Randolph Keeps Winning!



The third of four YWCA INdoor Tris happened on March 10. Despite the seriously yucky driving conditions, nearly 100 athletes participated.

Grabbing our attention was the performance of KAITLIN RANDOLPH in the long course event. A relative newcomer to swim-bike-run, the cat-loving Kaitlin, who has a really big knife (photo), collected her third straight YWCA Indoor victory, her second at the longer distance. As in the February event, she placed 3rd overall, beaten only by a ubiquitous DANAHER, Noah to be exact (The many Danahers are regulars at the Y's INdoors), and NICHOLAS BOEHLAND, who rocked a Top 20 at One Last Tri last fall.

Noah Danaher was 3rd here in February. His clocking at the March event was 50:22, which was 1:38 faster than last time.

Back to Ms. Randolph, her time last Sunday was also faster than her time in February. We'd love to see Kaitlin on the starting line of several outdoor tris this summer. If she does, we wouldn't be surprised if she joins PAIGE SCHULZ as a Rookie of the Year nominee...

"The Solution For Not Going Crazy"...


By Andy Zabel


I don’t need to remind anyone how cold, dark and snowy February can be. I can’t fathom riding a bike in weather that freezes my nostrils and numbs my hands & feet to the point I’d rather cut them off. I can only spend so much time in my home gym, cycling on the trainer and binge watching Netflix shows....

It's Back!


We are excited to announce the return of the Gear West Duathlon – set for Sunday, June 23rd. It ought to be a warmer and hopefully drier event than from year’s past. The location at the Orono High School will remain and we’ll be keeping many of the features that made the Gear West Duathlon unique, but both the run and the bike courses will be different from before....

Doing the Loppet Winter Tri?


The Winter Triathlon National Championship will happen next Sunday, and for the fourth consecutive year, it will take place at a Twin Cities venue. If you're not familiar with the event, which is totally awesome, here's some descriptive language, courtesy of USA Triathlon: ...

Balancing Ultra-Running With Dog Care...


By Mike Ward (mikeward.cool)


I started this trip in my running gear plus my jacket, headphones in, plus a mug of coffee. I just started walking down the street. I knew I just had to start walking.

Rewind the last three months and my training plan for thru-hiking the Superior Hiking Trail has going half perfect and half totally falling apart. As it was written, every four weeks was supposed to be a “long trip” that is a thru-hike simulation, five in total. The first one was dead on. The second one was dead on. The third long trip was a bust. It was very icy. Very, very icy. I tried to take the SHT north from Jay Cooke State Park, way south on the trail, and it was impossibly icy and I pulled the plug when I was supposed to be loading up on pizza at my van. I just ate the pizza and drove off after racking 14 miles in 4 hours. The fourth long trip was just a complete bust. I just didn’t do it! Zero miles. Too hard, too cold, too snowy, I don’t know. It just didn’t materialize in the slightest bit and it kind of crushed me. I questioned the whole training program. Before this last long trip, I was two for four on arguably the most crucial component of this thru-hike training program....

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