Race Coverage

ANOTHER BIG 70.3 WIN FOR DANI V!

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TEXAS 70.3 - Rochester's DANI VSETECKA continues to demonstrate that she is one of the premier amateur long distance triathletes in our hemisphere.

Hemisphere?

Yes. Today in muggy Galveston, Texas, Dani battled decorated Canadian Janine Willis for the amateur title at Texas 70.3. Now 45, but showing no signs of slowing down, Willis is a two time 70.3 AG champion and former Kona podiumer. She also managed to lower Jan Guenther's masters record at Ironman Wisconsin in 2017.

Arguably, her record in 70.3 events puts her atop of women's amateur heap in Canada...

Carney Wins Carney Island 140.6...

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By David Carney

 

HITS-Ocala Race Report - Triathlon is a wonderful sport.


It may very well be the most giving and influential activity I have participated in. It gives you self awareness and promotes growth in all areas of life. All your weaknesses and shortcomings are revealed and exposed during the process of training and racing. If your diet is poor, if you are not sleeping enough, if you are stressed, if you are in a unhealthy relationship, if you come in a contact with a negative person, you will know immediately. This is the awareness I need so I can make changes to ensure my spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health is good.
November 28th I signed up for Ironman Madison and I want to crush it to be honest. Shortly after I realized I need a practice run at this distance to fully understand tactics, nutrition, pacing, and gage where my fitness is at. So, I come across a 140.6 race at Carney Island Park in FL March 30th, okay game on. Seems like the perfect place and it really was. I enjoyed every minute of this event and the best part is I got to share it with my brother as he raced the sprint distance. It was his first tri so I got to support and encourage him as he lit his triathlon candle. His candle is shining and Big Sexy will be racing Chisago Lakes Sprint July 28th.


SWIM: Gun goes off at 7 sunrise was 7:18 open water start and on the countdown we all have our goggles up saying where is the buoy, too funny. It takes me longer then most to settle in for 2.4 miles and find it and today was no different. Second lap my right calf is cramping, what, why, am I in trouble, stopped for a second to try and stretch, no help started swimming and soft kick seemed to get rid of it but still freaked a bit on this. First time I used the wetsuit strippers and I loved it, why have I not used em before? Unofficial time here thinking 1:18 which means I need help on the swim and lots of room to improve here....

Phillipi Two-For-Two at SLP Indoor...

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LIFE TIME ST. LOUIS PARK INDOOR TRIATHLON #2 - VICTORIA PHILLIPPI won the January indoor at the SLP club, and she successfully defended her title in race #2 at that venue last Sunday.

In January, tri vet Kathryn Jensen was her closest rival. This time around, it was KATE BARNETT who gave Victoria a run for her money,  but it was Phillippi's swim/run combo once again that sealed the deal for her, though it shuld be said that her bike performance was not too shabby either.

FYI - Victoria was coming off a very solid 5-mile effort (17th - 31:47) at O'Gara's Irish Run two weeks prior.

As for Barnett, she capped her 2018 outdoor tri season with a 7th place finish at Hopkins Royal, which matched her 2017 performance there. ..

Dog Lovers & Flower Bikes...

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A pair of intimate indoor tris took place last Sunday. One was at the Life Time Fitness club in Plymouth, where 64 athletes went the distance. The other was the LTF club in St. Louis Park, which had 34 finishers....

Hankee Wins "The Intimidator!"...

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For more that a decade, DIANE HANKEE has been one of Minnesota's premier female multisporters. She is a former Minnesota Master of the Year and was nominated for Triathlete of the Year in 2016, the year she was ranked #2 on Team Minnesota.

 

On March 16, Diane kicked off her 2019 tri season with a big win at the Florida Challenge Half Ironman, aka "The Intimidator.". Her time was 4:52:24 on the extremely hilly course. That's right, there are some hills in the Sunshine State, and they are all in the Clermont area.

 

Not only did DH win the women's race by a chunky margin (7:27!), she placed 9th overall.

She also did this event in 2017, placing 5th (1st Master) in the women's race in 4:52 and change....

Iguanas, Bike Dancing & Saline...

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ED. Nikki's new blog is awesome!

 

By Nikki Dostert Sudberry (gingertriathlete.wordpress.com)

Ironman Puerto Rico 70.3


Swim: Swimming in Condado Lagoon is a must for any first time endurance triathlete. The warm water temperature keeps the race from being wetsuit legal but the ocean water keeps you buoyant. I felt good entering with my wave of athletes. It’s my 4th time to do this race so the familiar faces of my competition is comforting. We know that the swim is a gentle way to ease into the windy and hot bike and the notorious hilly and hot run.

Bike: This bike course is the best. Although it’s flat, the wind can give athletes a challenge. This year I got to try out my deep dish pizzas from Flo cycling and of course they didn’t disappoint. I had my training focused on watts this winter and last year averaged 137 watts on this course and this year improved with an average of 150 watts over 56 miles. Ocean...

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