Central Park was Awesome....

HL-NYC.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)


NYC Triathlon Race Report - I want to start out with a couple thanks.  First a big thanks to Gear West for getting my bike back into perfect form.  After my bike crash I had some damage to the cockpit/aero bar on my bike and needed a new one.  Changing this out involved rewiring my brakes and shifters which is not a small task!  My bike was back in perfect form just before NYC, thanks guys!  A second thanks goes to my college friend Emma for letting Patrick and I crash/move in to her place in NYC.  Her apartment was only about a mile from the start of the race which was incredibly convenient.  Thank you Emma!

I’m going to try changing up my race reporting we’ll see how it goes.  Here’s my thoughts on the race:


* 5:50 am start time made for an early morning but nice to beat the heat as much as possible! ...

"A Dream Come True..."

Boulder-IM6.gifBy Kristin Gustafson

Ironman Boulder is in the books and it was quite a day! I just love race weekend as it is filled with nerves and excitement. My husband and I thought Boulder would be a perfect race to complete our second Ironman together as we lived out in Colorado for about 5 years after we graduated college. The scenery was gorgeous, the venue was perfect, and the volunteers were amazing.

We decided to drive into town pretty much right before the race. We couldn’t get there the two weeks to 10 days before to get use to the altitude like most athletes did. We were just hoping we could survive the altitude and dry heat. The weather was looking HOT for all of us on race day. I do pretty decent in the heat so I felt this could work to my advantage. It is always fun to go get checked in and go to the expo. I love to look at all the gear and just feel the excitement from all the other racers. It was an exhausting couple of days though with having to get checked in, bikes checked, and go to two different locations for the transitions. A lot of walking around which is never good a day before the race....

July Report Card...

matt-mpls.gifWho were the stars of the Minnesota racing scene in July? Well, needing at least two outstanding efforts during the month, here are our picks, which we do totally for grins.

FEMALE JUNIOR OF THE MONTH: Kaitlyn Garrison, 17, Cohasset

- 2nd overall @ Ztri - Jr. CR

- 5th overall @ Buzz Ryan Sprint (1st Jr.)

- 8th overall @ Timberman - Jr. CR

Also Considered: Kristina Swenson, 18, Rogers

MALE JUNIOR OF THE MONTH: Mitchell Clayton, 18, Forest Lake (photo below L)

- 4th overall @ Minneapolis Sprint - 1st Jr.

- 6th overall @ Heart of the Lakes Sprint - 1st Jr.

13th overall @ Toughman Sprint - 1st Jr. ...

Nationals + Seven...

GL-2015.gifNot including the USAT National Olympic and Sprint Age Group Championships in Milwaukee, events that have drawn almost 200 Minnesotans, there are seven Gopher State triathlons slated for the weekend of August 8-9.

Insane, right? Especially coming on the heels of an under-utilized weekend, which had only two races--Brewhouse and Minnewaska--and both of them were on Saturday. This kind of stuff has been happening too often, don't you think?

We certainly hope that those Minnesota races--Northwoods, Turtleman (New!), Graniteman-Big Lake and Rainy Lake on Saturday; Green Lake, North Mankato and Wingman on Sunday--that are scheduled for next weekend are successful under the circumstances and encourage everyone who isn't signed up for an event currently, to support one or two of them....

Jorgensen E Um Olimpo!

gwen-olympico.gifBy Triathlete .com


Americans Gwen Jorgensen (photo) and Sarah True qualified for the U.S. Olympic team this morning (Sunday) by finishing 1st and 4th, respectively, at the test event in Rio de Janeiro. This will be the second-consecutive Olympic team for both. The bottom line for Americans was that a top-eight finish (with only two spots available) meant a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Katie Zaferes finished sixth, but with two Americans ahead of her will have to go after the third Olympic spot at a yet-to-be announced event in early 2016.

Overall, Great Britain’s Non Stanford and Vicky Holland rounded out the podium.

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