single most decorated female summer multisport athlete in Minnesota history. And triathlon is not even her best sport. Nordic skiing is.

She'll go into the KBWT, which is also the USAT Winter Triathlon National Championships, as a podium favorite. Here's why:

Tri & Du Creds -

- She's won an unprecedented 16 Minnesota Multisport awards, three as Triathlete of the Year.

- She a two-time Ironman Wisconsin winner (2002, at age 42, 2009, at age 50!)

- She's won more than 40 tris and dus since turning 40. (Unprecedented)

- 2000 USAT Master of the Year

Nordic Skiing -  ....

Jimmer & a Sigourney Weaver Lookalike...

elaina-boston.gifLIFE TIME - EDEN PRAIRIE INDOOR TRI - This January 3rd pool-trainer-treadmill event had 50 finishers. Leading the women's field was Elaina Schellhaass. We think it's cool that her last name, which is a German deal, we think,has three sets of double letters. Elaina is a decorated distance runner who out-treadmilled everyone in the event. That's right. She chicked the entire men's field. FYI, Elaina raced well at Boston last April (photo).

And speaking of Boston, a guy named Adam Boston was the men's winner at EP - Indoor. There's a guy on Facebook named Adam Boston, who studied mechanical engineering at UMD, has tattoos on his right arm and a black dog. We dont know if he's the same guy who won the race.

The guy with, in our opinion, the best name in the field is Jimmer Dorweiler. Jimmer. A nickname or creative parents? Cool in either case. Jimmer placed 9th. According to FB, he's totally into golf and Bridget McCoy is one of his friends. RESULTS

YWCA INDOOR TRI #2 - Fifty-seven fun-and-fitness-loving people finished this indoor event on January 17, twelve of them did the mini-sprint, twenty-five did the regular sprint, and 20 did the long sprint. The mini and regular races were won by women--the pixiesque Lesley Stanaway and Andrea Tremaine, respectively. Andrea is into Harry Potter books and prefers Star Trek stuff to Star Wars stuff....

Data Geeking...

YearInReview1rb-524x421.gifSimple steps for evaluating your progress and planning for 2016.

By Jesse Thomas (triathlon.competitor.com)

In March 2011, I went to my first triathlon camp with coach Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness and was assigned a shared room with Sami Inkinen. I didn’t know much about Sami other than he was very fast (I’d raced him a few times as an age-grouper), very handsome (his remarkably always perfect hairdo was the target of far too many of Matt’s jokes) and apparently very smart (he had a Stanford MBA and had recently co-founded some real estate website named “Stevia” or something)....

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