Thursday, May 20, 2010


(Photo: Comic actor Andy Samberg, looks a lot like Sam Janicki. Sorta. They kinda have the same haircut. We didn't have a picture of Sam. Sorry.)

The 6th Land Between the Lakes, a.k.a. the Albert Lea Triathlon, will be contested this Sunday and close to 200 participants are expected.

On the competitive side, we expect 2009 champs Matt Payne and Brooke Larsen to repeat. On paper, Larson, winner at COLT three weeks ago, appears to be the clear favorite.
If she does prevail, it will be career win #4 for the Northfield resident. Payne, however, will have to contend with young whippersnapper (is there such a thing as an "old" whippersnapper?) Sam Janicki, who is an Andy Samberg lookalike. Well, sorta. Janicki shared the Winners Circle with Larsen at COLT. This is his opportunity to prove that he is pretty darn good and not to be taken lightly.

We looked at various websites of restaurants is Albert Lea. The most interesting in our opinion was Plaza Morena. If their real food looks half as good as the food in the pictures, then this place could be outstanding. Check out their WEBSITE and maybe even pop in after the race for a Margarita and some El Sabor y Estilo de la Comida Mexicana, which loosely translated means "yummy Mexican stuff."

If it's salt and fat and calories you crave after the race, we wholeheartedly recommend Jake's Pizza on Clark Street (507-373-7350). The reviews are uniformly glowing.