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By Tim OBrien

MTN Guys - I wrote the below comeback story for a hip replacement forum (hip runner) recently. The forum is for active people considering hip replacement or coming back from it to share information and experiences. I modified it for the local MN tri community and thought it might be useful to anyone in our local community thinking about a hip replacement or coming back from a major injury. 

Sitting in a dark room recovering from ... right eye cataract (a 20 year old engine in a 65 year old body…stuff just wears out), I wanted to provide a summary of my experience coming back to racing after a total hip replacement for anyone considering or coming back from a major surgery or recent major injury.

Background: I twist broke my leg while cross country skiing in 2011. It was during a winter training season as I was building fitness to try and qualify for the 2011 Ironman Championships in Kona. Nine years later after multiple PT sessions, doctor visits and painful runs off the bike….it was finally diagnosed that my twist break most likely resulted in a labrum tear and I now needed a New hip. So in June 2020 with all the races cancelled and no ability to run any longer, I had a right posterior total hip replacement that included a titanium post in my femur, ceramic head and a titanium socket with synthetic lining....

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Jan, Julia & Cheryl...

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - There has never been a better year for our state's female Grand Masters. More over age-55 women rocked the local, regional and national scenes than ever before. PAM STEVENS, 68, CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 56, AMY WOOLSEY, 55, TRACY SERREYN, 57, turned in stellar performances, as did MARY DEEG, 59, LISA HINES, 58, RHIANNON O'CONNOR, 65, and others. 

Those athletes performed at a very high level, but three Grand Masters raced at an even higher level. Every effort turned in by these women was national, if not world, level. Those three extraordinary athletes are our nominees for 2021 FEMALE GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR.

In alpha order, they are JAN GUENTHER, JULIA WEISBECKER and CHERYL ZITUR. Check out their hightlights:  ...

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Paychecks, Honor Badges & Mixed Bags...

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By Dani Treise

6th Place Finish at Ironman 70.3 Memphis!

Wow, so much to unload about this race! My best placing and my first paycheck as a professional athlete - which was a big goal for me - not for the actual money (barely covered the hotel for the trip), but definitely a badge of honor.

But the experience was a mixed bag. I’m still puzzling over my swim and bike performance. I couldn’t hang on to the pack in the water and ended up doing a solo effort leaving me coming out behind and in a tough spot. My hamstring acted up on the bike again and I found myself not being able to push any meaningful watts. Between that and the constant rain and slick corners, the ride wasn’t my favorite!  ...

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Kyle, Noah, Bella, Grace & Macy...

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - 2021 was a great year for Rookies, and juniors, too. We managed to narrow the teen field to five, which means that several talented athletes, e.g. CARSON DEICHMAN, 18, Mankato (1st overall at Bluff Creek , 2nd / Junior course record at Buzz Ryan), ARIANNA WERTS, 19, Rochester (AG Record @ Buffalo Olympic), NATASHA SORTLAND, 16, Mazeppa (6th - 1st Junior @ Heart Of the Lakes), CAROLINE PETERSON, 19, Northfield (2nd overall woman @ Heart of the Lakes Sprint), and especially MORGAN BELL, 18, Osseo (Top 10s / AG wins at Timberman Sprint, Chisago Sprint and Green Lake Sprint)--didn't quite make the cut. In their defense, most either didn't meet the three-race volume minimum, or their resumes included regional and National Draft Legal results that, in most cases, don't apply in MMH deliberations....

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Cami, Henry, Karl & Kurt...

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2021karly.png MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - The rescheduling of Kona has made it possible for the Minnesota Multisport Honors  (MMH) Committee to announce it's 2021 MMH nominees weeks earlier than usual. Today we kick off that process by revealing the nominees for ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. We're happy to report that 2021 has been a great year for competitive newbies.

To be eligible for ROT consideration, athletes must have turned in at least three truly noteworthy performances, ones that demonstrate that they are, or are becoming, competitive with the established elite amateurathletes in our state.

Four freshman triathletes truly distinguished themselves this season. Check out their inaugural highlights: ...

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