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Unofficial Male Junior Performance of the Year...

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In our Sunday/Monday post we discussed our unofficial selections for Female Junior 2019 Performance of the Year and Male Master 2019 Performance of the Year. Today we explain our unofficial Male Junior Performance of the Year pick.

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Dan and Bella...

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On Facebook a few months ago, Mike Buenting suggested that the MMH Committee add specific Performance of the Year honors for Juniors, Masters and Grand Masters.
He was especially interested in the Junior Performance of the Year because his daughter had been nominated, and subsequently won, the JOY.
We told Mike that we liked his idea.
We did not reassemble the MMH Committee to consider “Category POYs,” but here are ywo of the Performances that we, the MTN Guys, would recommen

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – Male Master
This was an easy one. One performance rose above all the rest, thanks in part to the fact that the field was narrowed by the absence of Matt Payne, and the low racing volume of Kevin O'Connor. Those guys can always be counted on to deliver national-level results.

Still, Matt and Kevin would have had to turn in super efforts to be competitive with DAN ARLANDSON's Ironman Wisconsin performance. There the 43-year-old Burnsvillian placed 3rd overall among amateur men in a time of 9:20:31, which might be a state men's masters record....

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Numbers Crunching Spiritual Artist...

 

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I told myself I wasn't going to do a typical year end post. But, I'm a big fat liar. The last few years, I post my total milage (swim, bike, run) for the year. This year's numbers just didn't stack up to previous years. And I'm totally okay with that. Its ironic how important those numbers used to be to me.

Yes, I logged less. But, I smiled more. 😁

2019 was simply the most interesting year of my life thus far. Navigating through a divorce, single parenting, a car accident, injuries, a new job, and my first DNF, just to name a few things.
I've never been so afraid. I've never cried so much yet laughed so hard. I've never traveled so much and met so many amazing people. Learning to always be grateful for whatever comes my way. Slowing down and being kind to myself.

I'm continuing to learn about myself, the universe around me and where I fit into it....

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Thinking About 2020...

 

2019 cathyswimcap.pngwas an odd year. A few prominent athletes either didn't race at all (Wade Cruser, Matt PayneSuzie Fox, Jesson Baumgartner), or raced in out-of-state events only, (Gaby Bunten, Joe Adriaens), or only sparingly (Elaine Nelson, Kevin O'Connor, Dani Vsetecka, Nicole Heininger, Sam Hauck).

Sean Cooley only raced in one Minnesota tri last year. We're used to seeing him at between five (2018) and nine (2017 and 2016)  local races. Likewise, Jordan Roby is also a veteran of 5 - 9 annual local races, but like Sean, he only raced in one Minnesota tri in 2019.

No judgment here. We just miss watching these great athletes do that voodoo that they do so well.

On the positive side, there were those who filled in some of the gaps in 2019, like our state's most decorated female multisporter Cathy Yndestad (photo L), who returned to Minnesota after having lived  abroad for four years; and up-and-coming collegians Rachel Zilinkskas and Jenna Horner, as well as elite rookies Paige Schulz and Caryn Herrick.

Will everyone be back in 2020?  ...

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