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. ...


"Aw shucks, Gosh Darnit"...



By Ted Treise (venturetri.com)

CHATTANOOGA 70.3 WORLDS Race Report - In my first triathlon at Iowa’s Best Dam Race back in 2012, I remember showing up to transition and thinking wow, there are some heavy hitters here. This guy has a carbon bike, that guy has clip onshoes, and why on God’s Earth is this woman’s helmet shaped like a she’s going to space. The same can be said about my experience at worlds. When I arrived at the site, my eyes were saucers seeing the pro men and women at the event; how they prepped for the race, putting their transition in a particular order.  It was my first race with big names at it couldn’t have been a better experience.

After Madison in June, I took a break from running after tearing some tendons in my upper glute leading up to the race. I was quite butt hurt about not running, and was out of commision until about 6 weeks before worlds thanks to dry needling at Rochester’s ActivePT . Coming back from an injury is always scary when trusting the injury, but I had some major help from Nate Dicks Sports. Like the De Vince he is, I was more than ready when it came to race day at world championships. I cannot stress enough how amazing it was to see my run transform in such a short amount of time under Nate’s guidance....

Iron-Reality Check...



By Nathan Ansbaugh (nathanansbaugh.blogspot.com - 9/26)


IRONMAN WISCONSIN Race Report - Before every Ironman I have raced, I like to read back through my race reports from prior IM events... in particular my Kona Recap 2011. While this may sound a bit self-fulfilling, its actually more the opposite. I know I need more humility heading into an Ironman that I emotionally have. The buildup before an Ironman is different than any other race, where in the sprints and olympics early season I can't wait to take that excited energy and just explode out of the gate and hammer it throughout, where as the buildup for an Ironman involves so much more and yet I really have to reign it in mentally from the get go to make sure I don't blow it. Mainly, I look back at these prior posts because I need a reminder that Ironman is REALLY REALLY hard. It is so easy to forget the feeling of emotional and physical exhaustion that sets in somewhere around 90 miles into the bike with another 22 to go and marathon to boot. Ironman triathlon is a humility check, training check, and reality check that truly puts you face to face with your fitness, your insecurities, your preparation, and your resilience... but one day after every Ironman, you start to tell yourself, "It really wasn't THAT bad." Well... it is THAT bad...

2017 Rookie of the Year Nominees...














2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the official nominees for 2017 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, and their resumes:   ....

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