Race Coverage

Coyotes, Semis and Super Good Sandwiches...

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By Noah Billings

TRI BY KNIGHT RACE REPORT - I was interested in Tri by Knight at Wartburg College because their reschedule date, October 10, 2020,  fit perfectly between mountain bike races and looked to be a way to get one more race in before the end of season.  I liked the distance proportions.  It had a short 300 swim, a nice 15 mile bike, then a 3 mile run to finish.   

We left at 4:45 AM and drove to the college.  We almost hit a coyote. Because of Covid, there were a lot of extra rules about spectators and who could go into the fieldhouse, but they had a ton of student athlete volunteers so there were a lot of people to help.  Also, my tri friends from Rochester- Kevin Proud, Lael Daire, and Sarah Hunter- were all there so I hung with them pre-race. 

I was a little nervous for this race. My mom got covid at her work and we had to quarantine for 2 weeks and my doctor and coach said I should not train at all during that time.  I was released from quarantine and allowed to exercise 1 week before the race.  I was worried about whether I would still be fast.

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Border State Honorees...

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2020 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Later this week we will begin the process of posting nominees for this year's MMHs, which will feature two athletes--AJ MANNING (Fargo, ND) and PATRICK ALLAIRE (Marshfield, WI) that reside in border states. Since 2000, the MMH Committee has been rewarding those visiting athletes who meet the criteria for consideration, and at least nine of those talented multisporters have taken home awards, including SARAH KOLPIN (photo), who won the Rookie of the Year and Duathlete of the Year in 2005, and was ranked 1st on Team MInnesota. She is the only rookie in MMH history to captain the Team.

 

They are:

 

ROBERT GILLES, Fargo, ND - 2001 Triathlete of the Year, 2001 Duathlete of the Year, 20o1 Performance of the Year, 3 x Team MInnesota (photo below)

SARAH KOLPIN, River Falls, WI - 2005 Rookie of the Year, 2005 Duathlete of the Year, 2 x Team Minnesota....

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Flying Dismounts & 30-Watt Cowardice...

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By Michael Weissenborn

FALL CLASSIC RACE REPORT - Race morning is always a bit of an existential crisis.

When that alarm hits at 6:00 AM on a Sunday, I begin questioning every decision which has led to this point. I was in bed by 8:00 PM last night. I binged Star Trek reruns until I fell asleep. I'm now conscious, my cat (not conscious) is draped across my face, and I'm about to voluntarily subject myself to 90 minutes of torment. Why am I doing this? Then I remember:  ...

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Capping a Memorable Season...

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FALL CLASSIC DUATHLON COVERAGE - Until mid-August it appeared that there would not be a 2020 tri/du season, which bummed-out the Minnesota Multisports Committee. Since 1999 they had been honoring our state's most successful atletes on an annual basis...

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Mustaches and Humble Pie...

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By Josh Mork (Facebook)

 

The final look of my 'summer of stache' was the saber tooth tiger.

...it did not gain necessary approval within the household so Kennedy chopped it after a couple days. I'm going to miss the long stares and double takes while out in public.

On Sunday I suited up one last time in 2020 to race Square Lake Sprint triathlon in Stillwater, MN. The race format has changed drastically this year to meet state guidelines around covid (no more mass starts etc) so you no longer know where your ranking is while the race is happening. It's more of a time trial vs head to head race....

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"It Ended on a Good Note"...

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By Jason Larson

Square Lake Race Report - It definitely feels good to be racing again. To jump in the water, start your watch, put your bib on, and be out there with all the other competitors. This year's Square Lake sprint tri was unlike any other year. That's a good thing though because instead of having to be canceled due to covid, it was able to be held in a special distanced style. 

The weather was excellent at Square Lake Park: Overcast skies but moderate temperatures, no rain, and no sun in your eyes. The water was cool and felt great. Racers entered the water in a serialized start, approximately one person every 5 seconds. The swim was a little over 1/2 mi and then everyone transitioned in specially arranged transition zone that spaced people 6 ft apart. I've never had so much space! We were arranged alphabetically, and I racked next to my neighbor in (similar) name Dwight Larsen. He was also back to the races after having completed 40+ tris himself. I know he was also glad to be out on course again...

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