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Friendly Rivalry...

jeff-and-scott.gifPhoto - L - R - Jeff Gilmer and Scott Ransom.

By Jeff Gilmer (excerpted from Facebook)

Today (March 1) was the Lifetime Indoor Tri at Maple Grove, MN. While this Tri is really for fun, it also represents my second test for 2015 after nursing back from my torn Achilles last September, more on that later. It’s also a great time to enjoy the triathlon life with friends, and today it was to include Mary Deeg, Scott Ransom, Christine Shelton and Jordan Roby. We had a couple last minutes changes in the line-up, Mary had surgery on her ankle and Jordan came down with a cold so they were unable to participate. Mary agreed to take the photos today, provide support and cheer us on. Christine had a great day, she and I shared a swim lane, and the three of us raced side by side on the bike and the run. Christine looked great, we could tell her training has paid off and she was all smiles.
A little history here, Scott and I met 2009 at the Y in spin class. In 2010, we both we entered IMWI, Scott the veteran and I a very naïve triathlete. We trained together some, supporting each other. Scott obviously could pretty much swim, ride or run away from me with ease. His ability showed as he took first in our age group at IMWI qualifying for 2011 Kona....

Turtleman's Return & Other Stuff...

turtle-man-1.gifTURTLEMAN IS BACK – In 2011, at the age of 28, the Turtleman Triathlon dropped off the Minnesota calendar. Why? Turtle Lake had become too shallow to support a triathlon. Well, the water level has risen, as has the enthusiasm for reviving the classic event, which will be produced by TriFitness Events. The Shoreview event will happen on Saturday, August 8. Stay tuned for more information.

Photo - A guy from Kentucky who calls himself Turtle Man. He has nothing to do with the race.

 

RACE NEWS – Grand Forks’ Sean Cooley has won five of the six editions of his hometown Ice Man Triathlon. FYI, Coolio did not win the inaugural race for a very good reason. He wasn’t there.

The Ice Man, which is one of the coolest events ever, is actually a quadrathlon. It starts with a cross country ski segment, followed by a mountain (or Fat) bike leg and run. Then participants jump on their sleds and slide to finish line. Cool, huh? ...

 

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Ideal Racing Weight Debate: When to Eat Cheesecake...

craigwaltonaustralia-280x42.gifED. This is a fascinatingly awesome article.

Brett Sutton reacts to Chris McCormack’s article on finding the ideal racing weight for optimal performance on the race course. This response originally appeared on Trisutto.com.

By Brett Sutton (triathlon.competitor.com - Feb. 25, 2015)

I would like to take the time to further explain a very important, if not the most important, item in our sport. This concerns the matter of an athlete’s weight.

Last week many people alerted me to a re-release of an article written by Chris McCormack discussing optimal weights for individual athletes.

I’d like to thank him for his words and intelligent insight into this matter. However, I would also like to clarify some observations about my own thoughts on the weight debate given the very real implications for athletes reading such material....

Heather's 2015 Pro Schedule...

HL-Elysian.gifPhoto - From Heather Lendway's first triathlon at Elysian in 2012. L - R - Cheryl Johnson(5th) , HL (4th), winner Sarah Haskins and April Morgan (2nd).

By Heather Lendway (gearwestbike.wordpress.com/blog)

With my move to the professional ranks in 2015 I still plan to concentrate on Olympic Distance non-draft racing as I have done in the past. Having that said, with an always changing racing environment, i.e. the announcement of 5i50 Championships no longer occurring, I’ll likely fill in my schedule with some draft legal races along with more local sprint and Olympic distance events.
I’m planning to start out my season during early March racing back to back weekends in Clermont and Sarasota, Florida, both draft legal sprint distance races.  These races typically draw a couple top pro athletes and many up and coming professionals.  I was excited to see I will be racing Sarah Haskins for my first race in Clermont.  She happened to be racing at my very first triathlon back in July 2012 at Elysian’s...

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