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The Best Race You've Never Done...

fairmont-finisher.gifBy Mario Minelli

FAIRMONT TRI RACE REPORT - Saturday June 14, 2014 appeared to be the second Saturday in a row in which high wind, rain, and lightning would test the nerves of race directors as well as the athletes themselves.  Fellow Kasson-ite, Sam Wiegand, and I headed to the Fairmont area on Friday, June 13th to check-in for the Fairmont Triathlon.  My in-laws have a cabin about 10 miles west of Fairmont so that is where we would stay on the eve of what we expected to be close to or the worst weather conditions either of us have raced in.  The forecast was for rain, scattered thunderstorms with lighting and 28 mph wind from the south (the bike section goes straight south for the first 7.5 miles--nice).  We got our race packet then scanned it over a mat to verify our timing chip info on one of 3 large flat screens what would a day later scroll real-time results.  Its not often that you see that sort of system at a fairly small venue, but that's how AllSportCentral rolls I guess.  Race packets in hand (which...

HL is Crazy-Fast: 1:04:53!

LMT-logo.gifLAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON - For the 3rd consecutive year, Brooks Grossinger has won the men's amateur title at this 11-year-old classic. His time was only seven seconds off Brett Lovaas' amateur course record. Heather Lendway picked up her 5th consecutive win of the season, and her 5th CR. The weather was awesome. When was the last time we could say that? 

More words and some photos on Tuesday. RESULTS

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Third Time's A Charm...

matt-and-neil.gifLakes to Pines for a third time. (LTP)
 
By Matt Dickenson
 
RACE REPORT - Leading up the Saturday I really had no intentions of racing in Park Rapids.  My friend’s wife Ellen Thomes (wife of very tall Dave Thomes) was going to be racing her very first triathlon.  This is a super fun, fast race.  It feels so different when you’re there, maybe that’s because they limit the participants to 100.  I have a spot in my heart for Lakes to Pines, as it was my very first triathlon back in 2011.  Not to mention it supports the high school swim team and I get to see my buds to the North in the Headwaters tri club.  On that cold day in May 2011, it was 41 degrees raining/sleeting.  My first thought was “what am I doing here?  I played football, basketball, and baseball my whole life now I plan to swim bike run”.  I woke up this morning at 4:41 a.m. 19 minutes before my alarm so I was like what the heck I am up.  I looked out the...

A Grand Moment...

RUTH-TAPE.gifFirst 70.3 Professional Win After a Punch of Trust

By Ruth Brennan Morrey

Lifting the tape in first position on June 8th to win the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Kansas was a grand moment—my first pro win against some world-class competitors. Perfect training build, perfect taper, perfect weather, and perfect execution made for a flawless day. Leading up, I had a strange premonition that Kansas 70.3 would be a cracker of a race! Pre-race text messages and conversations with husband, coach, and friends included calm, confident, and convincing phrases like, “Definitely ready for great things”, “Taper coming at a perfect time”, “I have a really good feeling about this one”, and “For some reason, I know this will be a great race”.

So, what was so different about this one? My intuition was primarily stemming from overall body ‘feel’. Completing training sessions is certainly different than feeling the effects of training sessions, and at the beginning of the Kansas taper, my body felt appropriately and perfectly exhausted. I told a few people that my body felt quite similar to the training effects/fatigue I experienced before a great race at Panama 70.3 in February.  The build also included two local yet highly competitive short course duathlons—Gear West and Apple—in which we decided I would ‘train through’ which was an atypical move. My long course legs were perturbed when I cranked up the intensity at these races, but I managed bike splits not far off from the top pro men, and as a result, confidence in my bike fitness accompanied me to Kansas....

Payne Seeks 2nd BOUS Title...

kirsten-and-dan.gifBEST OF THE US - On Sunday, the new "open-to-all" Capitol City Triathlon will also host the 2014 BOUS Championship. Staged at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, both events promise to be outstanding, excellent in every way.

Both races will be somewhat more "intimate" than was originally hoped. Sharing the weekend schedule with SEVEN other multisport races, all of which will be more intimate than they wanted to be, and all of which are worthy of your entry fee, made this inevitable.

But races don't need to large to be great. They don't need to be be large to be exciting and significant....

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