Race Coverage

Old Bogie's Bar & Bikes Leaning Against Trees....

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By Jason Larson

Triple R Triathlon Race Report - Flaters resort in Holcombe, WI put on their 33rd annual Triple-R triathlon on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Due to being an early season event, the Flaters triathlon is formatted as a run-bike-paddle race, with racers starting off right at noon. The course is one large loop with a start/finish, separate T1, and still another T2.

The race starts at Flater's Resort in Holcomb, WI. The weather can be variable and this year it was 74 and sunny at the start. A little warmer than most would like but still manageable. The run is approximately 2.5 miles through both pavement and offroad trail through the woods. It ends at Old Bogie's Bar, where the bikes are mounted. This is a fairly small event, so no racks or transition zones here - bikes are all staged leaning against trees, fence posts, or just right on the ground. There aren't even any timing mats at the transitions, just one timing mat at the start/finish. This year's run took place after a couple of recent rains, so racers were navigating muddy ATV tracks on the way to their bikes.  About 100 racers total set off from the start, but that doesn't include the relay racers who were already staged at T1 and T2. 

The bike course follows sawdust road for about 11 miles (shortened this year) until racers reach River's Edge Park where the canoes or kayaks are staged. Again, this isn't a large scale event so boats are staged right on the river's edge and bikes are usually left in the grass along the riverbank or along more...

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Last Weekend Today....Updated...

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Dane Nelson Photo - Alyssa Knese throwing down a breakout performance at Apple.

APPLE & OAKDALE DUATHLONS - The pandemic's "uncertainly" effect on the multisport racing scene was STARKLY evident last weekend, as both the Apple and Oakdale duathlons experienced lower that normal participation. Still, "The Race Must Go On," and there were plenty of positive takeaways. At Apple, which celebrated it's 40th anniversary, Sartell's ANDY ZABEL collected his dozenth career W, doing so in a time that lowered his Apple PR by one second. He and former Apple amateur winner BROOKS GROSSINGER went one-two, managing to stay in front of decorated out-of staters STEPHEN ELES of Colorado and TOM WOODS of Nebraska, guys who cracked the overall Top 10 at last month's Duathlon National Championships.

Finishing 4th between Eles and Woods was 2021 Junior of the Year runner-up / current JOY frontrunner NOAH BILLINGS.  ...

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40th Anniversary Apple Du Kicks Off 2022 Multisport Season...

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ED. SC Times always posts their Apple Duathlon coverage on the afternoon of the race. That is so cool. The photo here is of men's winner Andy Zabel approaching the finish line, and setting PR in the process. Here is their coverage of yesterday's run-bike-run, the oldest du in the US:

Story & Photo By Brian Mozey  (SCTimes.com)

A cool and breezy May morning greeted competitors to the 40th Apple Duathlon on Saturday. 

Standing near the transition area was Daryl Stevens, reflecting on the history of the race. Stevens co-founded the Apple Duathlon in 1983 with Rich Schwegel as a health promotion for  St. Cloud Hospital....

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Canals, Hippie Hollows & the HTR...

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By Julie Pagano

Ironman Texas (4/24) Race Report - Like many triathlons that athletes have been training for, this race was nearly 2 years in the making. After completing Ironman Wisconsin in 2019, I targeted Texas as my next full Ironman race. Unfortunately, COVID took over the world and it was unclear when or if IMTX would be a viable option again. After registering for another race, TX popped back up and I transferred my registration as soon as I could. In late fall of 2021, training kicked into full swing to prepare for the early season race. With all my training being done inside, thanks to our cold and snowy upper Midwest winters, I attempted to create some heat acclimation and prepare myself for a warm TX race. Lots of rides and runs done with no fan and wearing sweats made for some hot training days. After a series of solid build/recovery phases, I felt ready and packed up my bike and gear to head to the land of heat and humidity…The Woodlands, TX.

Stepping off the plane in TX, the warm, humid air hit like a welcome blanket given the sub 30 degree temps we left from in Minneapolis.
 
The days leading up to the race went by quickly, I reassembled my bike, did the shake out swims,  rides and runs, met up with friends, went to check in, bought some of my favorite IM apparel, checked out the course, packed up gear bags and relaxed. Having the experience of a previous Ironman race was so beneficial. I felt very confident and calm about my preparation and plan for race day. 

In the blink of an eye, it was race morning and I was consumed by the final preparations, checking in with friends and loved ones and getting to the swim start. As the gun sounded for the AG start, I inched toward the starting coral with so much excitement, anticipation and nervous energy. ...

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Minnesota Medalists at 2022 Du Nationals...

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The USA TRIATHLON MULTISPORT FESTIVAL, featuring DUATHLON NATIONALS, was staged last weekend in Irving, Texas. At least four Minnesotans--see below--excelled. If we've missed anyone, please accept our apologies, and let us know how you did on MTN's Facebook page.

- ISABELLA BUENTING - 2021, 2019 Minnesota Junior of the Year; 2021 Division II All American (Athletic & Academic)

16th overall woman / 2nd 15-19W - Draft Legal Duathlon Sprint Nationals

- CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN - 3-time nominee for Master of the Year; 10 career multisport wins

49th overall woman / 2nd 55-59W - Draft Legal DuathlonSprint Nationals ...

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"Tasting My Breakfast Again"...

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By Jeff Gilmer

Lake Murray (SC) Triathlon Race Report - One year ago it was my return to Triathlon following Achilles surgery. It was not the traditional race, as it was only two months since I had been given permission from my surgeon to start a run/walk strategy. It was great to be back participating again, but strict parameters from my coach "On the Run, You will NOT go after anyone who passes you". It was a reality check, but also puts into perspective all the other great things about Triathlon than just competition.

Today was the first 2022 Triathlon, same race, same venue, same weather, but with a new approach. This was the first race I was given the OK to run with no walking for the entire run segment. I really didn't know what to expect and saw the competition was much stronger than last year, and of course the two top athletes in my division were strong runners.

As I was treading water waiting for the starting gun to go off, it gave me time to reflect on how much has changed in a year. I almost missed the start as I saw the athlete next to me... 

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