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"Sponges in My Hat"....

brads-leg.gifED. Awesome racing went down at LAKE MINNETONKA this morning. Favorites prevailed and KRISTINA SWENSON nuked a junior course record that had stood for eleven years. Words and photos on Monday. RESULTS

By Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)

Liberty Race Report - I wasn't exactly excited for Liberty 70.3.  Chattanooga was the race to start my long-course season and kept me going over the winter training. I had planned to stay at the race hotel on Friday night but decided last minute to just drive the 2 hours on race morning. That night I asked myself why I wasn't excited and looking forward to the race. More about that stuff in my blog.

I woke up at 3:00am and ate my serving of oatmeal with a 1/4 cup of walnuts and grabbed a coffee to go. On the drive I also gagged down a Power Bar to give me about 600 calories. I had been hydrating well as I knew the forecast was for 91 degrees. I got to the venue about 5:30am and got a great spot for my bike at the end of a rack closest to the bike in and out. I, like in Chattannoga, decided to run with cleats to mount but do shoeless dismount on the way back in....

"A Perfect Course For Beginners"...

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By rochestermn.com/outdoor

When the airhorns sound at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 19 at Foster-Arend Park, it’s not because you’re about to hear a reggaeton banger or experience a tornado, it’s because the Rochesterfest Triathlon, presented by Toyota and organized by Final Stretch, is going down.

Competitors in this time-honored Rochesterfest race will compete in one of two classes – sprint or Olympic. The sprint course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 10-mile bike and ...

An Addictive Experience...

steve-gun-show.gifLAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON XIII Preview - Few tris and dus are immune to trends. Most races have endured reduced attendances for the last four or five years. Those events remain on the calendar because they're optimistic that the sport will experience a resurgence in the near future. We're optimist, too.

A couple of races, however, appear to be basically immune to downward trends. One is Northwoods. Another is the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon.

What elevates the LMT in this comparison is the fact that its enrollment ceiling (600) is twice as high as Northwoods. Sure, neither race fills as quickly as it used to, but both consistently get their numbers....

Preview & Race News

RF-logo.gifROCHESTERFEST VIII - Great weather is forecast for the Rochester area next Sunday and event producers are intent on providing a great racing experience for the expected 300+ athletes. We highly recommend this event and encourage those who are on the fence about registering to lean to the sign up side.

Because it's fun to predict stuff, we are going to share some prognosticatory musings. Based on the entrant list we were sent, we think that the Top 3 men in the Olympic race will be: 1. Patrick Parish, 2. Kris Spoth, 3. Kevin O'Connor. All three of these guys have victories under their competitive belts this year. (Kevin is a two-time RochesterFest amateur champ.) 

We are confident that Kortney Haag will prevail in the women's competition. She's healthy and fit, and her victorious performance at Buffalo (2:10:08) two weeks ago portends a great year for the 37-year-old former Minnesota Rookie of the Year (2008) and Most Improved (2009) winner....

Gruesome, But Great....

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Liberty Half & Olympic - Sometimes, great races are contested in gruesome weather. The deluge at Lake Nokomis (Mpls Tri) in 2002 and the broiling, sweltering Superior Man in 2012, come immediately (and frighteningly) to mind....

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