Race Coverage

Numb Feet, Garbage Trucks & Renewed Confidence...

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By Shyanne McGregor

Hits Sarasota 2021 Race Report.
After the way IMFL ended I knew I needed to race again, to gain experience (this was my second 70.3), hopefully have a good race experience, and gain confidence. So I decided to enter Hits Sarasota. A couple of my athletes were already signed up to do the 70.3 and Olympic distances, so I thought this would be a great race to do too!

Race morning:
It was 42 degrees at the 8am start. The wind was relatively calm compared to the couple days before the race. The sun was out! It was going to be a beautiful day to race! I was a little concerned about being too cold on the bike so I brought a long sleeve shirt to wear over my kit and put my toe warmers on my bike shoes.

I quickly got my gear situated in transition, got on my wetsuit and then kept warm in the car until race time.

Swim: The swim was two laps counterclockwise in a rowing basin. Last year’s swim was a bit long at 2300 yds but they shortened it this year. I’m not sure why. Garmin devices showed different distances but averaged at about 1500 yds. We lined up on a small beach about 5 minutes before the start and went off two at a time off a doc. I was shaking and shivering as we waited for the start and couldn’t feel my feet already! ...

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Swenson Wins HITS-Sarasota Sprint...

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HITS-SARASOTA SPRINT - Duluth's SHYANNE MCGREGOR was not the only Minnesotan who rocked socks at HITS-Sarasota last weekend. While she was busy crushing the women's course record in the half IM competition, 2019 Junior of the Year, and the only male teen ever to earn a spot on Team MInnesota (2020), KYLE SWENSON, 19, was outrunning talented Iowan REECE LINDER, the man who beat a stellar group of guys at  Maple Grove Olympic in 2018, en route to a victory in the sprint race.

Third fastest out of the water in the 147-finisher event, he then out-transitioned his rivals. A strong bike split wasn't quite enough to catch Linder, who has concentrated on cyling the last two seasons, but another Kevin O-Connor-esque quick transition, followed by a 16:25 5K, the fastest run split of  the day, delivered Swenson to the finish line in 58:15, 17-seconds in front of runner-up Linder.

Kyle and Reece were the only athletes to crack the elite one-hour mark....

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Another W For McGregor....

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HITS Sarasota Half IM - 2020 Minnesota Female Triathlete of the Year. SHYANNE MCGREGOR, kicked off her 2021 tri season last Sunday with a record-setting performance at HITS-Sarasota Half Ironman. Her victorious 4:21:02 knocked more than 40 minutes off the previous women's event record, and left her closest challenger more than 20 minutes in arrears. Of 50 finishers, she placed an impressive 4th overall....

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Cool and Lucrative...

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By USA Triathlon

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — U.S. professional triathlete Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) placed second Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) 2020 Championship, held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in Florida as part of CHALLENGEDAYTONA race weekend. The event drew more than 100 of the world’s best long- and short-course professional triathletes, all racing for a share of $1.15 million — the largest prize purse in triathlon history.

In addition to the PTO 2020 Championship, CHALLENGEDAYTONA featured various race distances and formats for age-group athletes, juniors and paratriathletes on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Pro-Am Relay held Friday night under the lights at the NASCAR track....

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"...A Tug of War With My Mind."...

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By Shyanne McGregor

IRONMAN FLORIDA RACE REPORT - It’s been a little over a week since my second Ironman. I did Ironman Florida in 2019 and finished 4th overall and 1st in my age group qualifying me for the World Championship in Kona. That day went pretty smooth. Ironman Florida 2020 did’t turn out the way I had hoped but there was a lot of good things that happened that day and good that came out of what went wrong....

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Coyotes, Semis and Super Good Sandwiches...

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By Noah Billings

TRI BY KNIGHT RACE REPORT - I was interested in Tri by Knight at Wartburg College because their reschedule date, October 10, 2020,  fit perfectly between mountain bike races and looked to be a way to get one more race in before the end of season.  I liked the distance proportions.  It had a short 300 swim, a nice 15 mile bike, then a 3 mile run to finish.   

We left at 4:45 AM and drove to the college.  We almost hit a coyote. Because of Covid, there were a lot of extra rules about spectators and who could go into the fieldhouse, but they had a ton of student athlete volunteers so there were a lot of people to help.  Also, my tri friends from Rochester- Kevin Proud, Lael Daire, and Sarah Hunter- were all there so I hung with them pre-race. 

I was a little nervous for this race. My mom got covid at her work and we had to quarantine for 2 weeks and my doctor and coach said I should not train at all during that time.  I was released from quarantine and allowed to exercise 1 week before the race.  I was worried about whether I would still be fast.

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