Race Coverage

Word of the Day: TETRAHEDRON...

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By Doobie Kurus

The 5th annual SWIM-Off to Summer was our largest field ever with well over 200 registered and coming from all over the midwest. It was also our most competitive one to date. Just getting into the event was competitive, as it sold out back in April this year. Race day conditions were ideal, as the Friday rain storms gave way to overcast skies, similar air/water temps, and calm water. Those that stuck around afterwards enjoyed burgers and ice cream sundaes, plus lots of fun treats people brought to share. The only issue of the morning was me confusing people as I described the race course and using interjecting "tetrahedron" every other sentence as a reference to the shape of the buoys. I'll get that cleared up by next year!

In the .3 mile (sprint) distance race, Greg Breheim (6:43), Tyler Gerst (8:10), and Kyle Sweeney (9:40) came in 1, 2, and 3 respectively for the men. Linda Green (7:20), Bryce White (8:08), and Allison Brunner (10:14) came in that way for the women....

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Refocus & Adapt....

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By Bettina Keppers

Xterra North American Championship - Oak Mountain, Alabama

Air temperature: 85 F
Water temperature: 76 F
Humidity: 90%

COVID: I’ll preface this race report with this tidbit of health information. I tested positive for COVID just 9 days before the race and finally tested negative two days before. Symptoms included difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, lots of coughing,...

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Positive Takeaways ...

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By Brandon Lee

Chattanooga 70.3 race recap - I really do love racing in Chattanooga. This is my 4th race there in two years, and I’m drawn to that beautiful bike course through rolling hills, the great race support, and always stiff competition!

My lead up to this race was semi-conservative, we pulled back training volume some over the winter because it’s a Kona year and a long season! I felt fit coming into the race especially on the bike, swimming fitness is right where I want it to be right now, and there is some work to do on the run. But overall, I felt I could have a good day if I nailed my nutrition.

The swim went well, the current was not super strong, which I was happy about. Definitely have a better idea of where I need to be and what ti work on....

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"Drip"-ping With Potential...

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By Micah Warning

Tri Clear Lake Olympic race report: I want to first say this. Thank you @triclearlake for putting on such a great race! From all the volunteers to the beautiful course it was all fantastic! Also it was a pleasure to be able to compete in a race with retired pro @tollakson6 when I first got into triathlon I’d watch his YouTube and and study up on how I could make it possible to go pro! So if you haven’t check out @dimondbikes they are LEGIT!

Next I will say this. I am proud of our athletes who competed this weekend! @dripmultisports is just getting started and I am so excited for what is to come for our team! (Big announcements coming soon!).

Now for me: I will say this, yesterday was the best I have EVER raced which is exciting because I know I still have lots of room for improvement!...

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Clayton & Warning Break Out at Clear Lake...

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Photo - Mitchell Clayton and Noah Billings

Tri Clear Lake Sprint Coverage - A few days ago we predicted that Rochester's NOAH BILLINGS would three-peat as men's champion in today's Tri Clear Lake Sprint. The two-time Minnesota Junior of the Year raced hard, beating his 2023 time, but ultimately settled for 2nd behind another former Minnesota JOY, MITCHELL CLAYTON, also of the Med City, whose 58:23 might be an amateur record here. Our research shows that only pro triathlete Wes Anderson (IA) had posted a faster time (57:47 in 2018) at Clear Lake.

The performance was arguably the finest of Clayton's multisport career and we are currently trying to talk him into filing a race report.

We also predicted that Minnesotans GRACE BUSCH (Mankato) and CHANTAL NACK (Minneapolis) would finish 1-2 in the women's Sprint competition. We're happy to report that we were almost correct. Busch, our state's Junior of the Year in 2022, rocked an amateur record 1:03:25, which was good for 4th pllace

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"My First Pro Race"...

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By Shyanne McGregor

Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 Race Report - My first pro race. Although, I qualified to get my “pro card” in both my 70.3 races last year, I struggled feeling like I really belonged there. However, I was really excited to experience all that racing on a pro level entailed, learn a ton and have fun out there. It was such a cool experience! All the women I met were so nice and so welcoming. I learned a lot, made new friends, got to catch up with old ones.

The swim: Except for Kona, I’ve never had a mass start type of swim. It was definitely an all out brawl for the first few minutes. I could feel myself getting a little panicky but I was able to take some breaths and not go there. I settled in with a group for maybe the first half and realized I could go faster. So I went ahead of them and was on my own for the last half of the swim. I learned some tactical lessons that I’ll implement next race.

My time was close to last year but this year was without the aid of a wetsuit. So probably a better swim comparatively....

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