by Pro Triathlete Alex
Life Time Tri Minneapolis has been a high national level triathlon since 2001, and for its twelfth edition I was going to be a part of the professional ranks at this prestigious event. I had done this race two years before as an amateur, and I was stoked to be able to compare my times from then and now. I’d have a great chance to really see how much I’ve grown in the last two years.
The men’s race only had 17 competitors but it was a stacked field: four Olympians and some top non-drafting specialists had all shown up to give themselves a shot at winning the Toyota Triple Crown $50,000 prize! The women would start first with the men starting an equalized time behind, so the cash prize would go to whomever, male or female, had the fastest cumulative time of three races from the Life Time series, beginning with this race.