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Ironman Florida 2008

Being a top 5 tri-state in the nation, every year we have amazing performances out of our elites (go to tri-night and celebrate!!). But what happened at Ironman Florida this past weekened gave us three great performances, two of which are records.

First off, Cathy Yndestad (winner at lifetime mpls, 2nd at chicago, 3rd at U.S Open Dallas, and 3rd at Best of US.) put in a smoking Ironman to get 3rd in her age-group after a string of victories and podiums this year. While she clearly has the speed for short-course, this was going to be the 140mile test and she cleared it (by the way she won 70.3 newfoundland).

Right behind her (and yes right behind meaning cathy was 26th female and Sue was 27th) was 40 year old Sue Rubens. This from midwestevents.com: “Arguably, the performance of the day by a Minnesotan was turned in by Sue Rubens, 40, of Plymouth: 10:14:31 (3rd 40-44W; 11th amateur; 27th woman overall). Sue’s 10:14 was the fastest masters time ever at iron-distance by a Minnesota woman.”

Lastly, I got an email early this morning from Jerry-midwestevents.com: “As for Mark Carey (3rd 35-39 ag), his 9:11 is the fastest time by a Minnesotan in this decade. (Kevin did a 9:13 at Hawaii in the early 90s; Matt Haugen did an 8:45 in Europe in the early 90s & Rod Raymond’s pr is 8:59, also in the early 90s.)”

I will try to find pictures of these athletes so you can recognize them, but it sure is great to see three great times across three completely different age groups. *yndecam.com will have some pictures up soon.

November 5, 2007 at 9:08 pm
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