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Speed and Serotonin...

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Facebook Photos L - R - Lila Tully (can you believe she's 60!), the incognito Cheryl Zitur & Gabby Keller and Gunther. These girls set some awesome records at Buffalo last Sunday.

Race Coverage Stuff - Sunday was a record-setting day. Warm, without being too hot. Breezy; enough to facilitate evaporation but not enough to slow one down. Clear and sunny; enough to lift spirits of a chronic malcontent....

Weekend Stuff...

logo* Pigman XX Notes - St. Paul's Dan Hedgecock won his third race of the year this morning at the 20th edition Pigman Sprint Triathlon. Sure, he was awesome in his victory at Gear West. And even awesomer in his record-setting effort at Apple.

Arguably, however, he turned in his awesomest performance to date at Little Pig, where he lowered the amateur course record by 28 seconds. Iowa's Patrick Davis and Circle Pines Patrick Parish, both of whom earned USAT Athlete of the Year Honorable Mentions in 2010, rounded out the men's podium. Seven-time Pigman Sprint champ Kevin O'Connor took fourth.

Former Rochesterite Joanna Hall finished 4th in the women's competition, her 1:15:39 was almost three minutes faster than her 2010 time, which landed her in 7th place. RESULTS

* Buffalo Tri Notes and other weekend stuff on the next page...

A Great-To-Be-Alive-Day in New Brighton...

gabby(Photo by Karen Dawson - 19-year-old UND student, Gabby Bunten, enjoyed a successful tri debut at New Bri. She finished 2nd in her AG. Isn't she cute!)

New Bri Tri Stuff - After an exciting womano a womano battle in which Hilary Patzer stalked and ultimately overtook Lydia Novotny, the acupuncturist/herbalist/elite Nordic skier-turned-triathlete emerged victorious this morning at the 6th annual New Bri Tri. Twas Patzer's second consecutive multi win of 2011, and her first tri triumph.

Jill Ellenbecker grabbed the final women's podium spot.

In the men's competition, the battle for first appeared to unfold in much the same way the ladies' race did. It was a mano a mano between 2009 New Bri champ, Brendon O'Flanagan, and Kris Koepp, with the...

Running to a Record...

apple startsMTN is pleased to post journalist Andy Rennecke's great coverage and Kimm Anderson's cool photos of Saturday's Apple Duathlon. This story appeared in Sunday's St. Cloud Times.)

By Andy Rennecke (sctimes.com)

SARTELL

Dan Hedgecock is Really Really Fast...

dan(SCtimes.com's Kimm Anderson photo - Dan Hedgecock winning the 29th Apple Duathlon.)

Apple Duathlon Stuff - It was one of the most seriously anti-social performances you're likely to witness, Chrissie Wellington's IM efforts notwithstanding. Leading from mat to mat, Daniel Hedgecock was clearly not interested in matching strides or pedal strokes with his elite peers at today's Apple Duathlon. A minute ahead of the field entering T1, his lead coming out of T2 had more than doubled. He arrived at the finish line with his nearest challenger, Brooks Grossinger, four minutes in arrears. In the history of this course, only four times were faster. And each of those clockings were turned in by first-tier pro David Thompson. Hedgecock's final 1:21:31 axed a full 1:34 off

Fiddlers, Gettin' Chicked & Time in the Hurt Locker...

pamBy Jeremy Sartain

Triple-T Ohio is not for the faint of heart. Three days, 4 triathlons capping off with a half IM distance. It would be an adventure for Pam Nielsen and me from the get-go.

Pam and I decided to team up for the Triple-T. You race the first 2 races on your own (a very short sprint and an Olympic the next morning) followed by draft legal racing (for teams only) the final 2 stages (a modified Olympic of bike/swim/run and a half IM). To say the course is hilly is an understatement at best. The run is off-road and climbs all the way out with 2 steep pitches. The bike courses had grades up to 22% and many a switchback both climbing and descending. Bike handling skills are a must and road bikes with at least a 25 cog on the back are highly recommended....

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