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Finding the Love...

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By Simone Lundquist (sisterswhotriblog.com)

 

Timberman Race Report - A few weeks ago I was asked along with my sister to come to a group of young triathletes and tell them why and how I got inspired to do triathlons and continue to compete in them. What started out as a simple discussion led to a breakthrough in my season that I needed.


When we arrived to talk to the kids, they had just finished biking and running and were ready to listen to what we had to say. We started with a simple introduction of who we were, when we started doing triathlons, and how old we were when we did our first one. It was easy to respond to most of the questions until someone asked me why I loved competing in triathlons so much. At this point in my season I was still trying to figure out this question because it did not feel like I loved to compete. I felt like my determination and my drive to do better was slowly slipping out of my hands and that there was no way to get it back. I felt that I was getting worse instead of better when I would compete which made me wonder why I was working so hard for no reason. At this point in my season I felt sad, slow, unmotivated, and scared that nothing was going to get better....

"Just Try It"...

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By Marc Sontowski

 

Bertram Blast Race Report - What can I say……This race was a BLAST, pun intended.

This was my second year doing it and it will surely be something I plan to repeat every year as long as it’s around....

 

"A Joy From Start to Finish"...

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By Jason Goepfert

 

Moose Lake Tri Race Report - In deference to pleas from the good folks at MN Tri News, I’ve been signing up for more races to support the local scene, especially some of the smaller races that might not have the support that larger organizations do.


One of those was the Moose Lake Tri, held this past weekend in (charming! easily accessible! welcoming!) Moose Lake. Even with construction on 35W, it only took about an hour and a half from the Cities to get there on race morning.


It was a joy from start to finish.


Race-day signup was a breeze, with friendly volunteers excited to see everyone show up. Transition was open and relaxed, with a definite local vibe. For those with higher-end equipment, there was a lot of oohs and aahs and friendly ribbing. Not a lot of those sideways competitive stares seen at larger races....

Great Choices...

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WEEKEND MINI-PREVIEWS - There are four multisport races on Minnesota soil next weekend. Five, if you count western Wisconsin's SHELL LAKE TRIATHLON, which historically draws it's share of participants from the west side  of the St. Croix River. In fact, Minnesota athletes have won three of the first five editions of the race, and placed as many in the overall top five as their cheesehead (meant affectionately!) counterparts.

The races were  are previewing in this post are Saturday's HOOT LAKE TRI and TURTLEMAN, plus Sunday's CHISAGO LAKES HALF & SPRINT.

The inaugural IGNITE SWIM RUN (at Cuyuna State Park) will also be contested on Saturday, and we hope that the event draws satisfying numbers and is a great experience for all involved. Since we don't know who's racing, nor what to expect; plus we will not be on hand to witness and report on the event, we implore participants to write race reports and send them our way, hopefully with photos. We will be happy to post those stories.

 

HOOT LAKE TRIATHLON - This Fergus Falls event is about to celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary. One hundred and seventy-nine athletes finished last year's sprint course race, and the early list that we saw (registration is still open) showed that 178 had already signed up. Like race management, we would love to see more than 200 participants this year, and there is a good chance the race will get that many....

Records Tumble at Buzz VI...

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BUZZ RYAN SPRINT - Alliteratively stated, the 6th running of the Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon produced a plethora of primo performances, starting with BRANDEN SCHEELS' thunderous race record 47:13, which improved the men's mark by more than three minutes. Let's keep in mind that Buzz is a short race (500yd - 10 - 2.5).

But we shouldn't be too surprised. A glance at the young athlete's 2018 scorecard tells us that an out-of-stater (Branden is from Fargo, ND) will undoubtedly claim a spot on this year's Team MInnesota, and perhaps an award nomination or two (Most Improved?). Doing so would put him in elite company alongside fellow Prairie Rose staters Sean Cooley, Rob Gilles, Marnie Walth, Melanie Carvell and Nick Nygaard.

Check out Branden's resume thus far:

- 1st @ Chain of Lakes - CR (Significantly lowering Marcus Stromberg's mark!)

- 1st @ Perham Triathlon - Course Record ...

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