Snake Swimming, True Hills & Fun With Friends...



By Katie Deregnier

Oro Valley tri: Intermediate distance 

What a fun experience at the Oro Valley triathlon! The best part was having 3 other Minnesotans and training partners there! It is so uplifting to cheer one another on throughout the race and I am so grateful for the community triathlon in Minnesota has brought me! 

 One unique part of this event is that the swim is in a 50 meter pool. The intermediate distance did a snake swim up and down each lane. The pool was to my advantage, being that my first sport was swimming.  Flip turns and wall push-offs sure do beat open water! I finished the swim just behind pro triathlete, Lara Gruden. 

The bike was a bit chilly at about 55 degrees but I'm not complaining coming from Minnesota! The 3 loop course was beautiful and felt incredible just to be outside going up and down true hills! ...

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Triumph in Tucson...



Four Minnesotans enjoyed a successful start to their 2022 racing seasons yesterday (Saturday) at the Oro Valley Intermediate Triathlon (750m-22.2-4.5) in Oro Valley, an upscale northern suburb of Tucson, Arizona.

Leading the way for the Loon State contingent was Farmington's 2021 Most Improved nominee KATIE DEREGNIER, who earned the women's amateur title by finishing behind local pro Lara Gruden, who rocked a 2nd place overall finish behind men's winner Soren Jensen. Deregnier, who according to our records, now has three career triathlon wins, finished 6th in the overall results.

Women's 3rd place / 2nd amateur went to another Minnesotam, one who also was part of the Most Improved discussion in 2021, KRISTEN HAWKINS of St. Paul. Winner of three multis in 2021, Kristen has landed a podium spot in five of her last seven races. ...

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The Future of Triathlon...



By Kelly O’Mara (triathlete.com)

This past weekend, more than 1,000 coaches, race directors, officials, athletes, and triathlon enthusiasts gathered virtually for the annual Endurance Exchange conference, hosted by USA Triathlon. While we’re all eager to return to the fun of in-person Happy Hours, the upside of the entirely virtual conference was that it was possible for there to be so many more speakers and educational resources than could fit in a conference hall—over 100 speakers and 80 hours of sessions that you can still go back and watch on-demand.

While we didn’t sit in on every session (!), there were some overall themes we were able to glean from what we did attend—trends and questions left to be answered this year and next....

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Run Faster on Race Day...


ED. Well-traveled Mike Buenting is a two-time nominee for Minnesota Master of the Year He is also a triathlon coach and a real estate guy.


By Mike Buenting (agegrouper.us)

In order to run fast on race day, one must be willing to push hard in training and run fast on those days when nobody is watching.

Most of us age groupers find joy in running. We rise up each morning, go run our miles and enjoy the outdoors or treadmill. We just run based on how we feel, which really becomes the same pace day in and day out.

But then as we progress we start to set goals, lofty goals and we aspire to be faster!

So, how do we become faster?

I know it sounds simple, but to race faster we must train at faster paces. Here are some tips – three key sessions each week – I use in coaching athletes to run faster. (I have a knack for taking the average athlete and turning them into a Boston marathon qualifier!)...

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Swenson is US Junior Triathlete of the Year!



By Kristina Swenson

As a big sister, one of the best things in the world is seeing your little brother grow up to not only be an amazing human, but an amazing athlete too.
While I may have started the Swenson family triathlon journey back in 2005, the legacy my brother has left and will continue to leave has far exceeded mine - which I couldn’t be more proud of.

With nearly 500,000 members a year, our governing body USA Triathlon has awarded Kyle Swenson one of the biggest honors of 2021 - Men’s Junior Triathlete of the Year. The Junior age group consists of male athletes age 19 and under - in this case, approximately 335 of them. This tremendous accomplishment and recognition just makes my big sister and triathlete heart burst with pride. Below is what USAT and Kyle had to say about this honor - and what humble thoughts, too.

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