Race Coverage

"Mom, We Did It......"

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By Ted Treise (venturetri.com)

 

Wow! This race is one I’ll remember forever. At Ironman 70.3 Augusta, I took the overall male win. After many years of training, sunny days, nights on the trainer, setbacks, and everything in between, we have done it. With this race win, in 2019 I’ll be able to qualify for my professional license in the sport of triathlon.
 
I’ve started on this journey 6 years ago and it’s hard to believe this moment has arrived but I could not be more thankful for everyone that has gotten me here today. I’ve learned things from so many people that we’d be here for a few days if I thank them all; whether that was the proper pedal stroke, hydration osmolality, journaling, enjoying the journey, proper nutrition, being present, swimming, not training until you fall apart, and many other things. It has all helped me greatly and I hope someone can learn from my trials and tribulations as I move forward on this adventure. Below you’ll find a long post regarding the play by play of the race. If you have any questions or recommendations, please reach out! I’d be pumped to hear from anyone who reads this...

Andy & Simone....

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Photo of Michael Tate courtesy of Paul Johnson Media.

 

13th FALL CLASSIC DUATHLON - It was a very chilly morning and all of the duathlon's 141 eventual finishers were dressed accordingly, all except MICHAEL TATE, that is. Clad in just his basic tri kit, Tate, who rocks a cool David Lee Roth, circa 1984 do, said after the race that he wilts in hot weather, and thrives when the conditions were like they were on Saturday, i.e. cloudy with dank temps in the mid-30s.

Michael wasn't lying. He would finish in 4th place.

The guys that would finish in front of Tate were pre-race favorite ANDY WIBERG, who would collect his 9th career multisport victory, and his second of the 2018 season in four starts, 2017 Fall Classic winner JUSTIN JONES, a former collegiate triathlete (ISU), whose time was almost a minute faster on Saturday than it was last year, and 2018 Rookie of the Year nominee THOMAS DATWYLER. ...

 

Weekend Coverage...There and Here...

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AUGUSTA 70.3 - Couples led the way in both the pro and amateur competitions this morning in toasty Georgia. Tim O'Donnell and wife Mirinda Carfrae shared the top step of the pro podium.

The amateur titles were claimed by Rochester couple TED TREISE and DANI VSETECKA. (How cool is that!)

Dani's victory, the milestone 10th of her young multisport career, came as no surprise to us, not after her performance in 2017 at Madison 70.3, and more recently at Superiorman 41.5. Her Augusta time was very impressive--4:29:28 aided somewhat by a friendly current--and her margin of victory over North Carolinia Meghan Fillnow, a sub-10-hour Ironman, was even impressiver: 6:35!

Prior to the race our fingers were crossed for Ted. We believed that a podium was possible, but wondered if he was ready to give pre-race favorite Nathan Buttrick of South Carolina, a run for his money. Buttrick's PRs at IM and 70.3 are among the best in the country for an amateur: 8:37 and 4:02.

But as we know now, Teddy not only gave him a good race, he beat him, and did so somewhat handily, thanks to a superior run split (1:21:34 with temps in the high 80s). Treise's time was a personal best 4:08:28. Buttrick clocked in at 4:11:10. ...

Racing Happy....

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“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.”
-- John Dewey

 

By Dani Vsetecka (danvsetecka.com)
 
I came across the quote above the other day, and after a long hiatus from blogging, I’ve decided to try my hand at the keyboard again and reflect on one of my favorite race experiences thus far.  I'm not sure if people really read these anymore (really, please let me know! I’d love some feedback!), but I was proud of my mindset before and during the race and I want to make sure I record what worked for future reference!
 
On Sunday, August 26th, I raced the SuperiorMan 41.5 Triathlon in Duluth, MN.  It was better than I expected and I highly recommend the race to anyone.  It had a small town feel, was extremely well organized, and scenery was breathtaking.  Personally, Duluth holds a special place in my heart. Being my mom’s hometown and home to my grandparents and extended family, I grew up visiting the city often and in terms of racing, have extremely fond memories of the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon in 2016 and my half-marathon PR.  Although the past year (I know!) has been a roller coaster of several various injuries, having the chance to race was a pure joy. Instead of the standard swim/bike/run recap, I want to share five things that worked really well for me and that I hope to take with me to every race going forward.  ...

Stop Obsessing....

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By Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.blogspot.com)

 

Ironman Wisconsin Race Report - Madison and the surrounding areas were hit with 11 to 15 inches of rain just shy of 3 weeks before race day. Multiple subsequent storms created issues with flash flooding up to 60 hours before race day. For about a week, I was like an addict checking the most updated Madison news, weather, and FB posts anywhere I could find to try to stay appraised the situation. But, my husband Mike, had encouraged me to stop obsessing and focus on controlling only what I can control. I knew he was right. I put myself on Madison news probation and felt like a new person after about two days of not getting my news fix. Logistics for this race was not my job. Getting to that start line healthy (both mentally and physically) most certainly was!..

Finding the "Joy" in the Journey...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

IRONMAN MONT-TREMBLANT RACE REPORT - I told myself a pretty shitty story last year, one that manifested into a pretty subpar season. So this year, I reframed my mindset: I *get* to this (even the hard stuff!).


And it made all the difference. I found the joy in the journey again – and that’s a bigger win than punching a ticket to the Big Island. (Though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed because I wanted to so damn bad. Mostly because there were so many friends I wanted to see!) ...

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