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Swenson Wins HITS-Sarasota Sprint...

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HITS-SARASOTA SPRINT - Duluth's SHYANNE MCGREGOR was not the only Minnesotan who rocked socks at HITS-Sarasota last weekend. While she was busy crushing the women's course record in the half IM competition, 2019 Junior of the Year, and the only male teen ever to earn a spot on Team MInnesota (2020), KYLE SWENSON, 19, was outrunning talented Iowan REECE LINDER, the man who beat a stellar group of guys at  Maple Grove Olympic in 2018, en route to a victory in the sprint race.

Third fastest out of the water in the 147-finisher event, he then out-transitioned his rivals. A strong bike split wasn't quite enough to catch Linder, who has concentrated on cyling the last two seasons, but another Kevin O-Connor-esque quick transition, followed by a 16:25 5K, the fastest run split of  the day, delivered Swenson to the finish line in 58:15, 17-seconds in front of runner-up Linder.

Kyle and Reece were the only athletes to crack the elite one-hour mark....

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Another W For McGregor....

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HITS Sarasota Half IM - 2020 Minnesota Female Triathlete of the Year. SHYANNE MCGREGOR, kicked off her 2021 tri season last Sunday with a record-setting performance at HITS-Sarasota Half Ironman. Her victorious 4:21:02 knocked more than 40 minutes off the previous women's event record, and left her closest challenger more than 20 minutes in arrears. Of 50 finishers, she placed an impressive 4th overall....

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Dani & Brian....

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MTN recently reached out to approximately 50 of our state's most successful triathletes to see if they are as anxious as we are to get back to a normal racing season in 2021. Almost all of them responded immediately. And almost all of them are not only anxious to race again, but hope they can encourage others to get fired up for next season. Here's a few of their comments: ..

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Fueled Hunger...

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Last Monday we reached out to about fifty of our state's most accomplished triathletes. We asked them to offer some post-pandemic motivational words for Minnesota's multisport community. The goal is to get folks fired up for the 2021 season.

We immediately heard from several athletes, and chose to kick off these posts with the wise and inspiring comments of long-course stud DAN ARLANDSON, the only Minnesotan to win two Iron-distance races (Vineman and Great Floridian) in the same season.

Hi MTN, happy to share my thoughts: 

I am a fan of “Once a Runner” although the message of that book can be applied to triathlon, as well. This is one of my favorite quotes.
“You don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many day, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years.”
― John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner

The “ferocity of my ambition” has been fueled by a lost season from the following realizations:
1)      We are lucky to be able to race and train for this silly sport. Super duper lucky.
2)      This silly sport is anything but silly....

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A "Participation Boom" in 2021?

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By Barry Siff (triathlete .com)

 

Iggy Pop, an icon of 70s rock, said in Rolling Stone Magazine recently: “I know when I do come back onstage, it’s going to feel great. Imagine what kind of party we’re going to have.” The same can be said of endurance events. When we get to come back to races, it’s going to be a party!

Essentially shut down now for nine months now, mass participation events like triathlons, running, and cycling races have been postponed, canceled, or held virtually. The question is what is going to happen when they finally get to come back?—when the new normal sets in, when the vaccine takes hold, and when mass participation events get the green light again...

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