Race Coverage

Team Buenting = Team USA...


By Mike Buenting (mikebuenting.wordpress.com)

April 13th and 14th 2019 USA Triathlon (USA Duathlon) brought National Championships to Greenville, SC. If you have never been to Greenville I suggest you go visit it is a beautiful city and the people are so very kind and wonderful! Before I share the success of the weekend I want to say thank you to USA Triathlon for producing an amazing event, to Tri Bike Transport for getting out bikes safely to the race site and to Camp from Tri Bike Transport for all his service and help and just being a great guy! Thanks to F2C Nutrition for their support and the fuel that keeps Team Buenting hydrated!

I am so blessed that my family shares the healthy way of lifestyle that I live by and am passionate about. My wife Shannon who aged up to 50 this year, my daughter Bella 16 years old and myself who also aged up to 45 this year circled this event in the fall and said let’s get the entire family qualified for Team USA and World Championships 2020! We all knew a race in early April coming out of a miserable and brutal Minnesota winter was not going to be easy! When you can’t get outside much and run because of snow/ice/cold and you are stuck indoors on a bike trainer all winter it’s not ideal for having yourself in peak shape to compete at an event of this level! But it is what we had to deal with so Team Buenting just focused and adapted to conditions as mother nature gave them to us and got ourselves ready to compete....

Another National Title For Parish!


By Usatriathlon.org

GREENVILLE, S.C. — More than 500 run-bike-run specialists crossed the finish line Sunday at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships in Greenville, South Carolina, as athletes competed for national titles and World Championship spots in two distances. 

The Non-Drafting Standard-Distance National Championships kicked off the day, with athletes covering an 8.45-kilometer run, 39-kilometer bike and 4.5-kilometer run on a rainy morning at Lakeside Park. 

Patrick Parish (Minneapolis, Minn.) was the overall men’s champion. The 34-year-old broke the tape with a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes, 23 seconds. Thirty-six-year-old Meghan Fillnow (Charlotte, N.C.) took the women’s overall championship, winning with a time of 1:57:54...

Gophs Rock at College Nationals...


By Garrett Williams

This past weekend the Gophers sent twenty of their finest to Tempe, Arizona for USAT Collegiate Nationals. The weekend of racing was a huge success, with the women finishing 12th (tied for their highest ever) and the men 33rd, combining for 19th overall out of 97 of the best teams in the nation.

Racing began Friday morning with the men’s Draft Legal race. Andy Hardt and Nico Mendivil led the way for the Gophers, putting in great efforts in an ultra-competitive race. The women were next, with Mélanie Mahoney and Heather Taylor repping the maroon and gold. Both had fantastic races, with Mélanie finishing an impressive 25th. Saturday was the big day for the team, featuring both the Olympic distance race in the morning and the mixed...




TEXAS 70.3 - Rochester's DANI VSETECKA continues to demonstrate that she is one of the premier amateur long distance triathletes in our hemisphere.


Yes. Today in muggy Galveston, Texas, Dani battled decorated Canadian Janine Willis for the amateur title at Texas 70.3. Now 45, but showing no signs of slowing down, Willis is a two time 70.3 AG champion and former Kona podiumer. She also managed to lower Jan Guenther's masters record at Ironman Wisconsin in 2017.

Arguably, her record in 70.3 events puts her atop of women's amateur heap in Canada...

Carney Wins Carney Island 140.6...


By David Carney


HITS-Ocala Race Report - Triathlon is a wonderful sport.

It may very well be the most giving and influential activity I have participated in. It gives you self awareness and promotes growth in all areas of life. All your weaknesses and shortcomings are revealed and exposed during the process of training and racing. If your diet is poor, if you are not sleeping enough, if you are stressed, if you are in a unhealthy relationship, if you come in a contact with a negative person, you will know immediately. This is the awareness I need so I can make changes to ensure my spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health is good.
November 28th I signed up for Ironman Madison and I want to crush it to be honest. Shortly after I realized I need a practice run at this distance to fully understand tactics, nutrition, pacing, and gage where my fitness is at. So, I come across a 140.6 race at Carney Island Park in FL March 30th, okay game on. Seems like the perfect place and it really was. I enjoyed every minute of this event and the best part is I got to share it with my brother as he raced the sprint distance. It was his first tri so I got to support and encourage him as he lit his triathlon candle. His candle is shining and Big Sexy will be racing Chisago Lakes Sprint July 28th.

SWIM: Gun goes off at 7 sunrise was 7:18 open water start and on the countdown we all have our goggles up saying where is the buoy, too funny. It takes me longer then most to settle in for 2.4 miles and find it and today was no different. Second lap my right calf is cramping, what, why, am I in trouble, stopped for a second to try and stretch, no help started swimming and soft kick seemed to get rid of it but still freaked a bit on this. First time I used the wetsuit strippers and I loved it, why have I not used em before? Unofficial time here thinking 1:18 which means I need help on the swim and lots of room to improve here....

Phillipi Two-For-Two at SLP Indoor...



LIFE TIME ST. LOUIS PARK INDOOR TRIATHLON #2 - VICTORIA PHILLIPPI won the January indoor at the SLP club, and she successfully defended her title in race #2 at that venue last Sunday.

In January, tri vet Kathryn Jensen was her closest rival. This time around, it was KATE BARNETT who gave Victoria a run for her money,  but it was Phillippi's swim/run combo once again that sealed the deal for her, though it shuld be said that her bike performance was not too shabby either.

FYI - Victoria was coming off a very solid 5-mile effort (17th - 31:47) at O'Gara's Irish Run two weeks prior.

As for Barnett, she capped her 2018 outdoor tri season with a 7th place finish at Hopkins Royal, which matched her 2017 performance there. ..

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