Borderline Unbelievable...

sean_waconia.pngOn the surface, the women's Performance of the Year award may seem controversial, but as far as the Selectors were concerned, it really wasn't.

Here's why:

- Kortney Haag's course record - 2:10:08--at Buffalo Olympic was the fastest Olympic-ish time by a Minnesota woman last season. Her margin was 50 seconds and she beat a very strong field. Why wasn't this the POY? Because it didn't blow our collective minds. Kortney's career PR at this distance is 2:08.

- Diane Hankee beat the deepest women's field of the year at the Apple Duathlon. It was an awesome result, but it did not blow our minds. Had her time been a minute-or-two faster, her effort would have contended for the award.

- Erin Hyndman-Farrens' 10:02:29 3rd place finish at Ironman Louisville. This effort blew our minds. A PR by 12 minutes and the 2nd fastest time by a Minnesota woman ever, this wonderful effort would have won the award most years.

But not in 2016....

Dave & Amanda's Reacquisition....

dave_hands.pngWinonaDailyNews.com (Nov. 22, 2016)

Trinona is going back to its independent roots.

Ownership of the self-proclaimed “World’s Biggest Little Triathlon” now belongs to the original event founders, Winona native Dave Schutz and his wife, Amanda.

Life Time had owned and produced the Trinona Triathlon since 2011 and will continue to be a sponsor while also supporting the event via its Chronotrack registration and timing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to work once again with all the amazing volunteers, businesses and organizations, which have made this event so charming and grassroots oriented,” Schutz said in a press release. “We look forward to making this a Winona showcase like never before.” ...

Diane or Erin?

diane_and_kids.pngDiane Hankee deserved to win the Long Distance Athlete of the Year award. But so did Erin Hyndman-Farrens. Convincing arguments can and were made for both athletes.

Why then, did Diane win?

Because she had the most support on the day the awards were ordered. Had the awards been ordered a day or two later, and the debate continued, there is a good chance that Erin would have won.

But if the awards were ordered a day or two after that, and the debate had continued, then it's very possible that Diane would, once again, come out on top.

And so on....

"Thank You, Body"....

1_AZ.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Keep fighting.

Ironman Arizona Race Report - This sign – held by a woman at mile 10-ish of the marathon – sums up my IRONMAN Arizona. I fought so damn hard all day long, but punching that second trip to Kona just wasn’t meant to be this past Sunday. Was there a smidge of disappointment? Of course. But, there were plenty of lessons learned, and it was a solid day building some serious mental fitness....

New Kid in Town...


By Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)

This year I was honored to be on the selection committee for the Minnesota Multi-sport Awards (MMA's). Minnesota has a rich talent pool in triathlon and duathlon and it was great to see so many deserving athletes recognized by their peers for hard work and excellent racing. The awards night was held at Gear West, where the highlight was WWII and Korean War veteran, Navy Cross recipient and 90-94 age-group triathlete, Bob Powers giving an amazing talk and reminding us all of what true heroism, work, discipline, teamwork and courage really involve. Team Minnesota was announced, which is the top 10 male and female amateur...

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