Race Coverage

First-Time Champions...

chisagoprerace.png ED. Between now and January 1, MTN will intersperse new contet with stories posted during the 2022 racing season. Today we return to Chisago.

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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"The Word is Gratitude"....

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Ironman 70.3 World Championship Race Recap - October 29th, 2022

By David Koppel

Some Background Context: In early August, I finished 2nd in my age group (M35-39) at USAT Olympic distance nationals. I lost to Brett Collins for the second year in a row. Brett is a nice guy, but he's taken two national championships from me and finished one spot in front of me at a 70.3 in June. It was a strong result, but I really didn't leave that weekend feeling fulfilled or motivated to train for the olympic distance. I knew it wasn't triathlon that was the issue, just that I wasn't as into the short course racing as I once was for maybe a couple reasons. 1. It's hard to find really competitive fields and big races in that distance. 2. The swim is a much bigger portion of the race, which leaves me chasing faster swimmers for the entire bike and run legs.

I had really enjoyed Steelhead 70.3 (half ironman) in late June and I did have 2 more 70.3's on the calendar in the next 2.5 months. The other thought I had that I couldn't quite shake was that I didn't know if I was getting everything I wanted out of my training to be the fastest possible triathlete on the time I had available. As in, I've coached myself for 6 years and certainly gotten faster each year, but was I getting ALL of the juice from the squeeze?! So many of my peers and guys beating me are coached athletes, and having never been coached, I started to wonder what I may be missing....

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Damon's Picks...

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The MMH Committee did not convene this season, thus there are no official Minnesota Multisport Honorees. Still, two members of that committee, Matt and Damon, studied the 2022 resumes of Minnesota triathletes and came up with their respective nominees and winners.

Today's post features Damon's picks, which are based on an athlete having at least three impressive performance  last season.  Matt's picks will post on Sunday.

Damon's unofficial Minnesota Athletes of the Year:

- TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR - PRESTON YOUNGDAHL (photo) and HEATHER LENDWAY

Male Nominees: Aj Manning, Andy Zabel

Female Nominee: Maggie Swanson

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Manning Makes History at Green Lake...

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ED. We love to post local coverage. We discovered this Green Lake Tri coverage earlier this week. 

Text and Photos by Joe Brown (wctrib.com - August 14, 2022)

SPICER β€” Andrew Manning made his mark on the Green Lake Triathlon on Sunday.

Manning β€” a 34 year old from Fargo, North Dakota β€” set a new course record in the Olympic race with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, 31 seconds. That beats the previous course record of 1:41:53 set by Marcus Stromberg in 2012....

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"The Lake Was the Only Place to Find Warmth"...

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By Tad Weiss

IRONMAN WISCONSIN RACE REPORT - The 20th edition of IRONMAN Wisconsin was held on September 11th in Madison, Wisconsin. After a nice day on Saturday for the 70.3 race, a cold front pushed through and sat over the Madison area throughout the day. Temperatures were in the mid-50s, the wind blew 15 to 25 mph throughout the day, and the rain was non-stop; 3 inches in total on the day. The voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly, said it was one of, if not the worst, conditions he’d witnessed covering 200 Ironman events!...

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Bringing Out Their Best...

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ONE LAST TRI COVERAGE - The MTN Guys love to "drop names." Put differently, we love to talk about people, especially those who set the performance standards in our region.

In most of our posts, we talk about the "ususal suspects," i.e. those that consistently race at the front, both overall and in age groups. It delights us when we have the opportunity to write about new people, those whose names we've not previously mentioned.

We get to do that here. Three of the four overall winners of last Sunday's One Last Tri are names that haven't been mentioned on this site in the past, and those athletes recorded their first career multisport victories.

Let's start with the OLT OLYMPIC, which was won by LEVI ARNEBERG and CHARLEEN STOECKEL, both of whom threw down breakout performances. Levi's previous best tri effort was his 16th at Chisago Olympic. A time comparison--yes, the distances were not identical--nevertheless demonstrated a significant improvement, especially on the bike. His final 2:13:31 gave him a narrow 27-second victory over runner-up KRISTIAN STOECKEL, another athlete we had yet to hghlight on our site. ...

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