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  • CIRREM 2019: Cole Ledbetter's Report

    By Cole Ledbetter

    100 km Gravel Bike Race
    Cumming, Iowa
    Saturday, February 23, 2019

    CIRREM by the numbers: 250 signed up, 40-ish started the race, and 17—for some reason or another—decided to push through the interesting day that was to unfold.

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  • DMYMCA Triathlon Series: Eric Conrad's Report

    New for 2019, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is offering an indoor triathlon series. The series includes three races:

    • Ice Breaker Triathlon, which began in 2008
    • Y-Tri at Red Flannel Run, a new addition to the 30-year-old run race
    • Pieathlon, another long-standing event.

    We plan to follow Eric Conrad, whom we have interviewed for indoor triathlons before, through all three races. Continue reading

  • Ironman Wisconsin 2016: Jennifer Borst's Race Report

    by Jennifer Borst

    Ironman Wisconsin 2016 StartIronman Wisconsin 2016
    2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run*
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Knowing that you want to do an Ironman is the first step. Deciding which one to do can be hard. For me, it was an easy choice after volunteering and spectating IMWI 2015. The crowd support is beyond fabulous, and being on the giving and receiving end of the volunteer support is wonderful as well.

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  • How to Train with a Slower Rider

    By Nathan Cline

    How (not) to train with a slower riderIn order to train with a slower rider, adopt the role of the good shepherd. (Note: Like the opposite of megaphone-dude in the cartoon.)

    Not every ride can be exactly what you want. In life, as in bike riding, it is up to us to make the best out of any given situation. So when it comes time to ride with people of different ability levels, the more experienced cyclist has an opportunity to be a leader and help guide the other people on the ride. Here I will offer some tips and tricks that I have done myself to both give the person I am riding with a good experience and also get a workout for myself in the process.

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  • Race Across the West 2016: Sarah's Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist

    Sarah Cooper climbs on the way to Flagstaff in Race Across the West 2016Race Across the West
    928.4 miles
    Start: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    Oceanside, California to Durango, Colorado

    I’ve always said that I would have a hard time writing about a race that went well, and such has been the case for Race Across the West. 928 miles, from California to Colorado with over 50,000 feet of climbing. Yes, it went very well, and mostly according to plan. The race plan my coach put together had me arriving in Durango pretty close to Leah Goldstein’s record time from 2012 [2d 14h 3m]. Even with the extra 68 miles on this year’s course, we beat her record and his prediction, arriving in 2 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes. The overall win was a bonus, and a tribute to my skilled crew.

    We had our share of trials. Three flat tires, and a loose headset resulting in a severe case of speed wobbles on a fast descent. A support vehicle that had to be towed out of the desert sand. Temps as high as 112, and lows in the 40s. Sandstorms, tough crosswinds, road construction, traffic, elk and wild horses on the road, hypothermia… and a rider determined to push the limits of sleep deprivation and exhaustion. We managed it all with good humor. I am so proud of my crew, and thrilled with what we accomplished.

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  • Ironman Wisconsin 2015: Dotty's Report

    by Dotty Johnson

    Dotty Johnson was bib number 399 at Ironman Wisconsin 2015Ironman Wisconsin
    2.4 mile Swim, 112 mile Bike, 26.2 mile Run
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    I am truly blessed to have a supportive family, God in my life, supportive race team Outkast, Facebook team, and a heck of a coach, Carl Noftsger! I have had the opportunity to race Ironman Wisconsin for my second year in a row. Last year was my first ever doing a full Ironman and I really loved it. I was offered to race the same race again this year and decided I really wanted to train my hardest and go for my dream of Kona.

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