A Plethora of Possibilities...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS – Today we are looking at possible male MASTER OF THE YEAR nominees. There are a plethora of possibilities. The committee has narrowed the field to the following 16 athletes, four or five of whom will receive official nominations.

  • DAN ARLANDSON, 41, Burnsville

1st overall @ Shell Lake

3rd overall / 1st master @ Superior Man – 4:12:59 - MR

4th overall / 1st master @ Door County Half IM

7th overall / 2nd master @ Liberty Half

  • EMMANUE DARNE, 45, Woodbury

2nd @ Superior Man 41.5 – MR

3rd / 1st master @ New Bri

6th / 2nd master @ Chisago Sprint

  • GREG DUMMER, 46, Minneapolis

2nd / 1st master @ Maple Grove Sprint

2nd / 1st master @ Big Lake Sprint...

Mental Resiliency & Shared Vulnerability...



ED. Here is an awesome article about Ruth Brennan Morrey, who we are proud to say will be the Guest Speaker at Tri Night '17 at Gear West Bike & Triathlon on November 4. Great photo by Nick Morales.


By Jay Prasuhn (triathlete.com)

As a former Olympic Trials marathon runner, Ruth Brennan Morrey is one of the quickest finishers in any pro field, with race-best run splits that earned her fourth-place finishes at Ironman Arizona last fall and at 70.3 Monterrey this spring. She’s also likely to be the most cerebral athlete on any race start list, with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. The mother of three from Rochester, Minn., understands better than anyone the mental gymnastics our minds go through in training and racing.

A critical element in triathlon is self-belief, but self-belief lies along a spectrum that needs to be continually built upon and honed—whether you’re a tri newbie, ITU Olympian or Ironman athlete.

Without fear, we would have limited courage, and without some stress and anxiety, we would have limited drive that leads us to undertake challenges that make our lives so rewarding. Understanding our own thought quality and our ability to manage emotions will ultimately impact achievement at all levels....

The Grand Masters of 2017...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Of the twenty-three athletes that have been researched in this coed category--GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR--the MMA Committee has narrowed the field to eight. The resumes of these athletes will be scrutinized, and the top 4-5 will be announced as the official GMOY nominees early next week.

Here are the aforementioned eight, and their competitive highlights:

- MIKE FLYNN, 67, Elk River

1st AG @ Oakdale Duathlon

1st AG @ Trinona Sprint

1st AG @ Heart of the Lakes

1st AG @ Maple Grove


- JAN GUENTHER, 58, Mound

- 5th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Waconia - AGR

- 7th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Minnetonka - 1st 50+

- 8th overall / 1st 50+ @ Heart of the Lakes - AGR  ....

Rising Stars...


2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS – 2017 was a great year for teens on the Minnesota multisport scene. Lots of talent. Lots of great performances. The MMA Selectors are likely to nominate five athletes, not four, in this co-ed category.

Here, in alpha order, are some of the young athletes that are being considered for JUNIOR OF THE YEAR nominations, and a highlight-or-two from their respective seasons:

  • ANDERS BROMAN, 17, Eagan (photo L) – Overall winner of the Moose Lake Triathlon.

  • ISABELLA BUENTING, 14, Chanhassen - 2nd overall woman at Heart of the Lake Sprint.

  • ALLISON CRUM, 19, Deerwood – JOY nominee in 2016 placed 3rd overall--1st Junior—at both Maple Grove Sprint and Coeur D'Alene Sprint.

  • CARTER DEICHMAN, 16, Mankato – Prolific and successful, Carter places in the overall Top 10 more often than not.

  • JACK HENNEN, 17, Cambridge – He reached the overall podium at One Last Tri Sprint, where he outraced several juniors that are also beling considered for JOY nominations.

  • MACY IYER, 13, Edina – Macy finished 2nd overall in the women's competition at Trinona Sprint....

Questioning Legs & Storefront Reflections...



By Greg Taylor

CHATTANOOGA 70.3 WORLDS Race Report - There are three categories of athletes attending a world championship. First, there are those who are there primarily to participate, celebrate, and be inspired. To take in the extravaganza of 4000 like minded souls. Second, those who are there to compete, to test themselves and their training against others in their age group and even against the professionals. Winning is unlikely but a place on the podium is perhaps within reach. Finally, there are a few, the elite, those who are there to win. A review of my training leading up to my second place finishes at USAT Nationals revealed only 9 hours per week for four months. Managing to reach 14 hours two weeks before Chattanooga brought me to the realization that with 6 months of working 50 hours per week, 9 to 10 hours per day, and no days off, due to one partner's departure, I had trained all that I could. I was clearly in the second group, competing and hoping for a podium spot. 

Expectations can be a source of great anxiety. Having few, I was relaxed. We watched part of the women's race and were fortunate to see Daniella Ryf enter and leave T2. Game face that was replaced by sheer joy of her last few hundreds yards to the finish. Inspiring! With a later start for my wave, I prepped my bike, returned to our room for 45 minutes, then returned to begin the day. ...


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