Tuesday, 19 July 2011 03:10
* RACINE STUFF - Elite St. Paulian Sam Janicki (photo) made his half IM debut at Racine 70.3 on Sunday. After satisfying swim (28:33) and bike splits (2:18:46), Sam admitted that his run time (1:39) "needs a lot of work." Still, his 4:29:38 was a very encouraging rookie effort. He placed 27th overall / 12th amateur and 4th in his 25-29 AG. Don't be surprised if The Sam-inator anchors his next half with a 1:20-25 run.
FYI, he's scheduled to race at Chisago next weekend.
MTN congratulates all the Minnesotans who accepted the Racine 70.3 challenge. And please stay tuned for Jennifer Martone's race report, which will post later this week...
Mid-Season Report Card...
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 03:00
(Photos L - R - Junior stars Brandon Onopa, Caleb Vukovich, Greta Danielson and Hannah Strom.)
We thought it would be cool to do some "Mid-Season Report Card" posts, even though the season is actually two-thirds over, which makes us sad.
As for the Report Card stuff, what we plan to do is acquaint you with the athletes that, at this point in time, appear destined to receive MMA nominations next autumn. But anything can happen tomorrow. New names on the scenes. Sub-par efforts. Injuries. Stuff like that....
Monday, 18 July 2011 03:00
HOLT XXVI Coverage - Twas not a day for records, unless heat index and dew points are the records you're looking for. But that's not what we're talking 'bout here. Purely and simply, it was a tough-ass day, for everyone but that lovable mutant Jan Guenther, who actually enjoys these kinds of extreme conditions, and performances suffered.
It became clear, though "clear" is an odd word to use here, when folks were driving to Annandale on race morning that expectations had to be altered. What appeared to be a ubiquitous ground fog was just saturated air. Viscous, the dankness felt like 10W-30 on the skin.
At 6 AM it was already 80 degrees, but felt like 90. And the dew points were in the mid-70s. And conditions would worsen by the hour....
Sunday, 17 July 2011 16:18
Heart of the Lakes - Extravagant humidity, unkind heat and an even more turgid heat index did not prevent the 26th edition of the Heart of the Lakes / Minnesota State Triathlon Championship from achieving its signature spectacularity this morning. Gosh, this was a fine event!
Pre-race faves, Dan Hedgecock and Becky Youngberg, lived up to their billing. And so much other cool stuff happened. Extensive words and photos will post tomorrow. Stay tuned.
The Lemming Effect...
Sunday, 17 July 2011 03:00
IM CDA: Decompressing With Bonnstetter, Morgan, Sartain & Hoffman
By Darin Wieneke
I recently learned that more than 70 Minnesotans ventured to Idaho on June 26th to compete in Ironman Coeur d'Alene. While Minnesotans generally travel well to Ironman races, 70 participants is an extremely strong representation at a race approximately 1355 miles away. So why did so many Minnesotans travel to Coeur d'Alene? I was not sure, so I checked in with a number of the participants (Katy Bonnstetter, April Morgan, Jeremy Sartain and Laura Hoffman) to see why they decided to make the trek and how their experience went....
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