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patrick/matt(Photo: Patrick Parish stalking Matt Payne at Minneman '09.)

BEST OF MINNESOTA TRIATHLONS: RUN COURSES

By Darin Wieneke

Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba! Yii-hah! Animated cartoon mouse Speedy Gonzalez would love the courses nominated for the best triathlon run course in Minnesota. Several of them are ridiculously fast throughout. The others have ridiculously fast finishing stretches. I have a feeling that Speedy Gonzalez would be impressed with the speed of the racers if he was a spectator at these races and you would likely hear him utter one of his favorite sayings, especially when Patrick Parish, Jenny Wilcox or Dan Hedgecock whistled by: Holy frijoles! That thing runs faster than me!...

Parish & Wilcox Honored...

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(Photos L- R - Jenny Wilcox was just named 2010 USAT Duathlete of the Year Honorable Mention. Patrick Parish and Cindi Bannink are HM Athletes of the Year. Runner-up for Minnesota Rookie of the Year in 2001, Cindi relocated to Madison, Wisconsin in 2003 and has been her new state's premier multisportswoman ever since.)

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Eat Clean, Brain Train, Embrace the Mundane...

cigFrom Beginner to Kona - 12 Tips I Learned From Training Solo in 2010

By jMatt Keil (Photos - L - It's a candy cigarette. The beer is real. Below L - jMatt & his BFF.)

With no experience or training, I began this sport at the Buffalo Sprint Triathlon in 2007. It seemed quite simple at the time. These were all sports I had "learned" as a kid. I often rode my Huffy Pro to school and swam out to the raft at the Crystal Creek Beach. Granted, I had never really tried these sports as an adult but I was the former captain of the 1997 St. Olaf College golf team. How hard could it really be?

Aside from the port-a-potty experience and brisk air, I felt good to go. I had no expectations other than my inner competitor telling me I got this. As the horn blasted out and my wave hit the water, I suddenly realized I was in way over my head. I used every last bit of energy to..

Fun, Buckles & Occasional Cash...

cy(Photo L by YndeCam.com, Photo below by Robb Ball.)

By Darin Wieneke

Last week I played Q & A with Devon Palmer, who like Minnesota Athlete of the Decade Cathy Yndestad, got her pro license in 2010. Now it's Cathy's turn to provide some "A"s for my "Q"s.

1. How did the 2010 triathlon season go foryou?

2010 was in interesting year for me. Initially I

Cool Local Coverage...

trinonaNOTE: When we learned that the Winona Daily News covered Trinona's winning of the 2010 Triathletes Choice Race of the Year, we thought it would be totally cool to share their words with MTN's readers.

Trinona Wins Best in State Award

By Alyssa Pedersen (WinonaDailyNews.com)

The Trinona Triathlon was recently named the 2010 Triathletes

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