Cinco History & Predictions...

cinco-runners.gifPhotos - Both great shots used in this post were lovingly purloined from Steve Stenzel's great blog--iwannagetphysical.blogspot.com. We encourage you to check it out if you're not already an avid reader of his stuff. Steve is a self-professed ELITE GILF.

- RACE PREVIEW - Here is some historical stuff on the 8th annual CINCO DU MAYO LONG COURSE DUATHLON and the 6th edition of its SHORT COURSE companion race. FYI, we've glanced at an early registration list and predict that DEVON PALMER will repeat as the men's champ in the LC race and that LISA LENDWAY will challenge, hopefully break, Joanna Hall's four-year-old short course record. We also think that defending champ SHELLEY OSTRANDER will duke it out with MEGAN ERLANDSON for the top spot in the women's long course competition.

Over 200 athletes are expected to participate.


CRs For Fox & Klonne...

katie-and-horse.gifPhoto - Katie Lenglet, who is not afraid of horses, placed 2nd last Saturday at Falls Du VII.

FALLS DUATHLON – Two-hundred-plus athletes participated last Saturday at the 7th annual Falls Duathlon, the first run-bike-run on Minnesota’s multisport calendar, and a great place to knock off some of the winter rust, especially if you’re planning to race at the USAT National Duathlon Championships in St.Paul on June 6.

As expected, Devon Palmer and Suzie Fox led the way for their respective genders. For Palmer, it was his 2nd victory here. He also won in 2013, the year he set the men’s CR – 1:00:44.

Though weather conditions may have kept the men’s course best in place for another year, Suzie Fox managed to slice two-seconds off of Diane Hankee’s year-old women’s mark. An awesome effort, one that landed her in 6th place overall, but not a surprising one. With Dani Fischer out of the “amateur picture”—she got her pro license last fall—Suzie is arguably the fastest short and standard distance female duathlete in the U.S.

The victory was the 23rd of Suzie's stellar career....

Heather is the Real Deal. And Other Stuff.....

st.-a-podium.gifPhoto - St. Anthony's Top 3 - Heather Lendway (3rd), Alicia Kaye (1st) and Magali Tesseyre (2nd), who is tiny and cute and has a cool French accent.

HEATHER LENDWAY - In case you haven't already heard, St. Paul's rookie pro Heather Lendway finished on the podium at the prestigious St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida last Sunday. It was a day where toughness trumped speed. Heat, humidity, wind and warm, rippy, slow water meant that records would stay put for at least another year.

Heather led the way in the swim, which earned her a $500 bonus, muscled through the bike course in the 3rd fastest pro time and hung tough during the run. In the end, only veteran superstars Alicia Kaye, now a two-time St. A's champ, and Magali Tisseyre, managed to finish ahead of her. For her bronze medal effort, HL picked is $3250, thus her total payday was $3750. RESULTS

Heather will be blogging about her race later in the week. We are anxious to repost her story. Way to go, Ms. Lendway.

PREDICTION: Though there was a larger-than-usual influx of female rookie pros in 2015, we believe that Heather Lendway will be named pro Rookie of the Year when the dust settles next fall....

CY's Mediterranean Sojourn...

cathy-wheat-beer.gifED. Coverage of last weekend's races will post on Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Cathy Yndestad (trigirlcathy.blogspot.com)

I'd heard of Mallorca as a top cycling destination, so for a Christmas gift to KY, I purchased a trip (for two) to the Mallorca Trek’s Travel Camp. Thankfully I was his +1 and off we went the last weekend of Feb. We knew a few other people signed up that weekend, so it was the perfect reason to make it happen.


DAY 1 - Remembering how to ride!

We flew out from Zurich Thursday morning and arrived in Mallorca midday. After an easy taxi to Read’s hotel in Santa Maria we were quickly set up on our camp issued Trek bikes and off we went on the first ride. LOVED the simplicity of camp issues bikes!!  It was just KY and I for this initial ride since we arrived later than the others. Weather was less than ideal, but it sure felt amazing to move the legs outside. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I think this 37km ride was the longest ride since Ironman AZ last November!  ...

Multisports for Ordinary Mortals...

fatty-bike11.gifBy Steve Jonas (usatriathlon.org)

n many parts of the country we are still waiting for spring to arrive, although in certain other parts, summer seems to be here already.  But whatever part we live in, as tri/duathletes, whatever we have done or not done over the winter, we are now getting back into regular exercise. We know that to be a successful tri- or duathlete at any level, we have to train/exercise regularly throughout the season. Many years ago, toward the beginning of my 30-plus years in multisport racing and as a writer on the subject I put together what I call the "Basic Eight of Regular Exercise."  They certainly have helped me to keep on truckin', and given some thought, they might help you too.

1. The hard part of regular exercise is the regular, not the exercise. Believe me, I know, and live this principle very well. There are surely those mornings (and I work out in the morning) when man, I just don’t feel like getting out there. But I do know just how important getting out there is. While I do take a very occasional day off (like I did just this morning), most of the time I do get out there, and then guess what? Ten minutes into the workout I’m very glad that I did.


2. The best exercise routine for you is the exercise routine that is best for you. There are numerous choices. One size does not fit all. This applies to multisport racing as well as to training for it. There are so many articles that say “do it this way, and you are sure to ...” Well, maybe, and, as I have said so many times, it all depends what your goals are, and they may very well not be the goals of that particular writer.

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