Race Coverage

The Mother of All Races...

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By Laura Knoblach (decagirlblog.wordpress.com)

 

Swiss Deca Race Report - This March, I was peer-pressured into signing up for the race of my life by some of my very best friends: Shanda Hill and Joey Lichter. They promised that if I didn’t, I’d be sitting at home the entire month of August, wishing I were with them. They were right…

 

 

Still, it took their convincing, along with my world turning upside down, for me to finally commit to doing the Swiss Deca. 

 

For those unfamiliar with ultra triathlons, a Deca is a 10x ironman-distance race. There are two formats: the “one-per-day” and the “continuous.” In the former, an athlete races one ironman-distance triathlon per day for ten days. The later consists of a 24-mile swim, 1,120-mile bike ride, and 262-mile run with a 14 day cutoff. 

 

We all chose the later. 


While most onlookers would call it crazy, the thought of doing this race (and training for it) became my sanity. I’d spent several years working through abuse that had happened to me as a child and teenager, when a I was raped by a close friend in the fall of 2016. The experience landed me in a hospital bed in late January, as I worked through the aftermath of what had happened. ...

Toasted Legs...

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By Corey Nygaard (swimcoreyrun.blogspot.com)

 

CHATTANOOGA 70.3 WORLDS Race Report - Fourteen Months ago, my body had no idea what it was in for over the coming months. The reason that time frame was so important: that is when I qualified for Chattanooga, In July of 2016. Long time to get ready, right?!

 

Two Ironmans and two 70.3 races later, I somehow made it alive to the weekend I had lost focus on so many times. I think when a race is so far off, it can be hard to stay focused on that one goal. It was probably a good thing I had races to keep my motivation high and the work, well, hard.

I'll start off with a few short snippets of a few of my summer races, that did not really meet my expectations.

 

Racine 70.3 - I got to race with one of best friends in his first sorta half distance race. Since the swim was cancelled, for the second year in a row, it was basically a time trial. I managed a solid AG placing and Branden is off to Worlds in South Africa next year, awesome man. This run was incredibly painful as I had just started down the road of IT Band issues.  ...

Uncooperative Watches, Burgers and Beer...

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By Angela Kidd (willtrainforcreamcheesefrosting.blogspot.ca)

 

Hmmmm, where to start with the Worlds 70.3 race report? I knew last year I wanted to qualify to do this race. I love Chattanooga, I like the 70.3 distance and I like a race at the end of the summer giving me warm Minnesota weather to train in. I managed to qualify last year at Steelhead so I was able to race this year without the presure of needing to earn a qualifying spot.

 

I also decided to sign up for IM Louisville and make that my A race. I NEED to have an IM where I don't completely fall apart on the run. I NEED to have an IM experience where I feel like it reflects the work I've put in. For some reason I am unable to walk away from this sport with unfinished business at a distance I don't even like that much! If this "non-disaster" of a race brings with it other things, that's great. But that's not what I'm chasing. I am chasing a satisfying IM race result so that if I pursue being a pure runner again, I won't feel like I have unfinihsed business with swim, bike, run.

 

So given IM Louisville is my A race and it's only a month away, Ryan and I didn't do anything speciala to prepare for Chattanooga other than adding a lot more hills to my bike and run training. And this was no easy feat because while Minnesota has some hills, we don't have...

Spouses & Teens....

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ONE LAST TRI (International) - Itinerant military guy JASON TOTH relocated from Rhinebeck, New York, to Eagan last year. A decorated multisportsman, he immediately made his presence felt with a Top 10 effort at Superior Man, followed by three straight wins: Square Lake, One Last Tri  and Central Lakes Duathlon.

Toth's 2017 resume features two wins, the most recent being a successful defense at OLT last Sunday, where his margin of victory was a flabby  8:03.

Jason's wife KIERANN is also an accomplished multisporter. Her 2017 scorecard features a win at Hoot Lake, a 3rd at Superior Man 41.5 and two 2nds, one of which was at OLT Olympic, where she was runner-up to 2015 Minnesota Triathlete of the Year SUZIE FOX, whose victory was her 3rd of the season and 41st of her stellar career.

Rounding out the women's podium on Sunday was profilic racer with a perpetual smile, JEN NEUMAN, who has eleven career multisport wins to her credit.

One Last Tri Olympic celebrated its dozenth anniversay last weekend, and approximately one hundred athletes crossed the finish line.  RESULTS

 

ONE LAST TRI (Sprint) - Juniors rocked out the OLT Sprint last Sunday, taking 3rd, 4th, 7th and 10th places overall; and two of the Top 5 spots in the women's race.

Leading the way for the male teens was Cambridge's JACK HENNEN, 17, who finished 3rd overall  behind winner JON DELANEY and elite master JOHN SHELP. We were unable to dig up much stuff about Delaney, and it's possible that he is a newcomer to multisports. He's only 21 and possesses impressive running and cycling skills. We hope he races often next season.

Back to the junior boys....

Hungry For Growth...

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By Gaby Bunten

Reflection... Looking back at this season I have grown; not just as an athlete, but as a person, a coach and in confidence. 


My race at the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga may not have met my personal goals, but I proved to myself that I possess grit and gumption. 
A solid swim for myself with the challenge of swimming upstream. I struggled to get position with the leaders and keep them in sight. Typically, I like to keep control of the pace, but you roll with the punches when they're thrown! 


The bike certainly did not disappoint with its challenging climbs, ballsy descents and hairpin corners. I climbed very well and had a total blast. But with packs around me, I struggled to find consistency in my pacing and spacing between riders; landing me with my first, ever penalty. A whopping five minutes... I rallied and did my best to fight to the finish on that bike and into the run. But, I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a bit gutted. 


The run was just as challenging as the bike. I had a minimal run build up to the race from a low back niggle. So, I wasn't speedy and didn't have my usual gears on the run, but I was happy to run with zero pain and feel smooth. I worked through injury, got stronger and made it to that start line with a smile. ...

Adventure & Unpredictability...

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By Nathan Ansbaugh (nathanansbaugh.blogspot.com - September 7)

SUPERIOR MAN RACE REPORT - With Ironman Wisconsin looming two weeks down the road from Superior Man, I told myself to take it a little easy, don't over stretch, play it safe, etc... well you will see in a moment that this simply did not happen. Last year at Superior Man, I came off the bike in 3rd but had to call it quits after about 6 miles into the run due to a nagging calf injury that became a real issue for me a few miles into that run. It took almost four months after Superior Man last year for me to start to feel like I could get out for a run without worrying a ton about my calf, and that was thanks to a lot of conservative management, physical therapy, and trying to be a good patient since I am notoriously bad at this. Needless to say, last year's Superior Man race left something to be desired for me, and 2017 gave me exactly what I asked for.

 
In the weeks leading up to Superior Man, I put in several 20+ mile runs, multiple long trainer rides, and honestly as many somewhat moderate length swims as my schedule would allow, and then crammed a taper into the the 5 days leading up to Superior Man with the goal of Superior Man being the last big push "training day" before Madison. My legs felt a bit like sand bags until about 2 days before the race, but my excitement for this race in particular started to take over and all the aches and pains seemed to become a bit numb.
 
For those who haven't experienced Superior Man, this really is an epic race. Jumping off the Vista Fleet into the red waters of Lake Superior, hugging the North Shore on a fast but challenging run, and then hitting a spectator packed run along the lake shore makes for a fantastic venue. ...
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