Run Mantras & Tribal High Fives...

EK_FINGERS.pngBy Erin KLegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)


RACE REPORT - Ironman 70.3 Madison can be summed up with Hs - heat, humidity + hills. It was also really hard...but then again, it's supposed to be hard. Ad it was the perfect race to dust off the multisport cobwebs and test my fitness seven weeks out from Ironman Canada. Work to do, but overall on tack!

We kicked off the race festivities Saturday morning with a shakeout at Olin Park, followed by a brunch at Marigold Kitchen (a must when in Madison). After a quick midday run + bike, we racked out bikes and were ready to go.

Swim // 34:51  ....

"A Ginormous Confidence Boost"...


By Gaby Bunten

LIFE TIME TRI - MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON RACE REPORT - Words still can’t describe my thoughts and feelings about Lifetime Minneapolis this past Saturday! I’m still totally surprised. Personally, the outcome of this race wasn’t made by my time, place or splits. It was truly a ginormous confidence boost in my own abilities! I find it so easy to get caught up in comparing myself to other athletes, when I know deep down, that isn’t why I do this sport. Triathlon for me has become a lifestyle, a career, a hobby, a place where I have met countless lifetime friends and my better half. The sport itself has given me a competitive outlet, post-swimming career.

This year has been a journey to say the least. I began working with my coach Leanda, back in September and she has royally kicked my butt. And, I LOVE IT! I’ve had ups and downs during training periods, like every other athlete. But, I’ve really doubted my own abilities to “breakthrough” as of late. The swim is and always will be my happy place. However, my bike and run have always lagged behind. Literally, a fish out of water… But everyone can relate to a time when everything relatively just clicks! For me, that was Saturday.

Leading up the Lifetime, I was fairly distracted. Between the fourth of July, Kris’s big 3-0 and my best friend’s bridal shower ALL that week, my mind was elsewhere. In fact, I barely realized I was racing until I picked up my packet on Friday afternoon. But hey, distraction can be good for pre-race jitters, right?! It suited me well. Friday evening was filled catching up on the TDF, cooking up a mean Bolognese and my enjoying my pre-race favorite, a glass of red wine (Rosso di Montlacino to be exact). Set my alarm for 4:45 the next morning, fell sound asleep within seconds (SUPER odd for pre-race) and before I knew it, it was race morning! WHAAT?!

Swim:   ....

2017 Minnesota State Tri Championship...Updates...


HEART OF THE LAKES PREVIEW - The 32nd edition of this venerated event will happen next Sunday. (In case you didn't know, HOLT's long course race has been the "Minnesota State Triathlon Championsip" for the last twenty-three years.)

The main purpose of ths preview is to entice our state's tri community to do this race, as it is the only multisport event on the July 15-16 weekend. HOLT has always been a come early / stay late party and we'd like the 2017 version to be huge.

Lovingly produced and possessing a wonderfully prideful small town vibe, Heart of the Lakes  is not just one of our state's premier swim-bike-runs, it is one of the best in the entire Midwest. If you haven't done this event yet, please register ASAP. You're sure to be...

July 8 Racing Highlights...


Awesome Photo by - Minneapolis Tri / Athlinks.com


MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON XVI - Breakout efforts highlighted last Saturday's Minneapolis Tri at Lake Nokomis. For the women, GABY BUNTEN turned in a victorious effort that will almost surely be nominated for Performance of the Year. Her remarkable 2:08:34 was a three-minute Olympic-distance PR and the 3rd fastest amateur women's time in the fourteen year history of the race. (Gaby is undefeated in three starts this season.)

Check out the stats: 

Minneapolis Tri - Sub-2:10 women:

1. HEATHER LENDWAY - 2:06:21 (2014) - HL got her pro license in 2015

2. ALISSA DOEHLA (NC) - 2:08:07 (2016) - AD got her pro license earlier this year.

3. GABY BUNTEN - 2:08:34 (2017)

4. DANIELLE DINGMAN (MO) - 2:09:31 (2017) - DD has won TWO National Championship duathlons this year (Long Course and Standard Course), and blew the Minneapolis field away on the bike and run, but Gaby rocked a 19:33 swim and never looked back....

Cute Couples & Fast Masters....


Photo - T-Man winners / totally cute couple Jordan Roby and Christina Roberts.

TIMBERMAN XXX - On the eve of Minnesota's Premier Destination Triathlon, four-time Timberman Sprint champ TARA MAKINEN commented on the quality of the women's field that she was about to face. In effect, she said she could have her best performance ever and not finish any higher than 8th. As one who thrives on competition and self-improvement, she added that she would be totally happy with that result.

It was true. The T-Man Sprint's women's field was arguably it's deepest in the three-plus decades that the race has been in existence. In the end, though, Makinen did not finish 8th. She placed 7th, and her time was 1:06:35, making her one of an unprecedented nine women to crack 1:10. 

Leading the way for the second straight year was BETTINA KEPPERS, whose winning time was 1:04:58, a mere one second off her 2016 course record. Her margin of victory over runner-up and two time sprint winner, JODY QUESNELL, was 45 seconds. Racing as a USAT 50-year-old, Jody's time was a divisional CR.

Finishing less than one-tenth of a second behind Quesnell was Canadian athlete (and total sweetheart!) KAYLA KJELLMAN. She's a nurse in Thunder Bay and has a new boyfriend.

Also rocking a divisional record was former JOY nominee, KAYTLIN GARRISON, 19. She placed 4th overall in 1:06:05. This was her third consecutive junior title at T-Man Sprint.

The men's sprint was won for the seventh time in the last eight years by ADAM HIMES, a decordated nordic skier who does one tri a tyear. This one. Happy with his sub- 1 hour (58:36) victory, Adam was actually more pleased with the performance turned-in by his 17-year-old son, SAM, who was making his tri debut. Sam finished 6th overall (2nd junior) in 1:02:21.

Also making the podium was JOSHUA KEMP, 18, whose placed in the Top 5 here in each of the last three years, and 2017 Minnesota Junior of the Year MITCHELL CLAYTON, 20....

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