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Queen of the Leadman Series...

LT-Tempe.gifCATHY YNDESTAD kicked off her 2014 multisport season with a big victory at Leadman Epic 125 - Tempe last Sunday. The win was, according to our records, the 66th of a stellar multisport career that began in 2003. Her margin of victory was 3:36 over Victoria Burke. If our research is correct, Burke is an Olympic caliber rower originally from Connecticut, who is relatively new to triathlon. In her first race this season she won the Arroyo Grande Olympic Triathlon, wherein she outraced former USAT AOY nominee (and current pro) Lauren Capone.

Our point is this: CY beat some fast women.

Cathy raced at LM-Tempe in 2013, too. She finished 2nd (amateur) then. Her time was 4:55:00. This year's time was 4:55:37. We suspect that it was hot (high 80s) and windy in the Valley of the Sun last weekend.....

Rockin' New Bike Course for BOUS

flyoverLots of exciting things are happening on Saint Paul's Phalen Corridor. A few years back The Phalen Corridor Initiative won the two top Environmental Protection Agency awards for urban redevelopment. Just last week Urban Organics, an innovative indoor aquaponics farm introduced itself to the community from its new home in the former Hamm's Brewery Building. Soon, Flat Earth Brewery will be serving up its own growlers full of suds brewed with the same "sky blue waters" gurgling up from the underground spring beneath the very same building.

 

All pretty cool stuff, considering that all this redevelopment is a result of collaboration between the City and over 60 other community organizations, working together.

 

All of which pales in comparison to the value of the Phalen Corridor's brand-spankin' new bike course for the Best of the U.S. Championship and Sprint races...

April Stuff...

Falls-du-2014.gifALDu.gifDU SEASON IS HERE - Minnesota is arguably America's premier duathlon state. Our events are abundant, competitive and expertly produced. The 2014 spring du season officially gets underway on Saturday, April 26, at the 6th annual Falls Duathlon in...

Fast Fire Fighter...

luke-and-kids.gifLUKE NELSON is a cool guy. He's a Minneapolis Fire Fighter and knows how to drive firetrucks and make water come out of them. He has a lovely wife and at least two great kids. He's into Techno Pop and Noah James Hittner is one of his favorite techno-poppers. We Googled NJH and listened to "Stay Beautiful." It was pretty good.

He's also an awesome multisporter, who excels on both hard and soft surfaces. Prior to 2011, Luke concentrated on off-road stuff. Since then, he has hit the asphalt and his results have been impressive.

Check out his highlights:

- 2013 -

2nd @ Graniteman Clearwater

2nd @ Waseca 1/3

2nd @ Xterra Dairyland (WI) ....

Prepping for the Inevitable...

championshipjerseys.gifED. Ben Ewers is a three-time Minnesota Grand Master of the Year. He now lives in Arizona.

By Ben Ewers (benewers,blogspot.com)

I have not posted in a while as there was nothing material to share.  I've recovered from my stumble in the XTERRA desert trail race but I've been sort of "wandering in the desert" of Arizona trying to figure out what I want to do with multisports now that I am drawing a social security check.  While enduring the normal aches and pains that accompany the aging process,  I've been fighting the urge to retire from multisport.

I've been able to run up to two times per week on desert...

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