Race Coverage

Racing Happy....

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“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.  ...

Stop Obsessing....

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By Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.blogspot.com)

 

Ironman Wisconsin Race Report - Madison and the surrounding areas were hit with 11 to 15 inches of rain just shy of 3 weeks before race day. Multiple subsequent storms created issues with flash flooding up to 60 hours before race day. For about a week, I was like an addict checking the most updated Madison news, weather, and FB posts anywhere I could find to try to stay appraised the situation. But, my husband Mike, had encouraged me to stop obsessing and focus on controlling only what I can control. I knew he was right. I put myself on Madison news probation and felt like a new person after about two days of not getting my news fix. Logistics for this race was not my job. Getting to that start line healthy (both mentally and physically) most certainly was!..

Finding the "Joy" in the Journey...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

IRONMAN MONT-TREMBLANT RACE REPORT - I told myself a pretty shitty story last year, one that manifested into a pretty subpar season. So this year, I reframed my mindset: I *get* to this (even the hard stuff!).


And it made all the difference. I found the joy in the journey again – and that’s a bigger win than punching a ticket to the Big Island. (Though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed because I wanted to so damn bad. Mostly because there were so many friends I wanted to see!) ...

Cake Icing....

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ONE LAST TRI - What could be better than hanging out in a picturesque park alongside a beautiful lake on a sunny, sultry, late summer Sunday?

Well, hundreds of folks collected at such a location with the aforementioned conditions two days ago. The place was Ramsey County Beach on the northern shoreline of White Bear Lake. The folks were there to watch and cheer for the 350ish triathletes that were doing the final triathlon of the Minnesota season.

The mood was celebratory and the action non-stop and exciting.

Sure, the spectators were more comfortable than the hard-working athletes themselves, but like those athletes, they would need a swim or a shower later in the day. That's because temps and dew points rose steadily throughout the morning.

Still, the experience was hard to beat.

Much was on the line  for some of the athletes, especially those packing elite-level credentials. Post-season recognition was on the line for some, and most of those folks threw down great performances.

Before the race, the women's pre-race women's favorites met each other for the first time, and became instant friends. That kind of behavior defines our tri community, and it is a beautiful thing....

I Kissed Selene, Drank Magic Juice & Chatted About All Sorts of Things...

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By Erin Lahti

Ironman Wisconsin 2018, was my first Full.  In the 30 weeks of training, I tried to remind myself that I am choosing to do this incredibly difficult thing because I want to live the fullest life I can.  Race day is a reward for the months of hard training.  I know a lot of things can go wrong.  I didn't want to put too high of expectations on myself.  I just want to become an Ironman. ...

From Hypothermia to Hawaii...

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By Nick Serratore


Exactly 1 year ago today I was walking the full 26.2 miles of the marathon of my second Ironman to a disappointing 14:52:56 day and having to nurse myself (with the aid of my parents, cousin, and friend) out of hypothermia after the race... After that day, I took some time to reevaluate why I have competed in Ironman triathlons. I realized it was mostly because I loved the people I meet and compete with. The triathlon community is like a family that you can only want to be a part of and racing in an Ironman gives you an almost instantaneous bond with anyone you meet that has also completed such a rigorous race. However, I didn't need to continue racing Ironman distance races to obtain that anymore. I'd completed two and experienced both a great day in 2016 and a lousy one in 2017. It was with that understanding that I realized I had my own personal desire and dream to someday race at Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and that I'd give that dream one more shot before I aged up into the 30-34 age group next year.


This year I had more fun racing. I didn't take it nearly as seriously and I tried to relax and let the day be what it was meant to be at each race. But most of all, I made new friends and enjoyed the community. I didn't post nearly the quantity of information on my own activities on Facebook as I have in the past, mostly because as far as I was concerned, this year was for me and giving my own dream one last shot....

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