Race Coverage

Ironman Florida - Stacked Fields, Golf Ball Blisters & Chased Dreams...

 

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RACHEL ZILINSKAS - 8th place - 9:35:04 - PR

"First pro race in the books at Ironman Florida! It was a great experience lining up with such a stacked field. There was a lot I executed well but even more that I learned. I’m so excited and motivated to go on from here.
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"Thank you to everyone who cheered me on and supported me this past weekend. I really felt all the love and that’s what makes this community so special. Special shoutout to my sister for crushing her first experience as my race support, to my fellow @yoderperformance teammates on course for the encouragement and inspiration, and to Andrew and @pennltz for driving the whole way from PA to support us!" ...

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Scream Tunnels, Thankful Quads & Citgo Signs...

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ED. Katie enjoyed a breakout year on our state's tri scene this year. Her nomination for  "Most Improved" will be announced next week.

By Katie Deregnier

Boston Marathon Race Report - If you ever get a chance to do the Boston marathon, do it. It is an incredible experience that will leave you smiling for days! This year, Boston was moved from April to October with no complaint. The beautiful fall leaves, and amazing weather (65 and cloudy) made for an absolutely perfect day to run a marathon.

Boston started with a rolling start based on qualifying times. The morning is quite the process as athletes are shuffled in to buses at their designated times to drive to the town of Hopkinton where the start is located. After leaving the bus, athletes walk about a mile to the start line, and roll into the race. This made for a very laid-back atmosphere with ample time to take photos beforehand.

Since Boston is a one-way course, I met spectators at every town. Each place had it's own source of energy, from kids giving high fives, to live music, to the famous Wellesley college "scream tunnel" where hundreds of women from Wellesley college line up and scream- we could hear them a mile away! ...

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Paychecks, Honor Badges & Mixed Bags...

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By Dani Treise

6th Place Finish at Ironman 70.3 Memphis!

Wow, so much to unload about this race! My best placing and my first paycheck as a professional athlete - which was a big goal for me - not for the actual money (barely covered the hotel for the trip), but definitely a badge of honor.

But the experience was a mixed bag. I’m still puzzling over my swim and bike performance. I couldn’t hang on to the pack in the water and ended up doing a solo effort leaving me coming out behind and in a tough spot. My hamstring acted up on the bike again and I found myself not being able to push any meaningful watts. Between that and the constant rain and slick corners, the ride wasn’t my favorite!  ...

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Four Decades Strong...

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By Cathleen McGinnity

Race Report Ironman Madison 2021 - Leading up to this race I have been training for two years as I deferred this race in 2019 due to Covid. Ironman Madison would be #2 Ironman for me and #2 in Madison. When I raced in 2018 I thought i would be one and done but decided in 2019 to give it another try. I like all the training, it's hard but enjoy the process. I have trained with a great group of ladies, four of us each from a different decade. Our support crew wore shirts with our names and #4decades strong. In training we swam the Devils Lake Swim race (which was good preparation as it is two loops for the ironman distance as that was a change, one of many, for Ironman this year).  That weekend we biked the Madison course together. I even convinced one of the decade strong to swim the challenging turbulent swim this year at Pointe to LaPointe. It has been a great training season and was ready for graduation in Madison.

I arrived in Madison on Thursday to check in and settle in. its quieter on Thursday and just needed to get my head straight and away from crowds.

Race day and transition was to be different as Madison is under a mask mandate so all transition was outdoors. Friday i organized all my gear bags and just relaxed. Saturday it was a quick swim in Lake Monona and getting the legs a reminder on the bike. Check in the bike and gear early and ...

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What a Weekend!

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Photo - Karl and Kelly like each other.

The Minnesota Multisport Honors Committee has begun the process of reviewing 2021 athlete bios and determining nominations in fourteen categories. Several outstanding performances by Minnesotan at major out-of-state races last weekend have dramatically impacted those discussions. For instance, KARL NYGREN's 4th place overall amateur finish at Ironman Chattanooga in 9:20:41 was his 3rd outstanding performance of the season, thus making him eligible for Rookie of the Year consideration.

Like Nygren, JULIA WEISBECKER needed one more outstanding performance to be eligible for an MMH nomination. And like Karl, her performance at IM Chattanooga sealed the deal. By winning her AG (55-59W), she will receive serious consideration for Female Grand Master of the Year.

KYLE SWENSON, 19, continues to impress the committee. Last weekend in Malibu at Collegiate Nationals, he placed 11th overall in a stellar 1:58:44. In case you don't know, College Nationals are, on the top end, just as competitive as Age Group Nationals, thanks largely to the fact that foreign elites and US Elite Development athletes are allowed to compete. Kyle's time would have placed him 2nd overall in the Malibu Triathlon's open Olympic triathlon. A shoo-in for a Junior of the Year nomination--he won that award handily in 2019--Swenson could become the first teen in the 22-year history of the MMHs to be nominated for Triathlete of the Year.

Speaking of Triathlete of the Year nominations, JENNA HORNER cemented her nomination at Malibu with her 5th place overall finish in the ultra-competitive Collegiate Olympic competition.

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Country Tunes, Bonus Miles, 5 Stages of Grief & Gorgeous Carpet...

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By Sara Carlson

Ironman Wisconsin, Sept 12th, 2021 race report 

This was my 5th Ironman. Every build for an Ironman is so different. This one was probably the race that had me the most nervous about my bike and run. I had hoped that the old Endurance Nation mantra, “fast before far" would ring true for me, because I really didn't log the long hours on the bike that I normally do. I came into the race with some pretty solid left lateral foot pain at the base of my 5th metatarsal that had started in the spring. Plain films in July were negative for stress fracture, so I modified my training & did all of my "runs" on the elliptical from 6 weeks out until race week. Let me tell you, that was not exciting...

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