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2019 Team Minnesota: Women...

 

hannabeckychristina.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS – This year's women's Team Minnesota list looks much different than in prior years. Notably absent from 2018's roster are DANI VSETECKA, ELAINE NELSON and NICOLE HEININGER, who didn't have sufficient racing volume, and SUZIE FOX, who has retired, hopefully not permanently.

Thanks in part to the return of CATHY YNDESTAD, and the emergence of talented young triathletes, like RACHEL ZILINSKAS, PAIGE SCHULZ, who did earn spots in the Top 10, and CARYN HERRICK and JENNA HORNER, who came darn close to doing so, the 2019 women's team is as formidable as ever.

Unprecedented is the fact that half of the team are masters.

Next to each name in parentheses are the athletes highest and lowest ranking. For instance, next to HANNA GRINAKER's name is (1-2), which means that at least one of the five-member Committee ranked her #1, and at least one member ranked her as low as #2. In Hanna's case, four Selectors ranked her #1, and just one ranked her in 2nd place.

Finally, athletes are supposed to be ranked by resume alone, and not by “how good” they are generally perceived to be....

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"A PERFECT Race"...

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By Ruth Brennan Morrey

2:43:41! 2020 Olympic Trial Qualifying Standard at age 44! See you in Atlanta!
Twenty years ago I ran 2:48:17 at the 2000 Olympic Trials. Today, 20 years later, I smashed my PR by 4 1/2 minutes. I don't know how I did it, but I do know a few things:


1) Today's California International Marathon was a PERFECT race. It was easy. No rough patches. Smart execution. I ran the last 5 miles at 5:55-6:10 after 21 miles of rolling hills at 6:17/mile. I cannot believe how effortless it felt. I am so thankful for a GREAT day!


2) Never lose hope in training. After Grandmas marathon, I became frustrated at the heaviness and difficult effort it took during my typical run paces. I thought it was old age. I became frustrated, but never relented. Turns out, I required patience and perseverance. I kept running, I then became peppy, energized, and invincible.


3) Focus on COURAGE. Full disclosure....I cry over courage. I am inspired by courage. I am inspired by my kids and my 12 year old soccer players who show me what courage REALLY looks like. They were my deepest lesson today. I'd imagine their examples throughout my run today, and repeat George S. Patton's quote "Courage is fear holding on for one more minute." ...

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Thrice-Honored: Patrick and Hanna...

 

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS:
Here are all of the 2019 MMH recipients. Note that next to each name are parenthese bracketing the number of 2019 honors followed by the athlete's total career honors). With three honors apiece, Patrick Parish and Hanna Grinaker were the big winners in 2019.

Twice-honored, Becky Youngberg was the other multiple winner.

Triathletes of the Year:

PATRICK PARISH (3 / 7) & HANNA GRINAKER (3 / 8)

Duathletes of the Year:

PATRICK PARISH (3 / 7) & BECKY YOUNGBERG (2 / 6)

Long Distance Athlete of the Year:

HANNA GRINAKER (3 / 8)

Junior of the Year:
KYLE SWENSON (1 / 1) & ISABELLA BENTING (1 / 1) ....

 

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St. Cloud's Ultra-Triathlete...

 

By NScreen_Shot_2019-12-10_at_8.46.29_AM.pngora G. Hertel (sctimes.com - Dec. 9)

BOULDER, Colorado — Laura Knoblach says she's "super slow" in short races.

But the St. Cloud native has world-record-breaking endurance. 

Knoblach completed the equivalent of 20 Ironman triathlons in October, back to back to back.

In the span of about 26 days Knoblach swam 48 miles, biked 2,240 and ran 534. It's called a double deca triathlon, and Knoblach won the event held in Leon, Mexico.

The 24-year-old beat the women's double deca world record by more than 9 hours. And she beat the U.S. men's record by more than 44 hours, she said....

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Grinaker and Parish Are "Triathletes of the Year!" ...

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS – Today we reveal our final honors category, arguably the most prestigious one: “2019 Triathlete of the Year.”

 

Female TOY Nominees: GABY BUNTEN, HANNA GRINAKER, CATHY YNDESTAD, BECKY YOUNGBERG

 

2019 Female Triathlete if the Year – HANNA GRINAKER

 

Hanna won all four of the multis she finished in 2019, though one of those was an aquabike, the performance standards of which are still unestablished. Two of her three triathlon efforts earned POY nominations, one of which won the honor. The non-nominated performance, her win at Ironman Canada 70.3, also received serious POY discussion.

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