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adOne Last Tri VII Preview - This is not actually the final outdoor triathlon on Minnesota's 2012 multisport schedule. MSU-Mankato has it's fall tri coming up, and there may or may not be a race in Mayer, too (Royals Tri). It's name--One Last Tri--is designed to entice those who have either already packed up their gear for the season, or are seriously considering doing so, to get out there one more time.

Last year this race attracted a record 600+ entrants, which caused some parking issues. Good news: those issues have been resolved and parking will not be a problem this time around....

State Record...

fam(Photo - The Andres Family. Michelle is the girl.)

Ironman Stuff - There is no tri in our region that can match Ironman Wisconsin in the area of Transcendental Magnitudiosity. The vibe is big and buzzy; joyful and celebratory, yet trepidacious; the ether is packed tight with tummy-tickling, bladder-stimulating electricity. And though we didn't attend this year's event, we could sense and feel all that from here in St. Paul. It was like standing in the parking lot at the Super Bowl.

The race is over, but a happy hangover buzz is still palpable. So much inspiration. So much to get, and stay, excited about. This kind of stuff is not intended to be soon forgotten.

The star of the whole dang show, as far as us Minnesotans are concerned, was not the pro winners, though we believe that Liz Lyles' win was the first IM victory of her career, which is totally cool. The brightest star was Michelle Andres, the pretty 35-year-old hockey mom from the Brainerd Lakes area....

Uncluttered By Facts...

legs(Photo - Angie Schmidt's legs. Ang loves her designer M-Dot flip flops.)

By Al Bumin

Square Lake Halfish IM - We told a guy that we would post a story about the Square Lake Long Course race on Tuesday. Today, to you. But it's Monday afternoon, yesterday to you, and results have not been posted.

We don't know what happened on Sunday, but we promised the guy we would write something. Besides, when has not having correct information ever stopped us before? This will not be a lengthy post. It

25% More Than 50% Right....

ddheather(Cool Photos -Square Lake Short Course champs Dennis Dane and Heather Lendway. Pics courtesy of Drewey Frakes and Kerry Yndedstad.)

Square Lake Short Course - The sagely Yogi Berra said that 50% of baseball is 90% mental. Gee, who can argue with that? We predicted that Jeff Grebner and luminous-futured rookie Heather Lendway would win yesterday, and using Berra-ian logic, it turns out that we were 25% more than half right.

Huh?

The Race of Her Life!

michelleSHE DID IT! East Gull Lake's Michelle Andres just set an amateur course record at Ironman Wisconsin! Her time was 10:05:30, an eight minute improvement, we believe (we'll check ASAP!), on the prior CR and a whopping 58-minute bettering of her former PR, set on this course in 2008. We could not be happier for you, Michelle! More words and photos to come!

Suzie Fox lost her IM virginity in a magnificently impressive way. Her time was brilliant, a 10:38:43, which placed her 1st in the 25-29W AG, 14th woman overall / 6th amateur. Kona 2013! How cool is that!

Kortney Haag's intro to IMing produced a 10:49:46, which landed her in 6th place in the 30-34W division. Way to rock, Kort!

TIMES & PLACES:

* Heidi Keller-Miler - 11:03:42 (1st IM!) - 3rd 45-49W

* Leah Prudhomme - 11:06:25 - PR - 8th 30-34W...

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