Big Dogs...

stanley-the-dane.gif4th Annual BLAINE TRIATHLON - Comfortable, pretty weather and a wonderfully swimmable lake (68.1 degrees) portended great performances at last Saturday's Blaine Triathlon. And that's what happened, starting with a breakout, though not unpredictable, winning effort for Blaine's own CHRIS TATTON. Chris, who was also victorious at Manitou in June, led from the get-go en route to the event's 3rd fastest time ever (1:11:08).

If you don't know Chris, he's a great guy whose wife Maggie is a HOOT! The Tattons have an eight-month-old Great Dane named STANLEY, who has paws the size of catcher's mitts. The dog, with whom event participants were encouraged to take selfies, kinda looks like the the one in the photo here.

Claiming 2nd right from the start was Minnesota multisport pioneer RICH HEILMAN, 50, who is being strongly considered for a Master of the Year nomination. His time (1:14:42), was the 2nd best clocking ever by a 40-plusser here, and an adipose 5:05 improvement on the previous 50-54M course best. Later at breakfast at The Grandview in St. Paul, Rich ate a couple of pancakes the size of bike wheels and four strips of Neuske's bacon.

Also looking strong throughout the entire race, DAVID CARNEY, 42 (1:16:13), claimed the final men's podium step....

Heather's Mugs...


16th Annual SQUARE LAKE (Short Course) - Studying this year's results on paper told us that something didn't add up. DAVID THOMPSON's and HEATHER' LENDWAY's bike splits and overall margins of victory did not make sense. Until HL posted this on her Facebook page:  ...

Andres Wins IMOO! Again! Fox Earns Bronze!

IMOO-SWIM.gifFINAL RESULTS (as they occur):

MICHELLE ANDRES has just become the 2nd Minnesota woman to WIN Ironman Wisconsin. JAN GUENTHER is also a two-time champ there. MA's time today was 10:08:05.Her margin of victory over runner-up Kelly O'Mara of San Rafael, CA was 13:52!

UPDATE: Minnesota women claim TWO podium spots! SUZIE FOX capped her brillaint 10-win season with a 3rd place overall womens finish in Madison today. Her time was 10:34:49!

UPDATE: SHEENA DAUER finishes 7th overall. Her time was 10:40:41, almost an hur faster than her previous best (11:37:36).

UPDATE: ERIN KLEGSTAD PRs, too! Places 8th overall in 10:45:29....

UPDATE: SARA CARLSON sets a PR! Her 10:57:11 landed her 12th place overall and 4th in her AG!

UPDATE: NICOLE HEININGER places 13th overall and 1st in her AG. Her time was 10:57:28.

UPDATE: ANN SNUGGERUD placed 2nd in her 45-49W AG. Her time was 11:13:18.

 It's 6:53 PM and time to do domestic stuff and catch up on football scores. We encourage everyone to go to Ironman.com and see how your friends and fellow Minnesotan fared today.

Tri Night '15, Race of the Year, IMOO Predictions...

roty.gifTRI NIGHT 2015 - Mark you calendar. Tri Night '15, featuring great food, drink, conversation and the presentation of the EMMAs (Minnesota Multisport Awards), will take place at Gear West Bike & Triathlon in Long Lake on Saturday, November 14. Ticket info will be available soon on the  Gear West B&T website, and on MTN, too. For the fourth straight year, the festivities will include "MMA Bingo." For a $1 contribution, attendees can guess the award winners. The one who has the most correct guesses will take home a wad of sweaty cash. It's a HOOT!


VOTE FOR RACE OF THE YEAR - Voting for "Triathletes Choice Race of the Year" will get underway here on MTN later this week. Make sure you vote for your favorite Minnesota tri or du experience of this season, okay? The winner will be announced at the Tri Night festivities and will receive a custom "Race of the Year" banner. Race Directors, please encourage your racers to vote. And please athletes, if you are racing in next weekend's Fall Classic Du or One Last Tri, wait until after the event to vote. Who knows? one of those races could be your choice for race of the Year.

CY's Excellent Trans-Alpsian Adventure...

mtn-riding.gifBy Cathy Yndestad (cathyyndestad.com)

Although it’s taken almost a month to finally create this post, the memories of my first mountain bike stage race are still somewhat fresh (especially the good ones). I’ve been busy enjoying euro travel and getting into triathlon race mode, but I couldn’t let an epic adventure such as the TransAlp go undocumented in my online scrap book.

We decided to register for this event with our dear endurance junkie friends – For those of you who know Patti & Al, you understand how ‘easy’ it is to jump on board once they suggest an epic endurance challenge. They were willing to make the trip to Europe, so we were ready to step out of our comfort zone for this unforgettable TransAlp journey....

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