Taylor's Next Chapter...


By Taylor Lundquist (sisterwhotriblog.com)


Wow it’s crazy to think it’s already September and I’ve been at college for two and a half weeks! I haven’t had the chance to sit down and reflect on the whirlwind of chaos I’m living. However, if I could sum it up into two words I’d say it’s “crazy awesome!”


I am a freshman at Black Hills State University and I am on the triathlon team. My whole life I have always competed on and for a team. I knew there was no way I could survive college without being on a team. So when the opportunity to be on BHSU’s triathlon team came up, I was ecstatic!


 I love triathlons, but the past few years it hasn’t been easy training by myself. This past summer was especially difficult working and trying to fit in training here and there. Plus, I didn’t have a team to train with. Last summer I would at least run with girls from the cross country team, but this year I no longer was on that team and training just seemed kind of empty. I think that’s why race day was always so special because we would meet up with friends, race, and celebrate afterwards....

August 2018 - Athletes of the Month...


beckyflex.pngIt makes us  sad that there is only one more month of multisport racing on the schedule. Four of the five months of Minnesota's tri/ du season are behind us, and we hope you agree that it has, once again, been exciting and enriching. We certainly hope that everyone races in September, as there are several great races ahead that deserve your support.

So, the purpose of today's post is to pay tribute to MTN's ATHLETES OF THE MONTH for August. Some categories were easy to deterimine; others, not so much.

Let's get to it.

- MALE TRIATHLETE OF THE MONTH - (Duh!) - WADE CRUSER, 31, Sauk Rapids (photo L)

Wade won FIVE triathlons in August, making him, we believe, the first Minnesota male to do so. So you know, SUZIE FOX racked up five Ws in June back in 2015.Three of Wade's victories established new course records, and his win at Maple Grove Olympic should receive serious consideration for a Performance of the Year nomination.

We'd like to say that other Minnesota men were part of the AOM  discussion, but we can't. Cruser rocked out at a level that his regional peers simply couln't match....

Team Andres...



By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)

Training, work, family. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, says this triathlete, teacher, and mother of five.

When 41-year-old Michelle Andres races, she show up with an entourage: Team Andres – made up of Lee, her husband of 22 years, and their five teenage sons, three of whom are triplets.

“Every time, my husband and boys are out there on the course cheering me on,” says Michelle, who took up triathlon when her sons were toddlers and currently holds the amateur course record at Ironman Wisconsin. “Nothing motivates me more than seeing their faces and hearing them yell, ‘Go Mom!’”...

July 2018 AOMs....



JULY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH - Which Minnesota triathletes rocked out the hardest in July? 

The competition for some of these acknowledgements was stiff in some categories, especially overall ATHLETES OF THE MONTH. There were other categories where it was hard to find an athlete that meets the basic criteria, i.e. at least TWO performances that uphold current elite performance standards. Men's MASTER OF THE MONTH and men's GRAND MASTER OF THE MONTH are examples of this. KEVIN O'CONNOR, 47, and DAVID HOLDEN, 49, for instance, each turned in one truly outstanding performance in July, KO at Chisago Sprint and Holden at Minneapolis Olympic. If they had only entered one more race....

So, here are our picks for MALE and FEMALE OVERALL JULY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH:  SEAN COOLEY, 32, St. Paul & HANNA GRINAKER, 28, St. Paul (photo L)

Sean raced three times in July, winning the prestigious Minnespolis Triathlon, then placing 2nd at Heart of the Lakes and Chisago Half. There were two HMs in the men's AOM: JORDAN ROBY, winner at Timberman and Turtleman, and KRIS SPOTH, winner at Heart of the Lakses Sprint and 2nd at Minneapolis....

Dream Follower...


“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”



By Erin Ladendorf

In breaking news, I quit my job.

After many, many years in the bar industry, I’ve decided that my passions are taking me down a different career path. 
After 16 years in a restaurant, I have spent countless hours behind the bar, made thousands of mojitos, done more clopens than I can count, forged some amazing friendships, drank gallons of Jameson, and walked away with tons of stories to tell. 

But as I reflected and thought about the moments that made me the happiest in life, I continue to come back to the health and fitness world...

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