Stories From Hagg Lake

CHRIS DEPNER ON USAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS EXPERIENCE
I had a good race at Nationals.  Good swim, good run, no nutrition related issues.  I did unfortunately get a cramp in my calf on the bike which probably set me back 2-3 minutes.  Oh well, that is the way of the sport.  I still was happy with the results and it was a great course to race on.  I also saw the pro races and they were pretty impressive.  Tell Coach Laurie thanks, I had a great year!

MOLLY HAYES BEATS SISTER MADONNA BUDER AT NATIONAL TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Competition was fierce in the Women’s 75-79 age group at the USA Triathlon Olympic Nationals held at Hagg Lake, Oregon last week.  Although Sister Madonna Buder beat Triton Molly Hayes to the finish line, Hayes posted the fastest transition times of the day.  Seventy-five year old Hayes was able to run the half mile uphill path to the transition area and strip her wetsuit off, don her pink Hammer outfit, and jump on her Bike Friday almost 2 minutes ahead of the competition.  Coming back in to the transition area after the grueling hilly 24 mile bike course, Molly once again dominated in transition with a solid one minute advantage heading out to the run.  Molly also contributed points to Team Montana which placed 9th in the overall state competition.  While no one can pick their age group, we can all call our own victories.  Way to go Molly!

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