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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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Four Decades Strong...

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By Cathleen McGinnity

Race Report Ironman Madison 2021 - Leading up to this race I have been training for two years as I deferred this race in 2019 due to Covid. Ironman Madison would be #2 Ironman for me and #2 in Madison. When I raced in 2018 I thought i would be one and done but decided in 2019 to give it another try. I like all the training, it's hard but enjoy the process. I have trained with a great group of ladies, four of us each from a different decade. Our support crew wore shirts with our names and #4decades strong. In training we swam the Devils Lake Swim race (which was good preparation as it is two loops for the ironman distance as that was a change, one of many, for Ironman this year).  That weekend we biked the Madison course together. I even convinced one of the decade strong to swim the challenging turbulent swim this year at Pointe to LaPointe. It has been a great training season and was ready for graduation in Madison.

I arrived in Madison on Thursday to check in and settle in. its quieter on Thursday and just needed to get my head straight and away from crowds.

Race day and transition was to be different as Madison is under a mask mandate so all transition was outdoors. Friday i organized all my gear bags and just relaxed. Saturday it was a quick swim in Lake Monona and getting the legs a reminder on the bike. Check in the bike and gear early and ...

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What a Weekend!

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Photo - Karl and Kelly like each other.

The Minnesota Multisport Honors Committee has begun the process of reviewing 2021 athlete bios and determining nominations in fourteen categories. Several outstanding performances by Minnesotan at major out-of-state races last weekend have dramatically impacted those discussions. For instance, KARL NYGREN's 4th place overall amateur finish at Ironman Chattanooga in 9:20:41 was his 3rd outstanding performance of the season, thus making him eligible for Rookie of the Year consideration.

Like Nygren, JULIA WEISBECKER needed one more outstanding performance to be eligible for an MMH nomination. And like Karl, her performance at IM Chattanooga sealed the deal. By winning her AG (55-59W), she will receive serious consideration for Female Grand Master of the Year.

KYLE SWENSON, 19, continues to impress the committee. Last weekend in Malibu at Collegiate Nationals, he placed 11th overall in a stellar 1:58:44. In case you don't know, College Nationals are, on the top end, just as competitive as Age Group Nationals, thanks largely to the fact that foreign elites and US Elite Development athletes are allowed to compete. Kyle's time would have placed him 2nd overall in the Malibu Triathlon's open Olympic triathlon. A shoo-in for a Junior of the Year nomination--he won that award handily in 2019--Swenson could become the first teen in the 22-year history of the MMHs to be nominated for Triathlete of the Year.

Speaking of Triathlete of the Year nominations, JENNA HORNER cemented her nomination at Malibu with her 5th place overall finish in the ultra-competitive Collegiate Olympic competition.

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Country Tunes, Bonus Miles, 5 Stages of Grief & Gorgeous Carpet...

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By Sara Carlson

Ironman Wisconsin, Sept 12th, 2021 race report 

This was my 5th Ironman. Every build for an Ironman is so different. This one was probably the race that had me the most nervous about my bike and run. I had hoped that the old Endurance Nation mantra, “fast before far" would ring true for me, because I really didn't log the long hours on the bike that I normally do. I came into the race with some pretty solid left lateral foot pain at the base of my 5th metatarsal that had started in the spring. Plain films in July were negative for stress fracture, so I modified my training & did all of my "runs" on the elliptical from 6 weeks out until race week. Let me tell you, that was not exciting...

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