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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...

2018 Lake Waconia Stuff...

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LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON - The 29th edition of this annual classic will happen next Sunday, and while it has long been one of our state's most competitive triathlons, it is also one of the most fun. This means that recreational multisporters need not be intimidated. Those who have never done this event should come and see what all the fuss is about. They'll be glad they did....

All the "Feels"...

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By Nikki Dostert Sudberry

 

TRINONA - It’s 9:30 PM the night before our race. We had a big dilemma; do we get Domino’s delivered to the hotel or Ground Round?

We decided that having burgers and wraps would go better with our Coors. Ground Round it is!!

Silver Lining...

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By Marc Sontowski

 

Minnetonka Triathlon Race Report

I was incredibly stoked for this race. The start was 4 miles from where I live, the bike is in my back yard, I have ridden the route numerous times, not even realizing it was the race course. Needless to say, I could probably do the bike course blindfolded if I had faith in people driving automobiles. Not saying I would do well, but It would have just felt like a day out on the bike and fun funfun.

Anyway, show up, setup, and wait to see if the swim is a go or not. We had what some may call less than optimal race weather.I am not a fan of Du’s so when I heard the swim was a go it felt like Christmas morning. Fist pumps, cheers, and clapping by the masses when we found out they were going to let us swim. 

Waiting for our wave (30-39 male) to start, there were a few cracks of thunder, and all of us at the beach were thinking, “just let us go”. We are off and it’s into a nice rainy swim. They said there would be a chance they would pull us out of the water if the weather got bad enough, I was thinking to myself during the swim “not sure how I would know they are trying to pull me out, unless they hit me with a paddle or I ran into the boat?” ...

"It was the right call"....

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Yesterday's LAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON almost happened. But torrential rains, and persistent lightning in the immediate area, forced the mid-event cancellation. Five swim waves were launched before the devious storm, that on radar, was supposed to pass to the south of the venue, changed course. Only those in the first wave (Elite), and perhaps a few from wave #2 were able to mount up and ride out of T1 before the Powers that Be (law enforcement, race management and probably some insurance guys) decided to pull the plug.

"It was the right call," said participant/totally nice guy PETER LAWYER, 56, from Naples, Florida, adding , "I stating the obvious here."

Yes he was.

Naturally, people were bummed. The fifteen year old event is, after all, a true annual classic.

The most bummed out person there was race founder / director ROSS ROGNEY. The LMT is a true labor of love. Ross loves triathlon and capital-S sport, in general. He also adores Excelsior, his hometown, and relishes the opportunity to show it off. In case you didn't know, Ross lives in the house he grew up in....

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