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Full Montys & One-and-Done

nickandmeghanwithmedalsBy Nick McCulloch

(Photo credits: Kelly McCulloch, Megan McCulloch and some random people using our cell phone cameras.)

 

Ironman Lake Tahoe Race Report  Overall impressions:  Absolutely stunning venue and it was a great place to both race and vacation.  This is definitely not the place to ever go fast... ever (ever).  There were quite a few hiccups, probably since it was the inaugural edition.  I'm glad I did it but for this course, I'm one and done.


Before the race:  My wife Megan (who raced as well) and family spent 5 days before the race staying on the lake and we had a chance to bike, run, and swim much of the course.  The weather was nice and the water was always very pleasant for training.  The visibility is shocking - at least 60 feet and you can see all types of sea life from trout to crayfish.  I increased my Gatorade consumption, not to hydrate for the race, but so I had enough bottles to build and deploy an extensive network of crayfish traps filled with bacon hoping to catch some of the 280 million that live in Tahoe... but that effort was unsuccessful.  Part of the bike course was not accessible for the week leading up since it...

Run-Bike-Runners...

suziebikebrianMinnesota Multisport Awards - Nominees in the Duathlete of the Year category need at least three outstanding R-B-R performances during the season. Here are the official 2013 nominees: 

SUZIE FOX (30, Chaska)

1st @ Gear West Duathlon

1st @ Apple Duathlon Worlds Qualifier

1st @ Fall Classic Du (Course Record)

The Next Level...

thadMinnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the official nominees for Male-Most Improved:

Thaddeus Ingersoll (43, St. Paul - photo L)

Thad had a great season in 2011 and an abbreviated season in 2012. In 2013, he had a breakout year, his most successful ever. His highlights included amateur wins at Life Time Tri-Chicago and Chisago Sprint. He also finished 2nd overall at Rev 3-Wisconsin Dells Olympic, 3rd at Croixathlon and 5th at RochesterFest Olympic....

Upwardly Mobile...

Heather(Photo - The Lendway Sisters.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - For the first time in the 15-year history of the MMAs, siblings have received nominations for an award, in this case, the same award. How cool is that!

In aplha order, here are the officlal nominees for Female Most Improved:

DIANE HANKEE (36, Lino Lakes- photo below L)

Diane won four races this season. One was the State Tri Championship (HOLT) and two were half IMs (Liberty and Chisago). She also popped a PR 10:21:03 (3rd amateur overall) at Ironman Louisville.

HEATHER LENDWAY (29, St. Paul)

Heather won eight races this year, including the USAT National Championship. Her long distance debut at Leadman Epic 125 - Bend produced a course record....

Heather's Words...

Heather and BFFEat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat

 

By Heather Lendway

I’m not sure exactly what made him think racing 125K triathlon would be a good idea but approximately 10 months ago the boyfriend, Patrick (photo L with me), signed up to race Leadman 125 Bend.   I knew I had no interest in doing a HIM or IM, but this basically modified HIM with a 2.5 K swim, 106K Bike and 16.5K (later changed to only a 13K) run, was quite intriguing and definitely suited my specialties.  By the time April rolled around I pulled the trigger; we would both be racing the Leadman 125....

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