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sam & jen(Photo: Sam and Jen. Sam's the tall one.)

By Jennifer Neuman

Race Report - Over the past 4 years I have participated in the Land Between the Lakes Triathlon in Albert Lea. My sister-in-law, Lisa grew up in Albert Lea and her parents still reside there so it is a fun way for family and friends to get together for the weekend. At first, I wasn't too sure about racing so early given the cold water temps, but over the years I have found it beneficial for me to get an early jump-start to the season.

A cold front came through Saturday night and we woke up to breezy, cooler air with the smell of rain. I was happy about the cooler air but not about...

Sam & Jen Do It Again...

swimAlbert Lea Triathlon Coverage - These thing happen sometimes. You plan to get to bed at a reasonable hour because you have a race the next day, but your friends insist that you have one more beer. You cave. They keep insisting and you keep caving and before your know it, you're hammered and it's after midnight.

You roll out of bed the next morning after getting maybe two hours of narcotized slumber, your mouth tasting like the floor of a neglected birdcage, and you drive, albeit badly, to, say, Albert Lea, which is about 120 miles from your home, which is in, say, Vadnais Heights. As you rack your bike you belch-up...

Big Du-ings in Orono...

mankao folks(Chris Crocker photo - Some Mankato Multisport Club guys and girls who made the trek to Orono last Sunday.)

Race Coverage - What kind of race was Sunday's 20th annual Gear West Duathlon?

It was a fast and furious one. Super competitive and super fun despite weather that, according to Race Director Kevin O'Connor, "would have sucked if this were a triathlon, but was just fine (misting, mid 50s, breezy) for a du." ...

A Season's Worth of Calamities....

danBy Dan Chies

I'm not sure there could be a worse season debut race. Been training hard, prepping for 3 early sprints, Chisago half, and IM Wisconsin, feeling great, and finally ready to let the dog off the chain at Albert Lea after 5 months of training in the gym and home pain cave...

Recap:

Swim: I consider myself a strong swimmer, first pack at worst, and positioned myself as such. It was 10seconds before the gun when I realized I hadn't put Body Glide on my already-chafed neck. Whoops. Figured there'd be a little jostling like usual....

Weekend Headlines...SLIGHTLY UPDATED...

jen(Photo - Two-time Land Between the Lakes champ, Jen Neuman.)

Race Coverage - At home and away, Minnesota triathletes totally rocked socks on Sunday. Here are some highlights, starting with the in-state stuff.

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