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"Drip"-ping With Potential...

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By Micah Warning

Tri Clear Lake Olympic race report: I want to first say this. Thank you @triclearlake for putting on such a great race! From all the volunteers to the beautiful course it was all fantastic! Also it was a pleasure to be able to compete in a race with retired pro @tollakson6 when I first got into triathlon I’d watch his YouTube and and study up on how I could make it possible to go pro! So if you haven’t check out @dimondbikes they are LEGIT!

Next I will say this. I am proud of our athletes who competed this weekend! @dripmultisports is just getting started and I am so excited for what is to come for our team! (Big announcements coming soon!).

Now for me: I will say this, yesterday was the best I have EVER raced which is exciting because I know I still have lots of room for improvement!...

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Trinona 2024 Preview....

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Trinona Preview - The cancelation of the Buffalo Triathlon left a gaping hole in our state's tri calendar. Between now and Trinona XIV on June 9 there isn't much going on unless you decide to give a couple of small community events--Carleton Tri in Northfield on May 31, or Tri For Health on June 7--a shot.

In any case, make sure you sign up for Trinona.    

We studied the current enrollment, which already outnumbers last year's attendance, but organizers and the MTN guys would love to see a ton of additional sign-ups between now and the close of registration.

And though we expect the Olympic race's eventual frontrunners--athletes like last year's winners SEAN COOLEY and CARYN HERRICK--to be late registrannts, we are happy to see that TIMOTHY BONTRAGER is already signed up. Timothy enjoyed a breakout season in 2023 and is currently the man to beat, and he's ready to thrown down with the best in our region....

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Clayton & Warning Break Out at Clear Lake...

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Photo - Mitchell Clayton and Noah Billings

Tri Clear Lake Sprint Coverage - A few days ago we predicted that Rochester's NOAH BILLINGS would three-peat as men's champion in today's Tri Clear Lake Sprint. The two-time Minnesota Junior of the Year raced hard, beating his 2023 time, but ultimately settled for 2nd behind another former Minnesota JOY, MITCHELL CLAYTON, also of the Med City, whose 58:23 might be an amateur record here. Our research shows that only pro triathlete Wes Anderson (IA) had posted a faster time (57:47 in 2018) at Clear Lake.

The performance was arguably the finest of Clayton's multisport career and we are currently trying to talk him into filing a race report.

We also predicted that Minnesotans GRACE BUSCH (Mankato) and CHANTAL NACK (Minneapolis) would finish 1-2 in the women's Sprint competition. We're happy to report that we were almost correct. Busch, our state's Junior of the Year in 2022, rocked an amateur record 1:03:25, which was good for 4th pllace

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"My First Pro Race"...

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By Shyanne McGregor

Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 Race Report - My first pro race. Although, I qualified to get my “pro card” in both my 70.3 races last year, I struggled feeling like I really belonged there. However, I was really excited to experience all that racing on a pro level entailed, learn a ton and have fun out there. It was such a cool experience! All the women I met were so nice and so welcoming. I learned a lot, made new friends, got to catch up with old ones.

The swim: Except for Kona, I’ve never had a mass start type of swim. It was definitely an all out brawl for the first few minutes. I could feel myself getting a little panicky but I was able to take some breaths and not go there. I settled in with a group for maybe the first half and realized I could go faster. So I went ahead of them and was on my own for the last half of the swim. I learned some tactical lessons that I’ll implement next race.

My time was close to last year but this year was without the aid of a wetsuit. So probably a better swim comparatively....

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It Had that "New Race" Smell...

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Apple Multisport Festival  Coverage - New venue. New format. More options. There was a lot going on yesterday at Sartell High School, a lot of ways to celebrate movement and fitness. While runners did their thing, and time-trialers as well, duathletes and triathletes comprised the lion's share of the entrants. Apple is a 42-year-old event, with it's 41st duathlon setting the stage, and the new pool swim triathlon celebrating its first of what is hoped to be decades of birthdays.

Mild, cloudy with negligible winds, May 19 was perfect for racing and those expected to set the pace did just that. Since 500 yards of swimming should take less time than the 5K run that kicked off the...

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