The Starting Line

The Starting Line

My kind of tri

I’ve been doing more triathlons in the past couple of years. I enjoy them, but for a relative novice, race day is a little nerve-wracking. Especially when I see the other competitors with their wetsuits or trisuits, and their fancy bikes with the aerobars. I ride a 26-year-old bike that doesn’t even have clipless pedals!

The Fit List

Have a good weekend running or riding or whatever activity you choose. I’ll be doing a little of both, with some swimming thrown in too. And here’s your list of races.

Weekend of July 20-21:
Run for the Bagel
This race includes 10K and 5K runs, a 5K walk, and a 1-mile run (timed or not timed — you choose). They are on Saturday in Mattoon.

Spin it forward

Maybe you’re thinking about getting into mountain biking or triathlons. Maybe it’s time to upgrade from the three-speed bicycle you’ve been riding since middle school. Or maybe you want a higher-quality bike that will make riding with other cyclists more enjoyable and comfortable.

With all the options available, how do you choose the right bike for you?

The Fit List

Good luck to all who are racing at the Fisher Fair on Saturday morning or doing the Evergreen Lake Triathlon. Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines.

Weekend of July 13-14:
Fisher Fair 5K

The Fit List

Lots of good triathlons in July. I’m looking forward to one at the end of the month. There’s a couple nice ones in this week’s list too.
Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines.

Friday, July 5:
Tuscola Firecracker 5K

RAAM tough

For Jay Yost, cycling in the Race Across America has been a lifelong dream.

For Martin Gruebele, it’s part of a more recent passion for endurance events.

The two recently finished cycling nearly 3,000 miles across the United States as a two-person team in the Race Across America. The race started in Oceanside, Calif., and finished in Annapolis, Md.

The Fit List

It’s the Fourth of July edition of The Fit List. Holiday-related races start with the Kracker Klassic this weekend and continue through July 5.
Here’s your list of races, plus upcoming registration deadlines. Happy Fourth!

Weekend of June 29-30:
Gifford Community Celebration 5K

The Fit List

I’m looking forward to running in nice, cool temps this weekend. The forecast calls for highs in the 50s in Duluth — can’t wait! And the USA Track & Field half marathon championships will be part of Grandma’s Marathon, so it should be exciting.

The need for speed

Be on the lookout for the blue and yellow racing singlets of the CU Racing Team at the Freedom Celebration 5K on July 4.

The CU Racing Team is a new group of runners who aim to improve their performance — and to be some of the top competitors at local races.