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Mankato Triathletes Rock Out at Fairmont...

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FAIRMONT TRIATHLON – Times suggested that conditions were not optimal for the 165 finishers at the Fairmont races on June 16, an event that draws athletes almost equally from northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota, as well as Minnesota.

Leading the way on the Olympic event was 2017 Green Lake Sprint winner SPENCER SYVERTSON, a member of the Minnesota State Maverick's tri team. His margin of victory was huge, just over ten minutes.

 

The women's Olympic champ was another successful Mankato triathlete, KRIS ANDERSON, who also won by a substantial margin. Kris isn't the only talented triathlete in her family. Her 15-year-old daughter, GRACE, has shown great promise over the last three seasons. We expect her to contend for Junior of the Year nominations in the near future. Grace raced in the Fairmont Sprint and placed an impressive 4th overall in the women's competition....

Dealing With The Devil...

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By Corey Nygaard (swimcoreyrun.blogspot.com)

 

IRONMAN BOULDER RACE REPORT - Third time is the charm right? This would be my third trip out to BoCo for Ironman and every year was going a little better than the last with racing, training etc. I felt good coming out this time around and was ready to see what my body could do come Sunday.

Mads and I packed up our sick minivan, which was amazing because I didn't have to break my bike down at all. And headed to North Platte, Nebraska, lovely, lovely Nebraska... we went for a run to get all that driving out of the legs and pretty much just chilled.

We got into town Friday morning and did all the necessary things. Went for a swim that night and it felt so good to swim in an outdoor lap pool! Saturday rolled around and I got up early to make final checks on the bike and then went for another outdoor swim because if it is there I want to use it! Mads and I drove to the res and dropped all my bags and bike off and said siyanara. Decided to go for a little drive/adventure after we ate lunch at Noodles. Headed up to Nederland and then across to Ward and I can see why any Colorado cyclist loves riding those roads, I'm envious. It was a good way to relax and get a huge headache, gotta stay up to code on that H2O consumption!  ...

Deepest Men's Field of the Season?

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LAKE WACONIA XXIX PREVIEW II - Which Minnesota race will draw the deepest men's field of the 2018 season? We'd be surprised if it wasn't Lake Waconia.

Typically, a regional elite male will come into a race targeting a spot in the Top 5, or against especially tough fields, the Top 10. At Sunday's LWT, though, there will be several guys who win races and consistently reach podiums that will not crack the Top 10. Exciting stuff.

So, who are the guys who will battle  for the top spots? 

Here are some of them, in alpha order:

JOE ADRIAENS - Runner-up for the Most Improved award last year, we think that he is ready to take his place among the best in our region.

NATHAN ANSBAUGH - After flatting at Liberty, then having Lake Minnetonka called in mid-race, LW's defending champion is itching for a big performance. Another win? It's possible, but certainly a podium.

JOSH BLANKENHEIM - Duluth's numero uno, Josh has podiumed at LW three times.

JAKE BRAAM - Runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award in 2017, he is especially hungry right now. We think he'll have to run some guys down, which he is very capable of doing, in order to land in the Top 10.

SEAN COOLEY (photo L) - He won here in 2016 in course record time. The 2017 Minnesota Triathlete of the Year is certainly one of the favorites to win on Sunday.

WADE CRUSER - Cruser has been Top 3 on Team MInnesota the last two years. He's making his LW debut.

BROOKS GROSSINGER - A two-time podium finisher here.

JOSH MORK - Josh is a wild card. Like Joe Adrieans, he appears to be ready to take his place among the elites in our region....

Cutting Losses....

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By Christina Roberts

 

Lake Minnetonka Triathlon "Race" Report.


Swim: Felt great, I absolutely love swimming in the rain. With 200m to go, I hit someone's arm and my new Garmin 935 quick release straps decided to release quickly and the watch started sinking. I stopped and spun around to see if I could catch it, but I proceeded to watch it sink to the bottom of Lake Minnetonka. Dang.


Bike: Pouring rain. Some lightening strikes. Hit a few potholes and my aero water bottle + bike computer popped off, hanging on by a tiny strap. I tried to re-connect it just to have it pop off again. I cut my losses and ditched the unit on the side of the road. Wrist watch gone, bike computer now gone! Was cruising until the half way turn-around when a volunteer told us the race was cancelled. I found out later that most people didn't even get out on the bike at all! I met up with Scott Myers and we pedaled back to transition...that was after we got lost on the way back and biked a few extra miles in the rain/lightning...

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