Race Coverage

Beware of the Pool and the Bike...


By Jason Erdahl


It’s 1:20a and my heart is too full to sleep.

My body is battered but not broken. Today I am an Ironman.

On June 3rd at mile 90 or so of the FANS 24 hour race I broke my foot and my mind reeled with thoughts of a lost year. I sat through the FANS awards ceremony in shock, fighting back the tears (unsuccessfully) for my lost year while everyone was congratulating me on my “finish” and all I wanted to do was scream at them that the only “finish” was for my year. No running. No companionship that comes with running. No fitness. A return of the 100 pounds that I worked so hard to lose. I was completely shattered. I left the awards ceremony early so I could put my “brave face” away.

When the MRI confirmed what I feared, I put on that brave face on as the kind nurse secured the boot on my foot and the doctor talked about the next 6-8 weeks. I thought about how bravely my friends had faced their running injuries and desperately searched for something I could do.

A great friend loaned me a run buoy so I could run in the pool and I reached my absolute lowest point: it hurt to do this, and the doc warned if it hurt, I couldn’t do it. Even this one simple thing was beyond me. Out of frustration I went to lane 1 and started swimming laps. Oh, if I only knew then what this simple decision would bring me to....

"...It's Never Goodbye."....


By Simone Lundquist (sisterswhotriblog.com)


Sometimes I like to think that someday I’m going to have a future where my triathlon season never ends. It’s the fantasy of waking up every single morning and getting to train and continue to compete as my job, but for right now it’s still a dream in the making. Every year I have to say, “See you later,” to a sport that I really love and something that brings me so much joy which seems to get harder every single year. All I want to do is keep improving and working harder, but it’s always nice to know that there’s another year and another season. Although it seems far away until the next competition, there is always something to work on in the off season, and there is always something that keeps you motivated throughout the year. One thing that I know for sure is that it’s never goodbye.

Triathlons basically take up my entire summer as our family tries to fit in at least 10 in a year. It’s my only focus and priority for the summer, but as the school year comes along I have to balance a start to a cross country season and an end to a triathlon season. I don’t get to have the entire focus that I usually get in the beginning of the year for my last races, but I still try to fit in time to train for them between practice and school. With the business of the school year I had not thought much about my last race going into the weekend. There was a little bit of worry in my head because I did not get as much time for biking and swimming as I would have liked, and I also did not mentally prepare like I usually get to in the summer. I also thought of these disadvantages as advantages because even though I had not biked in a while maybe that meant my legs would feel fresh, and even though I didn’t focus on the race the day before maybe that meant I wouldn’t stress as much. With everything spinning through my mind I tried not to worry or stress so I just pushed all of my thoughts aside....

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



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....


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...



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....


“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.  ...

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