Welp, that’s a wrap on 2013. As always, this year was a mix of ups and downs. Thankfully it was mostly ups. Here’s how it all shook down for our crew in 2013.
This was an interesting year for our triathletes. I think our advice of “speed before distance” has finally sunk in, as nearly all of our coached athletes dialed back on long course racing in lieu of building speed this year. The results? We got faster. Shocking. Despite most athletes racing distances that were not traditionally their strongest, they landed on exactly 10 podiums and found 2 top ten finishes at National Championship races, including Sam’s debut at USA Cycling National Hand-cycling Championship and Jack’s 6th Place at the USA Swimming National Open Water Championship. Other notable finishes included John’s 1st place overall in his first race in over twenty years, Dawn’s back-to-back podiums in consecutive weekends at Lifetime Fitness Minneapolis Sprint Tri and Door Co Tri relay, Tracy’s finish at the Boston Marathon as one of less than 10 women in the wheelchair division, and Brian’s return the podium at the Haag Lake swim. Although there were no cheering crowds to witness the event, on day 197 of what would be 365 consecutive days of running (at least) one mile, Tina O. broke 10:00 for the first time in her life. Not everyone went short this year and Ryan R. PR’d at Ironman Wisconsin despite much harsher weather than he faced the previous year.
Due to time spent traveling overseas in late 2012 and early 2013, this was the first year since 2009 I did not coach a single team (let alone several in the same season). Now that I am rooted in Nevada County, I am forming a triathlon club in the new year. See the flyer to the left and join us for tri club info sessions in and around Grass Valley, CA and Nevada City, CA at Trkac running store and South Yuba Club.
The expression “I’d rather be lucky than good” has never rung so true for an athlete as it did for me (Scott Beesley) this year. After leaving Minneapolis on September 1, 2012 and visiting 16 countries on 3 continents before touching down in Nevada City, CA in May 2013, I had spent less than 20 hours on a bike and found a pool only twice. The outlook for racing in 2013 was bleak. Thanks to a torrent of rain that soaked the Torn Shirt Xterra Off Road Triathlon, I managed to keep in close distance with the lead pack of experienced mountain bikers who were hampered by the mud and made my move on the run to secure the overall victory in the race. By chance, the USA Triathlon Off Road National Championships were to be held near Dallas only two days before my yoga teacher flew into town for a teacher training I was already registered to attend. Once again, for reasons unclear me, I got lucky and secured my spot on Team USA for the Cross Triathlon (off road) World Championships in Zittau, Germany next summer. Oh, and most importantly, I also took 4th overall in 5k trail run in full pirate costume.
Meanwhile, back in the Midwest, Coach John Taipale made his relo official by leaving Eau Claire, WI and settling in Plymouth, MN. Like many of our other athletes, John also focused on shorter races this year and cut back on his go-to distance of 70.3 to race a pile of Olympic distance races. As you might expect he cleaned up the field on a regular basis and got his qualifying spot at both the USA Triathlon Olympic Distance National Championship to be held in Milwakee and the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship in Des Moines next summer. The big guy also got engaged and adopted a wiener dog. Not a bad year.
Big thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters including NOW Bike & Triathlon (Arden Hills, MN), Trkac Running Store (Grass Valley, CA), Real Wheels Bicycle Studio (Nevada City, CA), financial advisor Nick Rasmussen (White Bear Lake, MN), Core Health Chiropractic (Minneapolis, MN), Podium Sports Therapy Massage (Minnetonka, MN), and South Yuba Club (Grass Valley, CA) for all they did to keep our crew safe and healthy this year.