"Grind While They Rest....."


By Kristina Swenson (kristinaswenson.wixsite.com)

Over spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado with 8 teammates from the Iowa State Triathlon Team. We traveled with 8 members of the University of Iowa Triathlon Team as well, and we paid their coach, who is a pro triathlete who lives in the Colorado Springs area, to coach us for the week.
Training at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) is a pretty unreal experience. You stay in a traditional style residence hall like you would find on a college campus, eat all your meals in a dining center, and train in some of the nicest workout facilities in the country. It is literally your job to get up, train, eat, sleep, and recover so you can do it all again the next day.
Four years ago I had the opportunity to train in this exact place. At the time, I was 16 years old and had just joined my first triathlon team, Minnesota Junior Elite Triathletes. Even though I had been doing a kids triathlon since I was 8, I had only been doing sprint distance races for 2 years, so joining an elite level team was a huge step for me. I like to think that this is really the moment where my triathlon journey began....

"Thank Your Body"....

KG_SOCKS.pngED. While web surfing recently, we stumbled upon an interview of Mankato triathlete, Kristin Gustafson, by her coach, Marni Sumbal, who is an awesome person. Do you know her? FYI - Kristin is one of the coolest people we know.


MS - Describe your athletic background and how you discovered your current sport?

KG - I was always competitive growing up playing tennis and basketball in high school. I tried playing tennis in college until my third knee surgery changed those plans. Any type of lateral movement makes me scared so I decided to find other activities where I only had to go straight. After college, I missed being competitive so I decided to start running. I started with a 10k and quickly moved onto doing marathons. After doing 20+ marathons, I felt like it was time to try something new. My very first triathlon was a half Ironman in July 2011 and the rest is history!

MS - What keeps you training and racing in your current sport?

KG - There is nothing more satisfying than signing up for a race, putting a 100% into training, being dedicated every day to becoming a better athlete, and then finishing it all off with completing the race distance. I was recently diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) this past year so now, more than ever...

Buddy Racing is a Beautiful Thing...


What is a Resilinator?
It’s a kid who knows how to roll with the punches in life. A kid who keeps functioning when adversity strikes. A kid who faces setbacks and refuses to quit.

What’s the Resilinator?
Set on Minnesota's finest disc golf course, the Resilinator is a buddy race designed to test your physical strength, mental toughness, and teamwork. Three Rivers Park District is again our host partner for this first-of-its-kind adventure race with obstacles and challenges you'll conquer buddy pairs racing together.

Each pair must include at least one kid between the age of 7 and 17, plus a kid or adult buddy between the age 7 to 107. Adult buddies must have a moderate fitness level, as this race is designed to be challenging....

VO2 or CGM? Interesting Stuff....


By Chris Foster (triathlete.com)


A controversial researcher says the key to speed and delayed fatigue lies in your brain, not in your lungs.

Tim Noakes is a South African scientist and medical doctor who likes to ruffle a lot of feathers. His controversial theories are famous for challenging conventional wisdom on topics ranging from sports medicine to biomechanics to nutrition, like promoting a high-fat, low-carb diet for the general population. But perhaps his most game-changing idea is one that rethinks why athletes slow down....

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