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Play "EMMA Bingo"...

A-pile-of-dollar-bills-008.gifED. We just learned that, for catering purposes, MMA Party attendees will have to either get their tickets by noon on Wednesday, or contact Gear West Bike & Triathlon (952-473-0093) before that time to let them know that you plan to attend.

Minnesota Multisport Awards - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota Multisport Party attendees will have the opportunity to win some cash. They can play "Emma Bingo" wherein they guess the MMA winners. The player with the most correct answers will take home a wad of sweaty bills, approximately 100 of them. The game is totally fun.

When you arrive at the party on October 25, which will once again be held at Gear West Bike & Triathlon in Long Lake, you will be given a multisple choice questionnaire about the MMA nominees. You select the candidates that you think will win. During the presentation of awards, you will learn how good of a guesser you really are.

To get a jump on the game, here are the nominees in all of the categories.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Emy Everhart, Laura Greer, Nick Nygaard, Kelly Trom ...

Another Half IM Win for CY...

CY-Soma.gifLife Time Tri - Soma Half IM - CATHY YNDESTAD's convincing victory at the Soma Half in Tempe, Arizona two days ago was her sixth win in eight multisport starts in 2014 and the 71st W of her tri/du career. Her time was FAST, a 4:32:45, requiring uniformly impressive splits: S - 28:35 - B - 2:28:28 - R - 1:33:54. It was her 2nd fastest half IM  ever and an 8:42 improvement on her winning time here in 2013. Additionally, it is the fastest 70.3 time of the year by a resident Minnesota woman.

More impressively, Cathy finished 7th overall and only 27:46 behind the male winner, Pedro Gomes, a Portuguese pro living in Scottsdale. Winner of Ironman Sweden in 2013, Gomes' name may sound familiar to those who watched or participated at Ironman Wisconsin last month. He finished 3rd there.

CY's Soma victory was her 3rd long course win of the season and the MMA Selectors have unanimously decided to add her name to the official list of "Long Distance Athlete of the Year" nominees. Yndestad is also nominated for "Triathlete fo the Year." ...

Retirement "Takesy-Backsey"...

CY-and-Amy.gifBy Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

Ah yes, fall leaves swirling around outside on this picture perfect, Indian Summer day.

For the most part, my 2014 race season is over, save for a couple of potential short running races I may do including Monster Dash 10 miler, Drumstick 10k and Polar Dash....

Except for a nagging hip and psoas issue, it's been a pretty good year filled with lots of fun races and events.

The capstone was, of course, Ironman Wisconsin.   Finished with a big smile on my face and with time on the clock to spare, while reaching my overarching goal of enjoying the day and taking it all in.  More on that day in a bit.

Before I get there, just a few other thoughts, comments and pics from my 2014 season:

Switching coaches:  After my former coach, Greg Rhodes, moved to Colorado last May, I started to work with Cathy Yndestad.  I can not say enough about working with her.  She knew just how to push me enough but not too much to cause bigger...

Recalling Brewhouse...

Brian-BH.gifED. While web surfing yesterday, we came upon some great print and video coverage of the Brewhouse Triathlon. Check it out.

By Sarah Wheeler

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Brian Bich crossed the line first at the 28th annual Brewhouse Triathlon on Saturday at Island Lake for his 12th overall title while Elaine Nelson, also of Duluth, racked up her second women's crown.


Bich finished with a time of 1:59:20, 19 seconds, 33 seconds faster than his time of a year ago. Nelson set a course record and her own personal record wit ha time of 2:12:5.

With both Bich and Nelson being Northland natives, they admit nothing compares to racing here in the Twin Ports...

Elsewhere With CY & Brooks....

CY-hammer.gifCY GOES SONORAN -

Unlike most Minnesota multisporters, CATHY YNDESTAD's tri season is not over. IN fact, she has two more races to do, the first of which is the Life Time - Soma Half IM on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona, the second at Ironman Arizona on November 16.

The winningest woman in Minnesota multisport history, CY won the Soma race last year and if she repeats as champion this time around, she will not only have collected her 71st career tri/du win, the discussion as to whether her name should be added to the list of 2014 Long Distance Athlete of the Year will be reopened. With her wins at Leadman Epic - 125 last spring and her overall victory at HITS-Waconia two months ago, she had already garnered support from some of the MMA Committee members. A win, or a very fast time, i.e. breaking 4:40, on Sunday would probably secure for her an official nomination.

On Sunday afternoon, MTN will post coverage of her performance....

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