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Banana Hammocks & Dreadmills...

eagan-gang.gifBy Ross Weinzierl

LIFE TIME FITNESS - EAGAN INDOOR TRI - Racing a triathlon, in January, in the Arctic Circle that is Minnesota is not for the faint of heart.  It is as cold as a witches tit, dark as the other side of the moon and is certainly NOT for the weak or meager.  It’s a damn good thing Lifetime decided to host a series of triathlons indoors to give us crazies an opportunity to swim, bike and run without the fear of a frost bitten nipple, or other body parts….

Speaking of other body parts; Speedo’s (aka banana hammocks) were all the rage in wave 1 of the Lifetime Fitness Eagan Indoor triathlon. Myself and the usually dragging behind sidekick, Patrick Parish, took our best shot at injecting a “brief” bit of humor into this typically, very serious, race endeavor.  A bit of pre-race planning, recruiting of other cohorts and a few ‘Merican dollars later, we were diving into the Minnesota indoor triathlon racing scene....

Biebs Fan Wins at Fridley...

the-biebs.gifPhoto - The Biebs. Photo enhanced by photoshop and a pair of balled-up sweatsocks.

LIFE TIME FRIDLEY INDOOR TRI -  Thirty-nine athletes finished this event last Sunday, with Lee Brown and Laura Geer leading the way. Brown, who's 2014 outdoor highlights included his 4th at Buzz Ryan and 5th at Brewhouse Sprint, posted solid splits throughout--28 lengths (700 yards), 25 mph bike, 6-flat mile pace for the run--en route to his victorious 116 points.

Greer finished 2nd overall and only 10 points behind Brown. We were not surprised by this, as Greer was a 2014 Rookie of the Year nominee whose impressive outdoor scorecard featured 3rds at Life Time - Trinona Sprint and Life Time - Maple Grove Sprint, and 15th at Life Time - Minneapolis, which featured what was arguably the 2nd deepest amateur women's field of the year in the US. Only Nationals attracted more female talent....

 

Exotic Locales: Kawalhae, HI, Whistler, BC, Crosby, MN...

MA-kona.gifED. The MTN Guys miss Iron Girl  Michelle Andres. We haven't seen her since the Liberty Half in 2012, you know. She's done some world class racing since then, but always in exotic locales, like Kona and Verona, Wisconsin. We're starting to forget what she looks like. Not really. A few days ago we emailed her and inquired about her racing plans for 2015, to which she replied:

Hi!

I feel like I have been a pendulum since Kona swinging back and forth with my athletic goals and just being a mom. One day I want to break records and the next I'm telling myself to just enjoy my boys. It's always a struggle to find the balance. I do have some for sure Tri plans which are:

- Honu 70.3... This will be at the end of a ten day training camp

- IM Canada

- IM wisconsin

- Worlds in Chicago for the oly distance

Other possible events I'm planning on but I haven't registered for are:  ...

Butt Dimples & Whole Foods Shoppers...

butt-dimples.gifLIFE TIME EAGAN INDOOR TRIATHLON - Via email, we asked Ross Weinzierl to write a race report after last Sunday's Life Time Eagan Indoor Tri. He never replied, but we're not mad at him. He's one of those guys that you can't stay mad at. Besides, he probably didn't respond because he was embarrassed, being totally smoked by Nicole Heininger, and all.

Well Heiney didn't actually "smoke" the furry, beer-loving Weinzierl. Overall, she only beat him by three points. Their swims were identical and RW only managed to outride her by a tenth of a mile over 30 minutes, then Heiney  crushed him in the run, covering 2.87 miles to his 2.7. In the end, in a field of 57 participants, Nicole placed 4th overall and Rossy rounded out the....

 

Cow Selfies & Newfound Love....

jacob-and-cow.gifLIFE TIME CROSSTOWN INDOOR TRIATHLON - Last Sunday, LIfe Time Fitness produced 75 indoor tris in the US, 12 of which were here in Minnesota. How cool is that! We are going to semi-cover as many of them as possible. Today, we'll tell you about the Crosstown Indoor in Eden Prairie, which isn't too far from Steve Sander's new house. Steve is a huge Vikings fan and thinks that Teddy Bridgewater might have star potential. He's still pissed about losing to the Bills in the last four seconds.

We digress.

The Crosstown indoor had 31 finishers. The event, like all of LTF's MN indoor tris, consists of a 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute stationary bike ride and a 20-minute treadmill run. A points system is used, though we think a total distance deal would be cool, too. No biggie.

The top point getters were Jacob Foss (87) and Lisa Lendway (84), who placed 2nd overall. Lisa, who is a HOOT!, out-lapped the entire field in the pool (31 - next best was 27 by Ryan Young), biked 22 mph and covered 3.03 miles on the treadmill, which was the second best pedestrian performance of the morning behind Foss (3:06)....

 

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