Race Coverage

Girl Scout Cookies and Beard Dye...



LIFE TIME FITNESS EAGAN INDOOR TRI - DAVID LABNO did not compete at the LTF Lakeville Winter Indoor on January 20, an event he's won at least four times. But he did do the Eagan event on the 27th, and yes, he finished, thanks to his superior swim and bike splits, atop the leaderboard. However, he was joined there by BRIAN SHOEMAKER, who posted impressive splits throughout, and former collegiate runner RILEY HUFFMAN.

All three men amassed 210 points.

We scoured the web in search of interesting info on the men's co-winners, and didn't find much. We did see a cool pic of Brian Shoemaker with his Cervelo R3. He's a good looking guy who parts his hair on the left. We're not sure, but think that Dave Labno is into historical bottles and yummilicious confections from Sweet Treasures (Cakes, Cupcakes & More!) in Lakeville.

We did find some cool stuff about Riley Huffman. On at least one occasion, he dyed his beard white so he would look like Santa (photo). He's a Wisconsinonian, thus he likes the Packers better than the Vikes. He is also into "guy" humor, you know, movies starring Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Zach Galifianakis, and TV shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy...

Laughter & Exercise....


Hi MTN Guys!

Glad we got in touch with each other. This was the 3rd Indoor Tri that I put on at Chanhassen and each time it gets a little better. I really enjoy seeing people give Triathlon a go. My favorite sales pitch to get people registered is "you can walk the swim!"

I emailed a few people to ask them for a blurb about their experience. I was hoping to get something from Julie Ewasiuk (2nd place masters) and Emily Williams (1st place open) as they're members of my Tri TEAM class, but I guess they like to ignore their coach when he tells them to do homework. Very proud of them both. This was Emily's first tri of any kind and she'll soon be out in the real outside triathlon world. 

I also asked Jenelle (1st place masters) for a short write up, she was someone I got a chance to meet that weekend. Looks like she decided to attack the write up like she did the Tri that weekend. I've pasted it below.

There's a chance we'll do this again in March and I'll be sure to let you know. I'm trying my best to grow the Tri community out at Chanhassen and have a class specifically for Tri training that meets mornings and noon, MWF. Hoping to have a lot of fun this year. ...

Intrepid Guys. Fearless Women...



LIFE TIME FITNESS WINTER INDOOR TRIATHLON - CHANHASSEN -  Eighty-two athletes finished the Chan. Indoor on January 20. The men were led by veteran indoor triathlete KYLE MOONEY, whose previous best finish had been a 3rd at Maple Grove in 2015. His margin of victory over 2nd placer KENNETH DOWNER was six points.

Rooney appears to be an intrepid guy. Info on his FB page suggests he's done New Mexico's arduous Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, which consists of a 13-mile bike (1800 foot climb), five mile run (1200 foot climb), two mile uphill XC ski (1200 foot climb), followed by a 1-plus mile snowshoe run to the 11,301-foot summit (600 foot climb), then turn around and snowshoe, ski, run and bike down to the finish line. He may also have hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. His "Likes" include Jimmy Buffett's music and TV lampoonist Daniel Tosh.

A glance at Kenneth's FB page suggests that he's a totally intrepid guy, too. Very athletic and outdoorsy. A transplanted easterner, he owns some very solid triathlon results, especially in the long stuff.

Snoopy PJs & a Ute...


Here is mini-coverage of one the remaining two races--COON RAPIDS and CHANHASSEN--of Life Time Fitness's Winter Indoor Triathlons. Visit our calendar page to link to Life Time's Spring Indoor events, which will take place in late March and again in early April. 


COON RAPIDS - To no one's surprise, masters tri-stud / mountain bike devotee LUKE NELSON finished atop the 40-member field, posting a four-point win over CORY SWINGEN. Nelson, a true "family man" and professional firefighter bought Snoopy Christmas PJs (photo) for his whole family. Very cool!

Like Nelson, Cory is an addicted MTB guy, having done the awesome Lutsen 99er on several occasions. A music lover, one of Swingen's favorite bands is "Frightened Rabbit." We've never heard of them, so we visited their Facebook page and listened to one of their tunes ("Ahem"). It was pretty darn good!

Placing 4th overall and winning for the women at CR Indoor was ELISHA KEKACS, a former collegiate hurdler (University of Utah) who outran her gendermates by a significant margin. A dedicated summer triathlete/duathlete, Elisha gravitates toward the long stuff, i.e. half and full IMs. She has many chldren (three, we think?),  and her husband has a handsome beard. We think she has had a successful Lasik procedure and likes Hawaiian coffee....

Preteen Rocks at Life Time Lakeville...



LIFE TIME INDOOR TRIATHLONS - WINTER RACES - We have already posted capsules on the St. Louis Park and Plymouth events. There were three other tris staged at various clubs that day (January 20), as well. Here's some stuff about the Lakeville event:


LAKEVILLE - Sixty athletes completed the tripartite event, with JOHN DREW outswimming and running the men's field to claim a five point victory over runner-up ERIC LINDQUIST, and preteen phenom CLAIRE VUKOVICS, 12 (photo), likewise relying on her swim/run prowesss to hold off her closest rival, outdoor tri-vet STEPHANIE FEAKES-YOUNG.

Drew has very solid outdoor tri creds. He cracked the Top 7 at New Bri last Summer, and nailed a Top 15 (13th) against the strongest men's field of the 2018 Minnesota outdoor season at Lake Waconia. As for Vukovics, she is a five-time junior Olympic cross country All-American. How cool is that! ...

Niska and Hamer Top 90-Member Field at LTF Plymouth...


LIFE TIME FITNESS PLYMOUTH INDOOR TRIATHLON - As with LTF's St. Louis Park event, Plymouth experienced a slight growth (90 finishers) in attendance. 2018 Plymouth bronze medalist JAMES NISKA was victorious this time around, amassing an impressive 273 points, 14 more than in 2018. His margin of victory over runner-up THOMAS PIHLSTROM was three points....

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