Betting on the Buentings...


By Stephen Meyers (usatriathlon.org)


Training through the long, cold, snowy winter of Minnesota, 16 year old Bella Buenting is excited to travel south and finally ride her bike outside at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships. 

Thanks to a bet with her dad, Mike, she has a lot riding on the race, too. 

Win her age group and dad takes Bella and a best friend on a trip to California. 

“We’re always making bets like that, me and my dad,” Bella said. “I love the ocean and hanging out at the beach and walking around L.A., so that’s good motivation for sure.”  ...

Gophs Rock at College Nationals...


By Garrett Williams

This past weekend the Gophers sent twenty of their finest to Tempe, Arizona for USAT Collegiate Nationals. The weekend of racing was a huge success, with the women finishing 12th (tied for their highest ever) and the men 33rd, combining for 19th overall out of 97 of the best teams in the nation.

Racing began Friday morning with the men’s Draft Legal race. Andy Hardt and Nico Mendivil led the way for the Gophers, putting in great efforts in an ultra-competitive race. The women were next, with Mélanie Mahoney and Heather Taylor repping the maroon and gold. Both had fantastic races, with Mélanie finishing an impressive 25th. Saturday was the big day for the team, featuring both the Olympic distance race in the morning and the mixed...

Jan's Ironman Blog #1...


By Jan Guenther

March 31st

Time to start my personal journey on training for yet another IRONMAN at almost 60 years of age. My goal is to blog it, for several reasons:

To justify my spending time and money on my 7th IM (5 in Wisconsin and 2 in Hawaii) because it will cut into my work and brain energy to think about Gear West as I start jumping on the training in July and August;

I will keep more abreast of what is happening in the triathlon world (helpful for business). I have raced tri’s for a very long time, from 1983 till now. Lots of change has occurred. As I have told many who look at my ancient 1985 Hawaii IM pictures, power bars were not invented and neither were aero bars, clipless pedals, comfy bike seats,...




TEXAS 70.3 - Rochester's DANI VSETECKA continues to demonstrate that she is one of the premier amateur long distance triathletes in our hemisphere.


Yes. Today in muggy Galveston, Texas, Dani battled decorated Canadian Janine Willis for the amateur title at Texas 70.3. Now 45, but showing no signs of slowing down, Willis is a two time 70.3 AG champion and former Kona podiumer. She also managed to lower Jan Guenther's masters record at Ironman Wisconsin in 2017.

Arguably, her record in 70.3 events puts her atop of women's amateur heap in Canada...

You Know You're a Triathlete......


ED. We have posted one or two versions of "You Know You're a Triathlete When..." in the past. Here's another one. It's fun stuff. Enjoy.


1. You failed high school chemistry but you could teach a course on lactic acid.
2. While at the gym, you change clothes as fast as possible because it feels like a transition.
3. You wear your heart rate monitor during sex.
4.  You bring bottled water to a party so that you’re properly hydrated for the next morning’s long run.  Everyone else at the party also brought their own bottled water because you don’t have a social life outside of triathlon.  Everyone showed up by 7pm and left by 10pm.
5. You know you’re a triathlete when you wear your bathing suit under your work clothes to make a fast transition from work to swim on your lunch hour....

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