Race Coverage

Krista's Triumpant Ordeal...

kristaChisago Lakes Triathlon founder/director Gloria West has received a profusion of complimentary e-mails after this year's race. She asked if one of the letters could be shared with MTN's readership. We were happy to oblige.

"Chisago Lakes 2010 was my first triathlon and I am 46 years old and not an athlete. I started training in March and at that time I could only bike 9 miles an hour, I had not swum laps since 10th grade (1978) and I could not continuously run for more than 2 minutes at a time. I had not been in a bathing suit in public in 15 years. In the last 2 years I have lost almost 100 pounds and so I thought this would be a good challenge to keep from gaining the weight back. (I'm still an Athena and almost a Clydsdale) I agreed to do the triathlon with a group of my girlfriends and my...

Successful Debut...

chaseTaggart Downare's impressive season got even impressiver today. This morning the 40-year-old tagfrom St. Cloud (photo-Taggart with his pets) recorded his first career win. The race was the 1st annual Chase the Police Triathlon in beautiful Walker, a nice little town on scary-sounding Leech Lake that has a cool yesteryearesque courthouse (photo below). (For those of you who don't know, which is almost everybody, except for residents of Walker, the 114-year old town, which was founded by Patrick McGarry, is the home of "Ah-Gwa-Ching," the first residential facility for TB patients. We're not totally sure what "Ah-Gwa-Ching" means but but we know its an Ojibwe deal. We suspect that, loosely translated, it means "place for many people who cough alot."..

Impressive Stuff...

parkSooooooo much about Sunday's Chisago Lakes Triathlon(s) was impressive, and not just basic stuff, like DKT's sub-4 hour winning time, or Patrick Parish's and Jenny Wilcox's crushings of the race records in the sprint. That's really good stuff, though.

What else was there to be impressed with then, you ask?

How about how downright maturishly Ross Weinzierl and Joanna Hall handled their misfortunes. Ross was kicking tush when he was forced to DNF. How did he handle it? With an understanding shrug of the shoulders, a big smile--which is a ubiquitous part of his extroverted signature--and the clear understanding that there will be other opportunities.

You thoroughly impressed us, Ross. (See photo on next page. Ross is the tall smiley guy on the left.)

Poor pretty Joanna. Two flats and more than a half hour of..

$100 Tree City...

hootWhat do you know about Fergus Falls, Minnesota?

Not much, huh?

We know lotsa stuff about it. It's a town. It's in Minnesota and the Hoot Lake Triathlon (photo) is there. Or somewhere near there?

What else?

Did we say mention that it's somewhere in Minnesota? And that it's a town?

Realizing that we don't know too darn much about Fergus Falls, we Googled it. Here's some totally cool historical stuff we found:

"In 1857, Wiley Cloversheets * was sent by his employer, Langford Fergus* , to locate a site for a new community. Along the way he...

You Shoulda Been There...

chisagoThe Chisago Lakes Half and Sprint was ginormous, drawing more than 1600 participants. The day was clear and and sunny relatively windless and waited until most of the half racers had de-biked before it became truly calefacient, which is a pedantic way to say "hot." The temps never out-calefaciented the competition, however. The talent pool was deep and the rivalries were almost incendiary. DKT and Madison, Wisconsin's Jackie Arendt, who is arguably the premier female amateur long distance in the U.S. right now, led the way in the half. Patrick Parish and Jenny Wilcox destroyed the sprint course records. RESULTS

To be continued...Hey click on "Read More" and check out the picture we planned to post in the event that 2009 CL-Half winner Heather Haviland had raced today. It's totally cool. She's doing bike presses. She didn't race today because she had a "thing" she had to do...

DKT Leading...

St. Paul'sdkt David Thompson currently leads the men's Race to the Toyota Cup points standings. He's raced in the first three Life Time Fitness Tri Series events, finishing 2nd at Philadelphia and New York City and taking 7th at Life Time Fitness-Minneapolis.

For more details and current Cup Standings, visit TriJuice.com LINK

Photo - DKT with female Toyota Cup Points Leader Rebeccah Wassner.

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