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ED. We got this wonderful note from Tim Timmerman last weekend. Please check it out, and his new tri blog, too.


Hey MTN Guys,

So last winter I had just started training for triathlons after getting convinced to do it by some of my friends. However I didn't really do ANY of the sports. I had taken up swimming just a couple of years before, but I didn't own a bike or really do much running. But I guess that didn't stop me. So in hunting for triathlons I discovered Minnesotatrinews.com. It was a great resource for finding potential triathlons.

Then I actually started reading it. The names didn't mean anything to me, but the stories were interesting. Then as I continued to read the stories, the race recaps etc I started to learn the names. It turned out the woman I had been swimming with at the Y was none other than Elaine Nelson. I had no idea I was swimming alongside someone "famous". Ted Triese and I share a coach so I started following him. After Superiorman (I did the 41.5), I pointed out people to my wife that I knew from the website. It was fun to feel like I was hanging around with "stars." ...

Tridentity Crisis...


Let’s give ourselves permission to redefine what it means to be a triathlete .....


By Kelly O'Mara (triathlete.com)

If you run, you’re a runner. That’s all it takes: a few laps around the park a couple times each week. If you ride a bike, is something you need to call an exterminator about.
But if you…what…you’re a triathlete? If you triathlon? Our identities as triathletes are closely tied to racing. Too closely sometimes. You can swim and bike and run all you want for fun, but until you complete an actual triathlon, with a start and finish line, it’s often hard for you to consider yourself a triathlete. (And let’s not even start with the triathlon snobs who... 

Taught Not to Wait...


By Erin Lahti

I decided to take a trip by myself to Puerto Rico. I chose PR for a few reasons. It’s a tropical island, but still in America. I didn't have to worry about changing currency or different driving rules, and most of the people I talked to could speak at least a little bit of English. Also, after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017, they need our tourist money. In addition to this be a soul searching trip, I wanted to get some ocean water swimming experience. An ocean water Triathlon is on my bucket list.

I flew into San Juan, rented a car, and drove 85 miles, across the entire island to a town called Aquadilla. It’s much less touristy on this side of the island. I rented an adorable little Airbnb right on the beach. My first morning, I drove a few miles to Crash Boat Beach. I was there by 7am and there were only a few people on the entire beach. I was at the end of the little pier, talking myself into doing my first ocean water swim, when a man walked up. He was wearing an Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico hat. As he approached, I immediately said hello and confirmed that he was a triathlete. He introduced himself as Edwin and he had just done his first 70.3 last week in San Juan. I asked him if he planned on swimming here today. He was there to meet others for a swim. He invited me to join them. Are you kidding me? Is this actually happening? What are the odds that with in a couple hours of my first day of my trip, I would accentually meet other triathletes to swim with? ...

Bike Swap!

Bike_Swap_Digital.jpgGear West Road & Triathlon Bike Swap
Saturday, April 27
10am – 3pm

Find a great bargain

The Gear West Road & Triathlon Bike Swap offers a great way to buy used bicycles and gear at an affordable price. Our Bike Swap provides a consignment-style, one-day sale of road and triathlon bikes and related accessories. Come peruse the inventory and find yourself a new set of wheels to use for your next triathlon, for recreation, transportation, health, or just plain fun!

We will also have our older bike inventory, rental wetsuits and vendor samples marked down with exceptional price reductions...

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.”  ...

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