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Parties, Fall Colors & Final Races...

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TRI NIGHT '17 - In case you haven't heard, the 19th annual MInnesota Multisport Awards Party will take place on November 4 at Gear West Bike and Triathlon. The event will celebrate the 2017 multisport season and the extraordinary quality of tri life here in MInnesota.

More information will be available on the MTN and Gear West Bike websites next week. 

 

RACE OFTHE YEAR - Hey, have you voted for Triathlete's Choice Race of the Year yet? If not, please do so at your earliest opportunity. Voting concludes on October 15, and the Top 5 vote-getters will be revealed on MTN on October 16. The winner will be announced at Tri Night '17 on November 4.

 

FINAL RACE - The last multisport race on Minnesota's multisport calendar is the Central Lakes Cycle / David Grotnerg  Duathlon. It happens tomorrow, September 23, at Central Lakes Cyle in Fergus Falls, and consists of a 20 mile bike ride followed by a four mile run. WEBSITE

 

BEAVER BAY FALL COLORS RUN - 

Join us for our great new event, the Beaver Bay Fall Colors Run on Saturday October 7th, and enjoy the spectacular Fall colors on the North Shore!  ....

Vote For 2017 Race of the Year...

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It's that time again!

Yup. Once again we encourage everone to vote for their favorite multisport event of the year. The Top Five Vote-Getters will be announced on this site on Tuesday, October 16 (Voting concludes on Sunday, October 15). 

Who will win the 2017 Triathletes Choice Race of the Year award?

That's up to you. If you are eligible to vote, that is.

Here are the criteria:

- Voting Eligibility - Only those Minnesota tri and/or du-athletes who raced in one or more of the events listed ...

Marathon or Ironman? Which is Harder...

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By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)

 

A team of researchers settles the debate once and for all.

 

Put an Ironman competitor and a marathoner in the same room, and it will inevitably turn into a battle of the one-ups:

“I run after a 100-mile bike ride in the heat!” the Ironman triathlete boasts.

“Shuffling doesn’t count!” the marathoner retorts. “I actually run!”

And so it goes. Though there’s really no way to quantify which race is actually harder (suffering, after all, is individual), an international team of researchers has compared the training load of the two events to see if one has more impact than the other.

“It is a study based on the typical friends’ conversation comparing ‘what’s tougher?’ says lead researcher Jonathan Esteve-Llano, “Dr. Cejuela, Dr. Cardona, Dr. Moreno-Perez [other authors of the study] and I are also professional coaches. That’s why most of our research is like this, trying to solve our daily questions, searching for our needs, with the scope of improving our training programs.”...

Getting Pissed & Stripping Wallpaper...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatife.com)

Here’s a look at what’s been up this summer. Well, mostly what’s been up since IRONMAN Canada. Because we all know that peak training doesn’t leave much time for anything besides swim bike run eat recover sleep repeat, right?

Feeling

Better and more settled. Not gonna lie, the post-race blues were legit. More so than after any other race. I cried a LOT – and then looked at the 35-39F AG race results and got pissed. I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever feel good about IRONMAN Canada – and that’s ok – but rather than dwell on it, I’m choosing to look at it as an opportunity. An opportunity to really recover physically andmentally (five IMs in two years… yikes), to strengthen + sharpen my mental game (lots of books to read!), replenish the well, to swim bike run when I feel like it, and to focus on things outside of triathlon. Five weeks out, I’m feeling immensely lighter and better – and am hungry for redemption. This journey isn’t over yet!  ...

RBM's "Gift to You"...

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By Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com)

 

Iconic.       Legendary.         Epic.        World’s Best.        Bucket List.        Triathlon Mecca.                                          
 
The above adjectives largely contributed to the intrigue that landed me in the beautiful Bavarian countryside of Roth, Germany for the full distance Challenge Roth race on July 9th, 2017. Historical race photographs well captured the crowd blanketed energy, picturesque villages and countryside, and the scope of the enthusiasm among pro athletes, age groupers and spectators alike. Within this quaint German rural town—a village of 24,000 residents—two hundred thousand dedicated course spectators halted all life responsibilities to invite athletes into their homes and show up on bridges, hills, villages, to rally alongside the athletes. Perhaps more staggering were the 7000 (!) volunteers—young and old—who would line the notoriously fast course to lend a hand to the day’s success. Imagining crowds lined five deep up Solar Hill—Tour de France style—while bashing long green and red noise making balloons together had this athlete’s blood pumping well before the gun would bang.
My mind had been exclusively training on this course for the previous 6 months and had been in my heart for a year in the making. During the 2016 race, from my computer screen, I witnessed exceptional, thorough, non-gender biased live race coverage.  Strict drafting penalties and the manner in which Challenge Family treated its professional athletes would be a new and humbling experience.  It was a clear observation even from across the Atlantic, that Challenge Family took incredible pride in this race. That alone excited me....

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