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Record Turn-out at SWIM-OFF...

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By Doobie Kurus

SWIM-OFF to Summer - It was a gorgeous day for a swim, with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s/lower 90s for the 4th annual SWIM-Off to Summer open water challenge that took place on Saturday, June 3 at Shady Oak Beach. This event attracted nearly 200 participants from 7 different states, and as far away as Texas, California, and Oregon. Although people could choose from 3 triathlon inspired distances, the majority (120) opted for the 1.2 mile swim. As in past years, people were asked to self identify as a "triathlete" or a "swimmer" while registrating to help us determine who "rules the open water!" 

In the 1.2 mile distance, Christina Roberts was not only the top female, but the 3rd overall, and retained the title on behalf of Team Triathletes. She edged out (swimmers) Margaret Werba, who came in 2nd place, and Lauren Rose, of Fort Worth Texas, who came in 3rd. All 3 had sub-30 minute swim times. In the men's category, Team Swimmer, swept the podium, with Tyler Schultze, Seth Baetzold, and Zach McCarty coming in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively....

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Ditching the Tech...

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By Gloria West

Do You Race? Analytically or Intuitively

The traditional approach to triathlon training and event performance is to use a number of devices, whether it is our GPS heart rate monitor, watts, zone levels or bike power counts. 


During competition, racing thoughts, critical thoughts or too many thoughts can be too much of a distraction that actually slows us down.



Many athletes don’t recognize the valuable resource already within them. It never occurs to them there is also another option. They can tap into a different approach. Whether you call it an inner sense, gut feeling, hunch or intuition, it does not matter. Have you ever tried just going with your intuition or those gut feelings?



Hearing from one of our Chisago Lakes Triathlon participants, Ryan Richardson, made me reminisce how I used to approach the Ironman and marathons. I didn’t use these external devices as my “inner critic” would get loud if I wasn’t meeting a certain “number” on my Garmin. In fact, one of my best performances was at the 1988 Grandmas Marathon when I didn’t use a watch (that’s about all we had back then) nor did I look up at any mile markers....

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Syvertson Crushes Course Record at Tinman XXXVIII...

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38th Morris Tinman Sprint & Olympic - Alexandria's swole BRIAN STORHAUG collected his second consecutive win at Tinman Sprint on May 6. The W was, according to our records, the 8th of Brian's impressive triathlon career. His clocking--59:32--was the second fastest in event history, eclipsed ony by his 2022 time of 57:33. Our guess is that weather conditions were more accomodating last season....

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Stellar Performances at Buffalo Sprint...

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Photo - Meghan and Mark Henry. Mark placed 3rd in the men's race. Meghan took 6th in the women's.

2023 BUFFALO SPRINT COVERAGE - Race morning was warm and a tad humid, but that didn't slow things down. Indeed, yesterday's Buffalo Sprint was one of the fastest ever, as seven age group records were rewritten and several others were flirted with.

But let's start with what unfolded at the front of the race, starting with the men's competition. Pre-race favorite PRESTON YOUNGDAHL was a no-show, meaning that the men who would battle for 2nd were now battling for first. On paper those men were BRIAN STORHAUG, a two-time runn-up here, and elite master THAD INGERSOLL. Having started in an earlier wave, ...

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Say Hello to Eric! Joe's Back! Peter and Cami Rocked...

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2023 BUFFALO OLYMPIC COVERAGE - Due to an aggravated injury, race record holder TED TREISE was unable to defend his title last Sunday. He was able to cover all but the final 4.7 miles of the route before prudence dictated his plug-pulling. After the race, Ted sent us these words:  ...

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