Race Coverage

Record Turnout at Chanhassen Indoor!



LIFE TIME CHANHASSEN INDOOR - The Life Time Fitness January indoor triathlons happened on the 21st. Today, we are covering the Chanhassen event. These races are uniquely scored:


Scoring Overview: The Indoor Triathlon is based on time rather than distance – meaning you receive points for going further in a specific period of time, not going faster over a fixed distance. Participants are graded on a curve. The furthest distance in each category gets the most points (actual number is based on total participants), the shortest receives 1 point, and your “score” for the discipline is based on the points you achieve. All three disciplines count equally toward your final score.


The star of the show for the Chanhassen women was ERIN LAHTI, who was also victorious here in 2017. Erin finished 3rd overall in '17, and 8th overall this time around. What needs to be noted is that last year's event had 27 finishers, wheras 89 (!) athletes competed this year.  Erin is into cool hats and headbands, and sometimes hangs out with another Erin, Erin Ladendorf (photo), who is a HOOT and has an awesome haircut.

Lahti was impressive at Minneapolis Sprint last July, cracking the women's overall Top 10....


Joining Erin on the podium's highest step was Ironman vet, PAUL KRIEGLER, who managed to outrace last year's winner, CRAIG PARKER, by a scant four points. A LTF employee, Paul is into the Foo Fighters and Cake, the Dumb and Dumber movies, and is a big fan of John L. Parker's "Once a Runner" and Christopher McDougall's incredible "Born to Run." We suspect that he disagrees with McDougall on the issue of whether a runner should wear shoes or not.

As for Parker, he is into Christmas (photo), soccer and a Madison, Wisconsin band called "Red Hot Horn Dogs," whose cover of "Werewolves of London" is pretty good.



Here are the Top 5s:


1. PAUL KRIEGLER                    355 Points

2. CRAIG PARKER (1st Master)   351

3. LOU HUGHES                       349

4. RYAN WRIGHT                      341

5. JEFFREY GUSTAFSON           338


1. ERIN LAHTI                         329

2. KATE BARNETT                    290

3. SARA SYKES                        277

4. MARYBETH MUELLER           271

5. LINDA LANGKOS (M)            256


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