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"One of the Most Famous Anonymous People..."

gwen_san_d_iego.pngED. Check out the results for WASECA and MINNEWASKA. Words and pics on Tuesday.

By Rachel Blount (startribune.com)

It never fails to surprise Kris Swarthout. He and his wife can go out to dinner with Gwen Jorgensen and her husband, Pat Lemieux, at any Twin Cities restaurant — no matter how busy, or how trendy — and he can guarantee they won’t be interrupted.

“No one recognizes Gwen. I mean, no one,’’ Swarthout said of Jorgensen, the two-time world triathlon champion favored to win gold at the Rio Olympics. “I talk about her, and people are like, ‘Who?’ She’s probably one of the most famous anonymous people in the world.’’   READ MORE

Swarthout, a Minneapolis triathlon coach, fully expects that to change after the Olympic women’s triathlon on Aug. 20. Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the ....

"...It's in My DNA or Something"....

MA_canada.pngBy Michelle Andres (teamandresjourney.blogspot.com)

Sometimes it can be the simplest words of advice which mean the most.  One day driving in the car with Wes (ED. We is one of Michelle's many, many sons.) talking about my goal of qualifying at Ironman Canada for the World Championships he simply says…If you work for it, Mom, you can do it.  Well I decided right in the car that day…we would be going back to Kona.

Yep, that’s right… I’m still a triathlete.  I’m pretty sure it's in my DNA or something because each time I say I’m walking away and I completely plan on walking away (selling my bike and all my gear) I find myself at another starting line.  We were having pizza (of course) as a family and one of my boys says, "Remember when Mom was done racing”.  We all laughed.  Yes, I know….I’m a broken record.

Part 4....

Desire & Alcohol...

TWO_ERINS.pngBy Erin Sontowski (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)

TOUGHMAN RACE REPORT - Well, my road to a 70.3 this year was interesting to say the least.
DNF at Liberty Half to start the year out. Ok, that's fine, I shook it off.
And then came Racine Ironman 70.3. My "A" Race. The big race of my 2016 season. I even planned a mini vacation with Marc around this race as sort of a celebratory hoorah after I was done. And also to sort of butter my husband up, as he has been nothing short of amazing this entire year.

Seriously, if you ever meet a partner who is willing to deal with taper week mood swings and to sit outside for hours and hours after getting up at 4 am, KEEP THEM FOREVER...

Weekend Preves & Predictions...

BH_2016.pngThere are four adult triathlons in Minnesota this weekend and we've been able to see the entrants lists for three of them. We're talking about Saturday's Waseca Sprint and Sunday's Brewhouse and Graniteman-Big Lake.

We have not seen the reg. list for the Minnewaska Tri, but we hope that they, like the aforementioned races, will enjoy a satisfying turnout.

Yup, that's right. Brewhouse (500ish), Waseca (240ish) and Big Lake (350ish) have sweet enrollments that will be added to in the coming days. We certainly hope this is demonstrating an upswing in race attendance.

So, now for some mini-previews, replete with some predictions.

 

WASECA SPRINT - This race has been around for eight seasons and though attendances have been disappointing at times, thanks largely to scheduling issues, the folks from Waseca, which is an awesome small city, have insisted...

Athletes of the Month: July 2016...

Nick_K_g-man.pngJULY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH - Another exciting month of multisport racing has just Ex.running.pngpassed and the MMA Committee has selected its AOMs for July 2016. The AOMs are presented by Excelsior Running.

 

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH - MATTHEW PAYNE & HANNA GRINAKER

Matt was a slam dunk selection. He raced three times, all "major" events--Life Time Tri - Minneapolis, Heart of the Lakes State Championships and Toughman Half--and won them all. The Pain Train hasn't been beaten by a fellow Minnesota amateur since 2012.

Though Hanna had stiff competition from Christina Roberts (CR @t Timberman, 2nd @t HOLT) and Diane Hankee (2nd @ Muncie 70.3, 2nd @ Toughman Sprint), she received unanimous support from the selectors.  In July, she won the Heart of the Lakes State Championships and placed 2nd (1st Minnesotan) at Life Time Tri - MInneapolis....

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