Race Coverage

Glorious Day. Glorious Race...


By Christel Kippenhan (seecktri.wordpress.com)

Timberman Race Report - This was the third time racing Timberman for me, and with every year I seem to love this race more: great venue, great course, great organization, great volunteers, great people, great company … and on Saturday also great weather!

During my run warm up, I had just completed some skips, one of the volunteers looked at me and said, “Your name is Kepp…, Kipp…, Kippsomething …”
“Yep, it’s Kippenhan.”
“I knew it! I knew it’s you! … I had your Biomechanics class almost 20 years ago … I’m Trisha, I played Volleyball for BSU … I still have the binder with your class materials … Look at you, doing triathlon …”
Yes, I seem to run into former students everywhere. But, it’s a good sign that they still recognize me and even better that they still want to talk with me ;-). It is also a sign that I have been and Bemidji State already for a long, long time....

Kids Rock! And Weekend Preves...


Photo - Two Swensons--Jamie, Kristina--and a Dennison.


HEART OF THE LAKES SHORT COURSE - Juniors rocked socks at Heart of the Lakes Short Course last Sunday. Teens took the top two spots for the men, and the bottom two-thirds of the podium for the women.

We love this! It's a "future of the sport" thing.

For 15-year-old KYLE SWENSON, the brother of 2016 HOLT SC winner KRISTINA SWENSON, the last eight days have been super satisfying. At Graniteman Sprint on July 8, Kyle rocked a 4th place / 1st Junior finish. As sweet as that was, his victory at HOLT was sweeter, but certainly more stressful, as the eventual margin between himself and runner-up NATHAN BICH, 18, a tall young man with six-time HOLT winner BRIAN BICH genes in his cells, was only three seconds.

Exciting stuff!

Also exciting and cool was the fact that three of the Top 7 male finishers were fifty-genarians (4th - ANDY CLARK, 6.- TODD WHITE, 7. MARTY MORAN). 

The women's race was won by the ever-smiling JEN NEUMAN, 47. The victory, the eleventh of her tri/du career, didn't come easy, as 14-year-old rising star ISABELLA BUENTING was only thirteen seconds in arrears. Buenting was also Top Teen at Lake Minnetonka, where she placed 11th overall....

The Happiest Days of Summer...


Photo (L-R) - Maggie, Christina, Diane


HEART OF THE LAKES (Long Course) - Sometimes it's the battles within a race, duels actually, and not what is happening at the front that are most exciting. At HOLT last Sunday it was clear shortly after they had exited T2, that SEAN COOLEY and CHRISTINA ROBERTS would win the race and claim well-earned state titles.

Their leads were simply insurmountable. 

Thus, the focus shifted. Who would place 2nd and 3rd? As it turned out, the battles for these spotswere epic. Not only that, the athletes who would would claim the following two places--4th and 5th--in both the men's and women's competitions would be pleasantly surprising.

While Sean was charging on to claim his 16th win since his relocation from North Dakota to Minnesota, and Roberts was officializing the 15th tri victory of her career, and her second W in as many weeks, MAGGIE WEISS and DIANE HANKEE, and NATHAN ANSBAUGH and JOSH BLANKENHEIM were dueling over 2nd place finishes. In both battles, it was the athlete in the come-from-behind positions--Blank and Hank--that would prevail.

For Josh, it would be his third strainght runner-up performance, all of them taking place in deep races, and it avenged his 2nd at Lake Waconia, when the run distance--four miles--was not long enough for him to catch eventual winner, Ansbaugh. HOLT's run is 5.3 miles, enough to catch-and-pass....

Father/Daughter Racing...


By Mike Buenting (mikebuenting.wordpress.com - July 9)


Minneapolis Tri Race Reports - Yesterday was the 2017 edition of the MPLS Triathlon (Life Time Fitness Triathlon) it was a beautiful sunny day and racing conditions were overall pretty great! 

I had not done this race in a few years, but have a long history of doing this race. Bella raced this event last year and was excited to come back! 

My 14 soon to be 15 year old daughter Bella is the best, just love her to pieces and for us to share this passion of Triathlon together and race together is so much fun! 

Bella and I get to share a lot of quality time together training for Triathlon. This is time that no matter how busy I am I will adjust my schedule and make the time for. I don’t let my work or anything get in the way of my precious time with Bella training and racing Triathlon because these are just so amazing! They are why I live! ...

Run Mantras & Tribal High Fives...

EK_FINGERS.pngBy Erin KLegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)


RACE REPORT - Ironman 70.3 Madison can be summed up with Hs - heat, humidity + hills. It was also really hard...but then again, it's supposed to be hard. Ad it was the perfect race to dust off the multisport cobwebs and test my fitness seven weeks out from Ironman Canada. Work to do, but overall on tack!

We kicked off the race festivities Saturday morning with a shakeout at Olin Park, followed by a brunch at Marigold Kitchen (a must when in Madison). After a quick midday run + bike, we racked out bikes and were ready to go.

Swim // 34:51  ....

"A Ginormous Confidence Boost"...


By Gaby Bunten

LIFE TIME TRI - MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON RACE REPORT - Words still can’t describe my thoughts and feelings about Lifetime Minneapolis this past Saturday! I’m still totally surprised. Personally, the outcome of this race wasn’t made by my time, place or splits. It was truly a ginormous confidence boost in my own abilities! I find it so easy to get caught up in comparing myself to other athletes, when I know deep down, that isn’t why I do this sport. Triathlon for me has become a lifestyle, a career, a hobby, a place where I have met countless lifetime friends and my better half. The sport itself has given me a competitive outlet, post-swimming career.

This year has been a journey to say the least. I began working with my coach Leanda, back in September and she has royally kicked my butt. And, I LOVE IT! I’ve had ups and downs during training periods, like every other athlete. But, I’ve really doubted my own abilities to “breakthrough” as of late. The swim is and always will be my happy place. However, my bike and run have always lagged behind. Literally, a fish out of water… But everyone can relate to a time when everything relatively just clicks! For me, that was Saturday.

Leading up the Lifetime, I was fairly distracted. Between the fourth of July, Kris’s big 3-0 and my best friend’s bridal shower ALL that week, my mind was elsewhere. In fact, I barely realized I was racing until I picked up my packet on Friday afternoon. But hey, distraction can be good for pre-race jitters, right?! It suited me well. Friday evening was filled catching up on the TDF, cooking up a mean Bolognese and my enjoying my pre-race favorite, a glass of red wine (Rosso di Montlacino to be exact). Set my alarm for 4:45 the next morning, fell sound asleep within seconds (SUPER odd for pre-race) and before I knew it, it was race morning! WHAAT?!

Swim:   ....

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