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The Secret is: There's No Secret....

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By Kelly O'Mara (The Salty Triathlete - triathlete.com)

 

Look for a new “A Brief Complaint from a Salty Triathlete” from Kelly O’Mara every month in Triathlete magazine.

There it was, right in front of my eyes: “Read Jan Frodeno’s Mental Trick That Helped Him Win Kona.” Yes, I was going to learn the secret! I’d be unstoppable! I clicked on the headline and started reading.

Turns out, Frodo tries not to think about the whole race all at once. He likes to break the day up into sections and bits that are easier to tackle mentally.

No kidding.

That’s not so much a secret or a trick, as a well-established mental race tactic packaged in trick’s clothing. And it’s one I, theoretically, already know. I already know no one should ever think about the entirety of an Ironman stretched out in front of them. I know I’m supposed to focus on one chunk at a time in a race. Yet, clearly, I’m no Jan Frodeno. What am I doing wrong?  ...

New Friendships and Self-Improvement...

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By Jodelle Migely

 

For many, if not all of us, the sport of triathlon has in some way impacted our lives in a meaningful way.  This gratitude we feel towards the sport is the exact reason why we have created Forte Trialthon Club for kids.  This Spring/Summer, a handful of dedicated, competitive and passionate women are offering up the opportunity for boys and girls age 8-14 to start building a foundation to learn and love the sport of triathlon.  

 

The idea for Forte Triathlon Club for kids started on the way back to the Twin Cities after volunteering at Ironman Wisconsin last September.  Two conversations collided serendipitously.  The first, a conversation about the significance of learning to love a sport that you can do your whole life.  The second about kids and the opportunities they have to play sports today. 


With the level of competition surrounding youth sports, and limited numbers of athletes allowed onto teams, how do we keep kids active?  How do we teach them that being active is awesome and feels good?   The sport of triathlon is a place to grow, learn, challenge yourself, make new friends and demand a better version of yourself! ...

Spontaneity Can Be a Good Thing...

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By Christina Roberts (from Facebook)

 

BERMUDA WORLD TRIATHLON RACE REPORT - Most of you know that I like a good plan and spontaneity is far from my strong suit. So when I decided on Thursday to race in a triathlon in Bermuda on Saturday, I was well out of my comfort zone (thanks Jordan Roby for the push)! I had registration...

Solo Dolo...

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By Wade Cruser

 

CINCO DU MAYO RACE REPORT - "Solo Dolo."

That title is the same title of a Kid Cudi song from his Album “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”. Great album, top to bottom, give it a listen.  It also applies to my race at Cinco Du Mayo. From start to finish, just my shadow, myself and a head full of over-analyzing nonsense. 

For folks that don't know, Cinco is a very hilly 3/19.5/3 course. After the usual pre-race announcements, Judi got the 2018 Long course Cinco Du Mayo started right on time.  Unlike a triathlon, I get to wear running shoes and sprint to the front from the start (in a triathlon, I get to “sprint”, and watch the pack actually sprint away). For the first half mile or so, I heard foot steps behind me, and that is when it became solo dolo. At the turnaround of the 3 mile first run, I had about a minute gap.  They start the short course race 15 minutes after the long course. This year they started 15:30 after the long course, which meant I was running back into the park as the herd of short coursers were running out. Luckily the entrance/ exit road was coned off so I had plenty of room on the left to glide down the hill and take the right into transition just after the last short courser passed.  It’s always a little weird being the only person in transition.  I’m a pretty introverted dude, and not a huge fan of attention, but when I’m the only person in transition I can feel all the eyeballs on me as I try to buckle my helmet strap and pretend I’m not destroyed after running way too hard. ...

Wade's Cruising And Madg's Magic...

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CINCO DU MAYO DUATHLON - There were highlights aplenty at the 11th annual Cinco Du Mayo Duathlons last Saturday. Not all of those highlights, though, were performance-related. The venue, the racing conditions, the social atmosphere and opportunities, and, of course, the post race taco feast, all conspired to make the Cinco experience a truly special one....

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