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It's All Good....

lake georgePardon the anthropomorphizing, but races have personalities. In fact, they are downright logo"moody."

Take Timberman and Northwoods, our state's "destinationy" events, for example. They have a laid back vacationy vibe. These races are preludes to barbecues and cold beer and laughter and pontoon rides. Very cool.

Then there's Heart of the Lakes, our state's most gregarious race....

North Mankato Stuff...

The 13th edition of the North Mankato Triathlon will be staged on Sunday. Like Saturday's Croixathlon, it will be conscientiously produced by people who still swimexude "Minnesota Niceness." If you're not registered for an event this weekend, we strongly recommend either of these races. We would also recommend the Lake Waconia Triathlon, of course, but it has been full for some time.

A solid field will be on hand for this year's NMT. Here are our podium pics:

MEN - 1. Sam Janicki - A virtual shoo-in for a Rookie of the Year nomination, Sam has one Tri Minnesota Series win (COLT) and a 2nd (Albert Lea) already this season. 2. Todd Landgraff - The defending champ is not currently registered but we suspect that he'll race on Sunday. As his podium finish at Liberty Half demonstrates, he's taken his game to a new level in 2010. 3. Jesse Nelson - Stripped of a course ....

Croixathlon Stuff..

trioMo Mouw's favorite beer is Summit Pale Ale. Knowing that his friend David Holden shares an affection for this particular adult beverage, Mo asked David if he, perchance, "had a six-pack?" Overhearing the question, Dan Cohen peeled back his skinsuit, revealing a "six pack" of his own. The laughing trio then posed for the picture you see here. And whether you believe it or not, Dan's gut is NOT sucked in. It's really like that.

This photo was taken at last year's Croixathlon. Dan won that race. His shirted compatriots, David (right) and Mo (left) took 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Cohen and Holden will be racing in this year's edition--the 5th--of the Croixathlon. Mo has yet to register, though his lovely wife..

Waconia's Girls...

brookAs with the men, Lake Waconia's women's elite field is the deepest of the year thus far, despite the absence of Cathy Yndestad and Julie Hull, who will be doing other stuff this weekend.

Last year's podium finishers--Brook Mutzenberger (photo), Jan Guenther and Susan Williams--are back. Duplicating their 2009 placings will be difficult, however, thanks to the formidable presence of past LWT champ Marlo McGaver,...

Waconia's Guys..


The deepest men's field of the season to date will gather on the sandy southern shoreline of Lake Waconia this Sunday. The day's fastest trio will earn invitations to represent Minnesota at the Best of the US National Championship in Mission Viejo, CA next October...

Triathlon Deluxe With Fries...

In addition to being a tremendous multisport athlete, Scott Penticoff is a totally cool guy. And burgerhonest and trustworthy, too, in case those qualities aren't covered by his total coolness.

Scott claims that Newt's--A Local Tradition Since 1980!--serves the best burger in the whole goshdarn state of Minnesota, not just Rochester, where it is located.

We trust Scott and plan to meet him and whoever else chooses to join us at Newt's after this Sunday's RochesterFest Triathlon. NEWT'S WEBSITE. Everybody's invited! Scott plans to get "The Works" burger: 3/4 pound of of beef with everything on it and a full pound of fries. We're thinking of getting "Todd's Burger," which includes several strips..

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