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Another Superior Experience...

duluth-park.gifSUPERIOR MAN III - The MTN Guys are giddy with excitement about next Sunday's Superior Man races. A companion event, the "41.5" has been added and we love its bike-heavy distances: .5 mile swim - 35.4 mile bike - 5.6 mile run. The format is reminiscent of the short-lived, yet awesome, TriStar event that used to be associated with the Maple Grove Triathlon.

Before we make some predictions about the half IM, which was named "Triathletes Choice Race of the Year" in 2013, we will say that our picks to win the "41.5", based on last week's list of entrants, are YWCA Women's Tri director Nicole Cueno and Kiwi transplant David Phillips.

A decorated distance runner, Cueno is a parttime triathlete who tends to win or place highly every time she shows up, which is rarely more than once a year. In 2014, however, she has already raced twice, winning on both occasions with fast times....

Minnesotans Rock in Pigland...

kortney-biker.gif17 Annual PIGMAN HALF & 3rd Annual PIGMAN OLYMPIC - David Thompson did NOT win the Pigman Half yesterday. Had he done so, the victory would have been his 10th at this, the upper MIdwest's oldest half, and the 19th 70.3-mile win of his career.

He didn't win because he didn't race. Instead, he went out and torched the course record in the Pigman Olympic Tri, a companion event inaugurated in 2012. The old CR --1:58:20--was set in 2013 by 2007 US Athlete of the Year Daniel Bretcher, a totally cool guy who got his pro license in 2008. David, who outsplit the entire field in every phase of the competition, posted a 1:54:56. Moreover, his margin of victory over the runner-up - Bretscher--was a porky 7:15.

The victory was the 92nd of Thompson's multisport career, and his 7th W of the 2014 season. David is currently sporting a semi-mohawk and it looks really, really cool....

Lake Marion Capsule & Assorted Results Links...

lynette-bacon.gif4th Annual LAKE MARION OLYMPIC TRIATHLON - Ideal climatological conditions--mild, cloudy, reasonable humidity--and a strong men's field yielded a new course record this morning at Antlers Park in Lakeville. In fact, the Top 3 guys, starting with reigning Chaska champ RYAN BAILEY (2:03:03) and followed in order by 2012 LMT winner KYLE SERREYN (2:04:32) and Nordic ski stud / occasional triathlete MATT LIEBSCH (2:05:11), bettered DENNIS DANE's year-old CR (2:05:22).

The fourth place guy, 2011 LMT winner JOSH BLANKENHEIM only missed the old mark by eight seconds.

The women's Olympic race was won by 46-year-old LYNETTE BACON (2:31:38) of Mankato. A five-time North Mankato Tri winner, according to our records, Dr. Bacon's last tri effort was in 2011, an 11:00:25 at Ironman Louisville.

Bacon (photo L) enjoys standing in shallow water with her husband.

The remainder of the women's Olympic podium was claimed by reigning Elysian champ, KATIE BURR (2:32:41), who's getting married in a few weeks, and LESLIE SEDLAK (2:36:19), whose orange tri-suit totally rocked. RESULTS ....

"A Target on My Back".....

hl-milwaukee.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

USAT NATIONALS RACE REPORT - Going into nationals I had a target on my back. Winning the USAT AG National Championship last year was a pretty big surprise to everyone, but this year people would have high expectations. Could I repeat my overall win?

The week leading up to the race I actually wasn’t too nervous because I had raced the course before, I knew my competition, and my body had done this many times at this point. The nerves finally kicked in on Friday, maybe in overload, as I was feeling somewhat sick trying to eat dinner. I got to bed early and surprisingly easily thanks to my earplugs. After the nighttime noises at Pigman and Trinona I learned not to travel without them.

Race morning was pretty calm. I woke up at 5 with no hurry to get to the race site since my wave wasn’t until 9:50. I ate breakfast on the drive to downtown, got setup in transition fairly quickly and found a nice place ...

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