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Big Lake Sprint - Historical Stuff


GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE SPRINT PREVIEW - Kicking off the official, albeit abbreviated, 2020 Minnesota Multisport season is G-Man Big Lake Sprint on August 1. Have you registered yet? (LINK)

Time passes quickly when you're having fun. Though his awesome event has the look, feel and new car smell of a newish race, it will actually be celebrating its 10th anniversary two Saturdays from now.

Today we are sharing a bit of race history, starting with a listing of past champions, and their times:


2019 - BRIAN STORHAUG – 1:06:07 & TAYLOR LUNDQUIST – 1:14:24 (photo on page 2)
2018 - BRIAN STORHAUG – 1:09:56 & EMILY GAGE – 1:17:23
2017 - JOSH MORK – 1:03:44 & TAYLOR LUNDQUIST – 1:14:35
2016 - WADE CRUSER – 1:01:49 & JEN NEUMAN – 1:14:49
2014 - STEVE SANDER – 1:03:12 & LISA WACEK – 1:12:20
2013 - JEFF GREBNER – 1:02:39 & JAMIE HEYING – 1:09:17
2012 - MARCUS STROMBERG – 1:01:48 & DIANE HANKEE – 1:10:31
2011 - TROY ANDERSON – 1:04:07 & BECKY YOUNGBERG – 1:06:28

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Minnesota's 2020 Tri Season! It's Really Happening!


The 2020 Minnesota Multisport season is going to happen, and SOON, and we hope you are as stoked as we are. Starting with GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE Sprint Triathlon on the first, five of our state's annual races, not counting a few pop-ups, i.e. cool unofficial events put together by groups of friends, and a Virtual or two, are scheduled for the month of August.

They are:

- Saturday, August 1 - BIG LAKE SPRINT TRIATHLON - Info & Registration

- Sunday, August 9 - GREEN LAKE TRIATHLON - Info & Registration

- Saturday, August 15 - YOUNG LIFE SPRINT TRIATHLON - Info & Registration...

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Green Lights!


Thgreenlakeart.pngis is the post we have been wanting to write for months. Minnesota will have a 2020 outdoor racing season after all. Several great events, all slated for August, have the approvals they need to take place.

This is great news for tri-optimists who have been training diligently during the pandemic and are ready to rock n roll.

And because the first of the un-cancelled events isn't until August 1, those who have let their training lag have time to get themselves race-ready.

Here are the August races that we know are confirmed:


GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE TRIATHLON – Big Lake, MN - August 1, 2020 - 

Offering both sprint and olympic distances, you will swim in the clean and clear waters of Big Lake, ride one of the flattest and fastest bike rides in the state, and enjoy a lakeside run that starts and finishes in the park....

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Major Triathlons Cancelled or Postponed...


ED. Planning to do some high-profile national or international races this summer? If so, check the listing below to see if those events are going to happen.

By Triathlete.com Editors

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is leading to cancelations of all kinds of large events, including most races planned in the near future. Here's our ongoing list...

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Hanna and Patrick...



Female POY Nominees: 

HANNA GRINAKER - 2nd US amateur @ Hawaii Ironman World Championships - 9:55:57 

HANNA GRINAKER - Win @ Buffalo Olympic - Course Record - 2:06:57

DANI VSETECKA - Win @ Texas 70.3 - 4:23:56 (fastest women's 70.3 time in 2019)

CATHY YNDESTAD - Win--her 8th!--@ Minneapolis Olympic - Course Record - 2:05:33


WINNER - HANNA GRINAKER's 2nd US amateur @ Kona - 9:55:57

Though Hanna received all five 1st place votes here, there were strong arguments for all the performances, plus a few of Becky Youngberg's, as well. In the end, it was 
Ironman's "Super Bowl" mystique that prevailed here.

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"I'm Fine"....


By Hanna Grinaker(thefitspace.com)

I was chatting with a friend of mine a couple weeks back about my nerves leading into Kona. As a coach, he offered some invaluable advice--"Why don't you write yourself a letter?" He suggested I start to question what I would tell myself to do when negative thoughts start to intrude (cause they almost always do for everyone), and how I would coach myself to respond. In thinking of myself as the athlete I was coaching, rather than just the voice inside my own mind, I became more compassionate, calm and clear, giving me the peace and reassurance I know I needed. 

Dear Hanna, 

You've made it! It's the Ironman World Championships. An event you have looked forward to for over an entire year. That's a long time to be focused on something. I know you're nervous. How could you not be for something you have put so much of your time, energy and resources into? I also know you are worried. You are anxious. You are worried about feeling dizzy (sometimes this has happened to you and we haven't figured out why). You are worried about getting body slammed in the swim and losing your focus. You are worried about mechanical issues and wind on the bike, and finally, you are worried about staying focused and consistent (and not fading too badly) on the run, or even not finishing for that matter. With a 9 and a half hour day in front of you, these concerns are valid, but giving them weight and energy doesn't help you either. ....

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