Race Coverage

Scheel Crushes, Woolsey Three-peats...

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ED. Rose Evavold's coverage of the last Saturday's Chain of Lakes Triathlon for Alexandria's Echo Press is terrific. Check it out:

 

By Rose Evavold (echopress.com)

 

Since that first one in 2002, Woolsey has returned to Alexandria each May to compete in the event, which serves as a kickoff to the triathlon season for many participants.


It was an important part of the competitive schedule for Branden Scheel of Fargo, who defended his men's title and in the process broke the record time for the 17th annual event.


"I felt a lot stronger this year," said Scheel, whose winning time in 2017 of 56:35 was within a minute and a half of the course record set in 2012 by Marcus Stromberg. Knowing that, he launched himself into an aggressive training schedule that he said included thousands of miles on a bike and a training trip to Arizona....

"Today Was Supposed to be My Day"....

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By Michelle Andres (teamandresjourney.blogspot.com)

 

Set backs

I hit a bump in the road or maybe I could say my train has completely left the tracks.  Temporarily. I need to hit the pause button on my training for a bit, but I’m not throwing in the towel.  We all have moments in our lives where something doesn’t go according to plan and we always have the option of giving up and giving in or we can make some adjustments and find another way.  I will find another way to get there, but I will not change my goal.


My Boston 2018

I took most of 2017 off to heal a labral tear and tears in both my hamstrings.  My left hamstring has been a problem since 2013 and I’ve rehabbed it and strengthened it, but I’ve never been able to fully not think about it while training....

Hiccup City...

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By Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.blogspot.com)

 

I didn't set a hard line in the sand for my race goals in the final weeks leading up to the Boston marathon. Especially after a few hiccups during my race build. I had to take three weeks off of training in February to recover from Influenza A and Pneumonia diagnoses simultaneously. I was so fatigued that just getting up to brush my teeth was enough to send me back to bed for a few hours to rest and recover. Everything was such a chore. I remember friends texting me and asking me how I was doing and feeling about my fitness with the race on the horizon. Honestly, I did not even care. It got me thinking so much about time and how I wanted to use my precious energy stores with the limited minutes of awake time I actually had. As I laid in bed with my eyes closed, I would not necessarily be sleeping, but certainly not able to do anything more strenuous like watch TV or read. That was too exhausting. It really got me thinking about what is important and how the short moments of awake time I did have would impact my family. ...

Racing Notes From Last Weekend...

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JOE ADRIAENS (photo L)- As usual at Texas Ironman, times were very fast, and Minnesota's runner-up for the Most Improved award in 2017, Joe Adriaens, was one of the fast guys. The 30-year-old from Elk River, now a member of Every Man Jack, arguably the most talent-rich national tri team, popped an 8:58:59 last weekend, which is almost twenty minutes better than his debut 9:18:04 at IM FLorida last Fall. Joe will blog about his experience soon, and MTN will repost.

 

VICKI OSTENDORF - Rocking an awesome Pink-like white mohawk, this 53-year-old fitness coach from St. Paul, crushed her divisional competition at the prestigious St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida, last Sunday. We wish that she would race more often, as she certainly deserves to be mentioned alongside Cheryl Zitur, Julia Weisberger, Christel Kippenhan, Tracy Serreyn et al, who are recognized as our state's "Fast and Fabulous" 50+ women. That elite group will grow significantly this season as Jody Quesnell, Ann Snuggerud and Anne Grabowski have recently aged-up.

 

CHRISTINA ROBERTS - On a whim, which is not CR's typical style, Christina made a last second decision to fly to Bermuda last weekend to compete in the ITU World Triathlon, where she placed 8th among the amateur women. Next stop for her is Escape From Alcatraz. She rocked out there in 2014, finishing 6th female amateur and winning her AG against a stellar field....

Off to a Great Start...

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By Brad Mitchell

 

The 10th Falls Duathlon was raced on Saturday. All of us at MTN hoped that this first outdoor multi of 2018 would set the tone for what we believe, starts the cyclical recovery for Minnesota mutltisport we are all hoping for and expecting....

No "Dilly Dilly"...

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By Jake Braam (Facebook)

 

“The forecast is gonna be what?” I asked.


“40 degrees, 25-35mph headwind, and heavy rain,” Nicholas responds solemnly. 


“We’re screwed.”


2 days later I found myself in the pit of misery (no dilly dilly to be had) sloshing my way through the suburbs of Boston. I went out too fast, wore too little clothing, and was drenched to my core. At about mile 22 my body went from racing to survival mode. Glad I was able to kind of hang on and make it to the finish line. Upon reaching the finish line, medical personnel took care of me because I was shaking so bad. I'm so thankful for the volunteers and staff. I'm also overwhelmed by all of the support I received from family and friends. Huge thanks to Katie Braam PaquetteZach Barrett, and Christina Roberts for flying out and spectating in the weather....

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