Race Coverage

Booking on Faith...

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By David Koppel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

IM Steelhead 70.3 - June 26, 2022 - Race Recap

I had a race entry that kept getting moved from 2020, due to COVID cancellations. So, I went from Ohio 70.3 (2020) to Des Moines 70.3 (2021) to Steelhead 70.3 in 2022. With the Ironman 70.3 World Championship being hosted in the US in fall of 2022, I really wanted to have a half ironman where I could try to qualify. To add to the pressure, we booked a condo in Hurricane, UT for the race I hadn't yet qualified for and my in-laws were planning to come too!

Steelhead became my “A” race for the first half of the season with the goal of winning my age group and a top 5 overall finish, which would get me a slot to the World Championship. I hadn't raced this distance since 2018, but I enjoyed the training it was by far the most regimented and consistent I've ever been with swim/bike/run in the 2 months leading up to the race.

I drove out a day early, stayed in Chicago at friend's condo, and then drove the rest of the way to Benton Harbor, Michigan on Saturday. I met Brad, my childhood friend with whom I've raced several times, at the race check-in the day before the race in St. Joseph, MI. We checked in, dropped our bikes off, did a short run, and hoped that the storms they were calling for overnight...

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Gnarly Conditions...

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Re: 34th Brewhouse Coverage:

Text & Photos - Steve Kuchera - duluthnewstribune.com

ISLAND LAKE — Nick Ellis was still smiling when he crossed the finish line for the Brewhouse Triathlon on Sunday.
Ellis, 36, of Minneapolis, was exhausted after completing his first-ever triathlon, but was proud that he had battled through some conditions that challenged everyone on the course...

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Sloshing in Sherburne County...

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GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE COVERAGE - The weather for the 2020  Big Lake Triathlon was ideal for racing; the conditions greeting the event's 2021 participants were not. Rain had made for conservative pacing.

The forecast for this year's Big Lake races (Olympic and Sprint) called for rain again, lots of it, and that's exactly what confronted the 300-plus entrants who arrived at Lakeside Park last Saturday. In fact, it, pardon the awkward metaphor, rained like a banshee and didn't let up, ironically, until almost everyone had sloshed across the finish line.

Naturally, the situation caused some attrition, but many of 231 athletes who ultimately perservered praised the event and were justifiably pleased with themselves for meeting the heightened challenge.

After a mandatory 30-minute lightning delay, the Olympic race got underway. Immediately, the men who would ultimately claim the Top Four spots broke into two groups. The first pair consisted of past champions PRESTON YOUNGDAHL, who would once again demonstrate that he is the frontrunner for 2022 Minnesota Male Triathlete of the Year, and 2020 Big Lake winner JOSH MORK, who is enthusiastically on what can be described as "the comeback trail." 

The second pair consisted were recent Turtleman Olympic winner JASON LIEBSCH, and STEVEN VOSS, who like Jason, is enjoying a very successful 2022 tri season. In their last meeting at Graniteman Clearwater, Voss outswam and outran Liebsch, but was unable to overcome the deficit created on the bike. The result at Clearwater was a 4th place finish for Jason and a 2:58 margin over 6th-placing Voss....

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"Things Are Moving in the Right Direction"...

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By Kelli Moretter-Bue

Chisago Sprint Race Report - I am 100% a triathlon nerd. I love this sport and follow it very closely.

Even more than watching it, I love participating in it: training hard, figuring out the nutrition, balancing rest and work are all part of a puzzle that I truly enjoy.

I lost that enjoyment last year. I had trained hard for Ironman CDA and was very fit for the day. Unfortunately, the heat (102!) and my hamstrings had other plans. I ended up with a DNF. Gutting. All the hard work and family sacrifice and balancing work and training for a Did Not Finish.

I then took a few weeks and decided to sign up for Ironman Madison. I didn’t want to waste my fitness and I hoped my hamstring tendons would improve. I raced a 70.3 in August last year and was absolutely miserable the entire time. My body hurt. My mind could not free itself from the misery. When I crossed the finish line I said “I’m done.”

I didn’t do Ironman Madison. In fact, I stopped working out. I needed a break, a big one....

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Bears, Bees & Bonking....

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By Peter Wikman

Chisago Lakes 70.3 Race Report - Yesterday (last Sunday actually) was my 3rd time competing in the Chisago Lakes half-ironman, and it was just as exciting and challenging as always. Transition was buzzing as people filed in to get their gear set up and catch up with friends and teammates they haven’t seen in a while. Chisago is one of the few local races that gives people prescribed transition slots, which may have accounted for some people sleeping-in a little, as there was still a sizeable check-in line with only 20 minutes to go until transition close. Once 7:00 rolled around however, everyone seemed to have figured it out as there was a beach full of people ready to face the challenges of what would turn out to be a humid and windy day.

The swim started right on time and had the usual chaos that wave swim starts do. We spent the first 700 yards into the wind, which meant extra hydration in the form of lake water. The way back however was extremely pleasant as things opened up and we were able to catch a bit of a wave back in. I came out of the water 3 spots down and feeling pretty happy about my swim overall. Transition 1 was smooth (other than the right sleeve of my brand-new wetsuit almost ripping off when I tried to take my arm out) and after about 2 min I was on my bike....

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First-Time Champions...

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CHISAGO LAKES SPRINT & OLYMPIC COVERAGE - It certainly appeared that 2021 Chisago Sprint winner DEANA JAGIELO would claim her second consecutive women's title. The pre-race favorite from Chaska was the first woman to cross the finish line. Bolstered by the fact that she already had a Sprint victory (Trinona) on her 2022 resume, it seemed logical that her Chisago win would stand up. It would take a breakout effort by any of her later-wave rivals to upset this apple cart...

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