Records Tumble at TriWadena...


The 3rd annual TriWADENA, aka "No Spandex Necessary Triathlon," happened last Saturday. It was highlighted by a record turnout—34 finishers, up from 29 in 2017—and course records for both genders.

Leading the way for the women was Wadena-ian, LAURA MOONEN (photo with husband Jeremy), who became a three-time winner by covering the 220yard pool swim – 12 mile – 2 mile course in 1:01:47, which lowered her 2016 CR by twenty seconds.

Third here 2017, JENNIFER PINONIEMI from nearby Menagha, claimed the silver medal this time, her 1:03:58 was 6:02 faster than her clocking last year.

Third was earned by last year's runner-up CHELSA GOLDBERG, whose bronze medal time at her hometown race was 4:02 quicker than her silver medal effort in 2017.

Perham's MICHAEL BRASEL of Perham crushed the men's race best, his 53:20 was almost four minutes better than JEREMY MOONEN's prior CR.

We suspect that JEREMY and LAURA are related.

How Triathlon Makes a Better Mom...


By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)


In a lot of ways, being a triathlete is not that different from being a mom. Both roles are tough, unpredictable, and require calm problem-solving on the fly. Both roles foster a new appreciation for the what the human body can do. And both roles are hugely rewarding. It makes sense, then, that moms make great triathletes. As it turns out, it works the other way, too. To celebrate Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13), we asked triathlete moms about what they’ve experienced in this intersection of tri-ing and mom-ming. Their answers ranged from poignant to humorous to inspirational.

“Triathlon has been a great way for me to reconnect with my collegiate son. We have had a blast discovering tris together, including doing a half-iron together this past fall. We even got one of his younger brothers to do one with us! Driving out with him to nationals in Omaha from New Jersey will rank as one of my favorite road trips of all time, especially since he is graduating and moving farther away this summer.” – Kris Byrnes  ...

The Secret is: There's No Secret....




By Kelly O'Mara (The Salty Triathlete - triathlete.com)


Look for a new “A Brief Complaint from a Salty Triathlete” from Kelly O’Mara every month in Triathlete magazine.

There it was, right in front of my eyes: “Read Jan Frodeno’s Mental Trick That Helped Him Win Kona.” Yes, I was going to learn the secret! I’d be unstoppable! I clicked on the headline and started reading.

Turns out, Frodo tries not to think about the whole race all at once. He likes to break the day up into sections and bits that are easier to tackle mentally.

No kidding.

That’s not so much a secret or a trick, as a well-established mental race tactic packaged in trick’s clothing. And it’s one I, theoretically, already know. I already know no one should ever think about the entirety of an Ironman stretched out in front of them. I know I’m supposed to focus on one chunk at a time in a race. Yet, clearly, I’m no Jan Frodeno. What am I doing wrong?  ...

New Friendships and Self-Improvement...




By Jodelle Migely


For many, if not all of us, the sport of triathlon has in some way impacted our lives in a meaningful way.  This gratitude we feel towards the sport is the exact reason why we have created Forte Trialthon Club for kids.  This Spring/Summer, a handful of dedicated, competitive and passionate women are offering up the opportunity for boys and girls age 8-14 to start building a foundation to learn and love the sport of triathlon.  


The idea for Forte Triathlon Club for kids started on the way back to the Twin Cities after volunteering at Ironman Wisconsin last September.  Two conversations collided serendipitously.  The first, a conversation about the significance of learning to love a sport that you can do your whole life.  The second about kids and the opportunities they have to play sports today. 

With the level of competition surrounding youth sports, and limited numbers of athletes allowed onto teams, how do we keep kids active?  How do we teach them that being active is awesome and feels good?   The sport of triathlon is a place to grow, learn, challenge yourself, make new friends and demand a better version of yourself! ...

Spontaneity Can Be a Good Thing...



By Christina Roberts (from Facebook)


BERMUDA WORLD TRIATHLON RACE REPORT - Most of you know that I like a good plan and spontaneity is far from my strong suit. So when I decided on Thursday to race in a triathlon in Bermuda on Saturday, I was well out of my comfort zone (thanks Jordan Roby for the push)! I had registration...

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