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Minnesota Medalists at 2022 Du Nationals...

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The USA TRIATHLON MULTISPORT FESTIVAL, featuring DUATHLON NATIONALS, was staged last weekend in Irving, Texas. At least four Minnesotans--see below--excelled. If we've missed anyone, please accept our apologies, and let us know how you did on MTN's Facebook page.

- ISABELLA BUENTING - 2021, 2019 Minnesota Junior of the Year; 2021 Division II All American (Athletic & Academic)

16th overall woman / 2nd 15-19W - Draft Legal Duathlon Sprint Nationals

- CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN - 3-time nominee for Master of the Year; 10 career multisport wins

49th overall woman / 2nd 55-59W - Draft Legal DuathlonSprint Nationals ...

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Out With Your Old Stuff...

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By Chris Foster (triathlete.com)

Triathlon is a sport of things. Even the most modest multisporter still needs at least goggles, a bike, a helmet, shoes, and a suit of some type—and each of those things often need other things just to keep them working. It goes without saying that we need a lot of new stuff to swim, bike, and run, and as such we generate a lot of old stuff. If only there was some type of big brother/big sister type program where we pass along our hand-me-downs to the next generation of equally sized-and-shaped triathletes. But alas, it’s not that simple.

The good news is that both independent companies and brands themselves are making it their business to help us either recycle or—better yet—upcycle our mountains of multisport stuff. Sure, it takes a little legwork, but you’ll feel good knowing that you’re not creating a landfill worth of tri gear, but rather passing along a legacy of tri to some lucky newbie. Read on for our guide. ...

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"Tasting My Breakfast Again"...

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By Jeff Gilmer

Lake Murray (SC) Triathlon Race Report - One year ago it was my return to Triathlon following Achilles surgery. It was not the traditional race, as it was only two months since I had been given permission from my surgeon to start a run/walk strategy. It was great to be back participating again, but strict parameters from my coach "On the Run, You will NOT go after anyone who passes you". It was a reality check, but also puts into perspective all the other great things about Triathlon than just competition.

Today was the first 2022 Triathlon, same race, same venue, same weather, but with a new approach. This was the first race I was given the OK to run with no walking for the entire run segment. I really didn't know what to expect and saw the competition was much stronger than last year, and of course the two top athletes in my division were strong runners.

As I was treading water waiting for the starting gun to go off, it gave me time to reflect on how much has changed in a year. I almost missed the start as I saw the athlete next to me... 

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Bring on the Smack Talk....

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By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)

My favorite part of last year’s Collins Cup was not seeing Taylor Knibb annihilate the competition on a road bike. It wasn’t Lionel Sanders’ thrilling comeback win after a mid-race bike crash. No, my favorite part of the Collins Cup was in the week leading up to the race, when world champ Jan Frodeno playfully threw a life raft into competitor Sam Long’s lane during a shakeout swim. It was hilarious, and I loved everything about it.

Smack talk is what makes the sports world go ‘round. If it wasn’t for Paula Newby-Fraser and Erin Baker’s vocal rivalry, we’d still think it was impossible for women to run the Ironman marathon without stopping. Chris “Macca” McCormack’s jawing spurred athletes like Craig “Crowie” Alexander to work harder to build a legacy that eclipsed Macca’s. Today, Sam Long and Lionel Sanders talk a big game and back it up with big performances. (They also hug it out at the finish line and make it a point to give each other kudos in post-race interviews. That’s what we do in triathlon.) ...

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May is "Waterless Triathlon" Month....

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In 1985 a race management company known as Klein & Clark produced a terrific "waterless triathlon" in Palm Springs, California. It was called "Desert Princess." As the well-promoted inaugural run-bike-run, it drew the top triathletes in the world at the time, guys like Mark Allen, the Scott's Tinley, Molina and Dave, and women like Erin Baker and Paula Newby Fraser, plus some new kids that would soon become the elite run-bike-runners. We are talking about Kenny Souza, George Pierce, Liz Downing and others....

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