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"...A Tug of War With My Mind."...

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By Shyanne McGregor

IRONMAN FLORIDA RACE REPORT - It’s been a little over a week since my second Ironman. I did Ironman Florida in 2019 and finished 4th overall and 1st in my age group qualifying me for the World Championship in Kona. That day went pretty smooth. Ironman Florida 2020 did’t turn out the way I had hoped but there was a lot of good things that happened that day and good that came out of what went wrong....

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Shyanne and AJ!

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - The MOST IMPROVED honors are traditionally bestowed on the male and female athlete who overtake established elite athletes on TEAM MINNESOTA. If, for instance, an athlete was ranked 9th in 2018, then jumped to, say, 5th in 2019, that person would likely garner a MI nomination, and perhaps even the honor....

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Diane and Kevin Are Masters of the Year!

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MINScreen_Shot_2020-11-15_at_11.33.35_AM.pngNESOTA MASTERS OF THE YEAR - DIANE HANKEE, 43, and KEVIN O'CONNOR, 49, have been named this year's MASTERS OF THE YEAR, honors they have earned eight times between them.

Diane was once again a slam dunk selection, while Kevin faced serious competition from Marshfield, Wisconsin's PATRICK ALLAIRE, 42.

Hankee raced thrice in 2020, winning each times. Her victory at Green Lake Olympic was arguably the female Masters Performance of the Year. Her competition was first-time nominee SARAH HUNTER, 46, who raced often (4 times) with solid results, especially in her final two races, which were in northen Iowa. That she was outraced by fellow 40-plussers in both of her Minnesota appearances further cleared the path for Hankee....

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Tim & Lisa are GMOY Honorees...

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2020 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - On the surface, the battle for male GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR looked like a tight one. Rookie nominee TIM BROWN, 62, of Blaine, and perennial nominee LUKE HARNED, 67, of Mahtomedi, raced in the same four races last season, winning their respective AGs each time.  Those events were the Graniteman triathlons, Square Lake Sprint and Fall Classic Duathlon.

A closer look at their performances, though, revealed that, according to MMH's Age Grading formula (-.5% per year of age difference after age-41), Brown was the clear winner. In all four events, Tim's margin of victory over Luke was more than 2.5%.

For instance, for Harned to match Brown's 1:16:15 at Big Lake, he'd had to throw down a 1:18:11. Luke's time was 1:19:56. The Committee therefore congratulates Tim Brown as the men's 2020 GMOY honoree....

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Macy Iyer is 2020 Female Junior of the Year!

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Photo - Macy Iyer and her mom / #1 fan Leslie)

 

2020 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Selecting the Female JUNIOR OF THE YEAR was more difficult than usual. No single girl dominated last season, as say, ARIANA WERTS  did a few years back. Ariana (19, Rochester) was nominated again this year, despite not having claimed a junior girls title in the races she did. In other words, several girls raced a high level and took turns beating each other.

2019 female JOY BELLA BUENTING (17, Chanhassen) was not in contention this year, despite her Junior Performance of the Year effort at Graniteman Big Lake, where she placed 2nd overall among the women. Big Lake was her only tri start, and athletes needed at least two outstanding performances to be considered for honors.

Other than Bella, only two girls took home one or more junior titles in 2020: MACY IYER (16, Edina) and SIMONE LUNDQUIST (18, Osseo). Both girls have been nominated before.

The competition between Macy and Simone in 2020 was fierce, and there are strong arguments for both of them. In the end, though, MACY IYER was named female JOY....

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