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"Du Rock" Philly...

HL-du-rock.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

TriRock Philly Race Report - The past month has been tough physically and even more so mentally. It’s still hard for me to comprehend that a sickness could wear my body down so much. The week leading into Philly I finally had a couple decent rides and swims, my running on the other hand still seemed a little behind. I was excited to race to test my fitness but nervous about performing at the level that I expect of myself.

Friday I arrived in Philly early afternoon, followed shortly by my parents who made the long drive out to watch me race. After a long, exhausting overnight trip I was glad they were able to sleep through my loud trainer workout. That evening we picked up my packet and checked out the bike course, two laps of a highly technical course with four climbs each loop. I wasn’t too worried about the climbs but it had rained all week and rain was still in the forecast so I wasn’t looking forward to the fast technical downhills....

North Country Buzz & Other Stuff...

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4th Annual BUZZ RYAN SPRINT - This super-cool event takes place next Sunday at Island Lake north of Duluth at a picnic park that appears to have been designed with triathlon in mind. The race is a great prelude to Brewhouse, which had moved to the same venue three years ago, but its primary goal is to lure newbies and introduce them to the multisport lifestyle. Here's BRS' Mission Statement:  ...

Epic Possibilities...Updated...

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HEART OF THE LAKES PREVIEW - The 30th edition of this classic event, the State Tri Championships since 1996, promises to be super competitive. On the men's side, it is possible for this year's field to match a record that happened in 2009: Six men broke 1:30 in the long course. Since '09, only one guy--DKT--has dipped under the magic 90-minute mark....

In a League of Its Own..

BOB-TIMBERMAN.gifPhoto - On a weekend full of racing highlights, our pick for "Most Awesome Performance" goes to Bob Powers, 91, who became the oldest athlete to cross a finish line at a Minnesota multisport event.

 

31st TIMBERMAN - T'were highlights aplenty on Minnesota's tri scene last Saturday. Bridget McCoy and Sheena Dauer collected the biggest wins of their young tri careers, Bridge at Minneapolis, Sheena at Clearwater. And Bennett Isabella's win at Graniteman further demonstrated that he is the current frontrunner for the men's Most Improved award.

Bennett needs to keep winning and placing highly, though, if he hoes to secure the award. There's a couple of guys from Duluth, Mike Ward and 2014 Rookie of the Year Nick Nygaard, who also have a shot at the trophy.

Like Dauer and McCoy, Nygaard rocked socks last Saturday, winning the venerable Timberman Triathlon. It was his 2nd career victory and his biggest yet. Throughout the race, he appeared calm and meticulous, and though pre-race fave Brooks Grossinger had close to a three minute lead entering T2, when Nick dismounted and started running, he looked so smooth and strong that many of the spectators thought that he might have a chance to reel ....

Bridget is Very, Very Happy......

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14th MINNEAPOLIS TRI - The Women - At Lake Waconia, Bridget McCoy pushed Suzie Fox to a course record, lowering a mark that had stood since 2007. It could be argued that, at LWT, Suzie pulled Bridget to her (Bridget's) finest multisport effort to date. That's saying a lot considering that McCoy's resume featured five wins....

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