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Iron Season 8/11: A hot multi-Iron weekend

posted on Aug 27 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Reported by Martin. The short: Nick Paulson and I headed off to two different Iron races: MiTi in Michigan, and IM Louisville. And we were not the only ones from town, with Illinois student Tim Lichtenstein and Professor Bruce Hajek also heading to Louisville. It was a hot+humid sufferfest!

Edwardsville Cat 4 race report

posted on Aug 25 2014 by Chris Kirkham

This race was a nightmare for me last year.  In 2013, it was only my 2nd race as a cat 4, and I crashed out of the first one, then took a month off after the birth of my second son.  In last year's race, I got shelled after being stuck at the back for 6 laps, and placed next-to-last.

Bloomington Criterium Race Report (Ryan Harden)

posted on Aug 23 2014 by Ryan Harden

Race Report for the Cat 4 and Masters 30+ Cat 4/5 Races.

Edwardsville Cat 4 Report

posted on Aug 17 2014 by Dustin Highland

Wild Card was well represented in the Cat 4 race on Saturday afternoon.  We had Larry Johns, Chris Kirkham, and myself in the race.  It was my first time racing this course so I didn't really have a history on how the race was won.  I expected it to be fast and technical with a reduced group sprint finish.  The plan was for the team to respond to any attacks after about half way through the race, then save Larry and Chris for the sprint.  Well, the winnning break of three occured on lap 3.

Edwardsville Crit - Cat 3

posted on Aug 17 2014 by Rick Riley

The Edwardsville Crit is one of my favorite races of the year.  It has great support from the town, tons of people show up and they open the streets to boozing.  The fields are large and strong and the payouts are huge.  Finally, the course has a good mix of techincal sections and straightaways forcing a fast pace throughout.

Steelhead 70.3

posted on Aug 12 2014 by Nick Paulson

The Ironman Steelhead 70.3 is a WTC half ironman race held in Benton Harbor, MI.  The 2014 version was my second attempt at this race (the 2011 version with a cancelled swim being my first) and my wife's first half iron distance race.  I finished in 5:04:16, 34/228 in my AG, and 194/2087 overall.

2014 USAT Age Group National Championships

posted on Aug 11 2014 by Scott Dahman

The short: I swam above my pay grade and spent the next 2 hours deep in the pain cave on the bike and run.

Iron Season 7/11: Altitude Meltdown!

posted on Aug 06 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Reported by Martin G. The short: not one, not two, not three, but four U of I faculty went to race the inaugural Ironman Boulder. Bruce Hajek, Andy Singer, Brian Lilly and I headed west to see what Ironman racing at 5400 feet feels like. That run got tough, and I squeaked in at 11:56, just under 12 hours.

Big Jay’s Fat Ass Ultracycling Race

posted on Jul 29 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Photo: The peloton among the corn fields; right: the “Fat Ass” traveling trophy saddle showing Jay’s old course record of 246 miles, now co-held with Collin Johnson at 258 miles.

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