Race Coverage

Intrepid Guys. Fearless Women...

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LIFE TIME FITNESS WINTER INDOOR TRIATHLON - CHANHASSEN -  Eighty-two athletes finished the Chan. Indoor on January 20. The men were led by veteran indoor triathlete KYLE MOONEY, whose previous best finish had been a 3rd at Maple Grove in 2015. His margin of victory over 2nd placer KENNETH DOWNER was six points.

Rooney appears to be an intrepid guy. Info on his FB page suggests he's done New Mexico's arduous Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, which consists of a 13-mile bike (1800 foot climb), five mile run (1200 foot climb), two mile uphill XC ski (1200 foot climb), followed by a 1-plus mile snowshoe run to the 11,301-foot summit (600 foot climb), then turn around and snowshoe, ski, run and bike down to the finish line. He may also have hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. His "Likes" include Jimmy Buffett's music and TV lampoonist Daniel Tosh.

A glance at Kenneth's FB page suggests that he's a totally intrepid guy, too. Very athletic and outdoorsy. A transplanted easterner, he owns some very solid triathlon results, especially in the long stuff.

Snoopy PJs & a Ute...

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Here is mini-coverage of one the remaining two races--COON RAPIDS and CHANHASSEN--of Life Time Fitness's Winter Indoor Triathlons. Visit our calendar page to link to Life Time's Spring Indoor events, which will take place in late March and again in early April. 

 

COON RAPIDS - To no one's surprise, masters tri-stud / mountain bike devotee LUKE NELSON finished atop the 40-member field, posting a four-point win over CORY SWINGEN. Nelson, a true "family man" and professional firefighter bought Snoopy Christmas PJs (photo) for his whole family. Very cool!

Like Nelson, Cory is an addicted MTB guy, having done the awesome Lutsen 99er on several occasions. A music lover, one of Swingen's favorite bands is "Frightened Rabbit." We've never heard of them, so we visited their Facebook page and listened to one of their tunes ("Ahem"). It was pretty darn good!

Placing 4th overall and winning for the women at CR Indoor was ELISHA KEKACS, a former collegiate hurdler (University of Utah) who outran her gendermates by a significant margin. A dedicated summer triathlete/duathlete, Elisha gravitates toward the long stuff, i.e. half and full IMs. She has many chldren (three, we think?),  and her husband has a handsome beard. We think she has had a successful Lasik procedure and likes Hawaiian coffee....

Preteen Rocks at Life Time Lakeville...

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LIFE TIME INDOOR TRIATHLONS - WINTER RACES - We have already posted capsules on the St. Louis Park and Plymouth events. There were three other tris staged at various clubs that day (January 20), as well. Here's some stuff about the Lakeville event:

 

LAKEVILLE - Sixty athletes completed the tripartite event, with JOHN DREW outswimming and running the men's field to claim a five point victory over runner-up ERIC LINDQUIST, and preteen phenom CLAIRE VUKOVICS, 12 (photo), likewise relying on her swim/run prowesss to hold off her closest rival, outdoor tri-vet STEPHANIE FEAKES-YOUNG.

Drew has very solid outdoor tri creds. He cracked the Top 7 at New Bri last Summer, and nailed a Top 15 (13th) against the strongest men's field of the 2018 Minnesota outdoor season at Lake Waconia. As for Vukovics, she is a five-time junior Olympic cross country All-American. How cool is that! ...

Niska and Hamer Top 90-Member Field at LTF Plymouth...

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LIFE TIME FITNESS PLYMOUTH INDOOR TRIATHLON - As with LTF's St. Louis Park event, Plymouth experienced a slight growth (90 finishers) in attendance. 2018 Plymouth bronze medalist JAMES NISKA was victorious this time around, amassing an impressive 273 points, 14 more than in 2018. His margin of victory over runner-up THOMAS PIHLSTROM was three points....

Life Time SLP Indoor Triathlon...

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Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlons - Life Time's five winter indoor races happened last Sunday. Anxiously, we scoured the results to learn if the events are growing. The first race we looked at was St. Louis Park, which had 82 finishers, a slight increase from 2018....

Fun and Fancy Glasses....

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YWCA Indoor Tri Series #1 - The 2019 indoor tri season was launched last Sunday at the Midtown YWCA. The event boasted a record 72 finishers, 10 more than 2017 record-breaking numbers for the January event. Cool Beans.

A glance at athlinks.com revealed that a significant percentage of the entrants were avid runners with little or no outdoor triathlon experience. We'd love to see more indoor tri-ers make the transition.

We reached out to a few of the participants, asking them to comment on their experience. KAITLIN RANDOLPH (photo), overall winner of the Sprint tri (500 yd - 5 mile - 2 mile) who is a devoted cat lover, former track runner at Carleton College and a very nice person, had this to say: 

This was my first indoor tri, and I had a blast. The volunteers and other participants were incredibly supportive and welcoming, and I’ll certainly be back for more.

We asked her if she had done any prior tris: 

I did a couple student-run outdoor triathlons back in college (for Carleton and St Olaf), but none post-college. Hopefully I’ll have the courage to take that step one of these years! ...

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