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By Laura Knoblach (decagirlblog.wordpress.com)

 

Swiss Deca Race Report - This March, I was peer-pressured into signing up for the race of my life by some of my very best friends: Shanda Hill and Joey Lichter. They promised that if I didn’t, I’d be sitting at home the entire month of August, wishing I were with them. They were right…

 

 

Still, it took their convincing, along with my world turning upside down, for me to finally commit to doing the Swiss Deca. 

 

For those unfamiliar with ultra triathlons, a Deca is a 10x ironman-distance race. There are two formats: the “one-per-day” and the “continuous.” In the former, an athlete races one ironman-distance triathlon per day for ten days. The later consists of a 24-mile swim, 1,120-mile bike ride, and 262-mile run with a 14 day cutoff. 

 

We all chose the later. 


While most onlookers would call it crazy, the thought of doing this race (and training for it) became my sanity. I’d spent several years working through abuse that had happened to me as a child and teenager, when a I was raped by a close friend in the fall of 2016. The experience landed me in a hospital bed in late January, as I worked through the aftermath of what had happened. ...

Parties, Fall Colors & Final Races...

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TRI NIGHT '17 - In case you haven't heard, the 19th annual MInnesota Multisport Awards Party will take place on November 4 at Gear West Bike and Triathlon. The event will celebrate the 2017 multisport season and the extraordinary quality of tri life here in MInnesota.

More information will be available on the MTN and Gear West Bike websites next week. 

 

RACE OFTHE YEAR - Hey, have you voted for Triathlete's Choice Race of the Year yet? If not, please do so at your earliest opportunity. Voting concludes on October 15, and the Top 5 vote-getters will be revealed on MTN on October 16. The winner will be announced at Tri Night '17 on November 4.

 

FINAL RACE - The last multisport race on Minnesota's multisport calendar is the Central Lakes Cycle / David Grotnerg  Duathlon. It happens tomorrow, September 23, at Central Lakes Cyle in Fergus Falls, and consists of a 20 mile bike ride followed by a four mile run. WEBSITE

 

BEAVER BAY FALL COLORS RUN - 

Join us for our great new event, the Beaver Bay Fall Colors Run on Saturday October 7th, and enjoy the spectacular Fall colors on the North Shore!  ....

Toasted Legs...

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By Corey Nygaard (swimcoreyrun.blogspot.com)

 

CHATTANOOGA 70.3 WORLDS Race Report - Fourteen Months ago, my body had no idea what it was in for over the coming months. The reason that time frame was so important: that is when I qualified for Chattanooga, In July of 2016. Long time to get ready, right?!

 

Two Ironmans and two 70.3 races later, I somehow made it alive to the weekend I had lost focus on so many times. I think when a race is so far off, it can be hard to stay focused on that one goal. It was probably a good thing I had races to keep my motivation high and the work, well, hard.

I'll start off with a few short snippets of a few of my summer races, that did not really meet my expectations.

 

Racine 70.3 - I got to race with one of best friends in his first sorta half distance race. Since the swim was cancelled, for the second year in a row, it was basically a time trial. I managed a solid AG placing and Branden is off to Worlds in South Africa next year, awesome man. This run was incredibly painful as I had just started down the road of IT Band issues.  ...

Vote For 2017 Race of the Year...

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It's that time again!

Yup. Once again we encourage everone to vote for their favorite multisport event of the year. The Top Five Vote-Getters will be announced on this site on Tuesday, October 16 (Voting concludes on Sunday, October 15). 

Who will win the 2017 Triathletes Choice Race of the Year award?

That's up to you. If you are eligible to vote, that is.

Here are the criteria:

- Voting Eligibility - Only those Minnesota tri and/or du-athletes who raced in one or more of the events listed ...

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