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2014: The Year in Beer...

fitgers-duluth.gifED. Okay. This is not a triathlon story, but's one that, like triathlon, makes one proud to be a Minnesotan.

By Joe Alton (growlermag.com)

Minnesota has seen significant growth in craft beer over the past 12 months, and all signs point to an equally impressive 2015.

By our count Minnesota currently has more than 75 breweries and brewpubs in operation. We now have more breweries in the state than we have had at any point since Prohibition. In addition to the breweries in operation, I’m also aware of at least another dozen in the planning stages.

This might lead you to believe that craft beer’s continued growth is unsustainable, that there has to be a saturation point on the not-so-distant horizon

I feel it is my duty to tell you that you are, in fact, wrong.

Craft beer continues to impress analysts and investors locally and nationally as it pursues market share from “Big Beer.” Setting historic benchmarks in terms of brewery numbers and volume, craft beer continues to broaden its consumer base and geographic footprint....

Recovery Nutrition Stuff...

nuts-berries.gifBy Susan Kitchen (usatriathlon.org)

As triathletes, we're constantly looking for that extra edge. A world of products promise to make us faster, fitter, stronger — and compression socks, recovery boots, race wheels and aero helmets certainly help. But there's a limit to what these pricey accessories can do for us. Fortunately, you already have a secret weapon that's both cost effective and easy to implement. Used properly, it will work its magic overnight. What is it?  Real food.
 
Fueling is the single most effective tool in your training arsenal. Put simply, if you don’t eat well, you won't perform well. What's more, you won't recover well, and recovery is as crucial to performance as any other aspect of your training....

"Tickling the Reaper"....

Ironman-Florida-Run-2012.gifThe following story explains exactly what the body goes through over 140.6 miles of racing. This story originally appeared in the January/February, 2009 edition of Inside Triathlon magazine.

By Matt Fitzgerald

From the outside, swimming, cycling and running appear as movement. But from inside the triathlete’s body, swimming, cycling and running appear as an acceleration of time.

Blood gushes through veins and arteries like traffic through night highways in a time-lapse video. Within muscle cells, glucose and triglyceride molecules are tossed into the fiery furnace of mitochondria at a breakneck pace, as though someone has put a DVD of the process at rest on 4x fast forward. Armies of oxygen radicals punch holes in muscle cell membranes, causing a general deterioration that calls to mind those computer animations that show a person aging 20 years in 10 seconds....

 

Nick & Lara Rock The Grove...

nick-klonne.gifLIFE TIME INDOOR TRI - MAPLE GROVE - This indoor event had 44 finishers and was won by 18-year-old Nick Klonne and Lara Rampetsreiter, who has a passle of kids. Nick is one of the young guys that the MMA Selectors have their collective eyes on. Though he didn't receive a Junior of the Year nomination in 2014, he came dang close to doing so. Will 2015 be his year for such recognition?

Perhaps.

We visited Nick's Facebook page and learned some cool stuff about him. He has an awesome haircut and a Phillip Phillips beard (photo L). We think he went to a prom last year, but we're not sure. He has eclectic musical taste, which includes Hip Hop, Miley Cyrus and Death Cab for Cutie. Have you heard Death Cab's CD "Something About Airplanes"? It's rather awesome.

Nick also likes war movies and watches Tosh.O on Comedy Central....

Gaby's Got Balls...

GABYS-BALLS.gifBy Gaby Bunten

LIFE TIME WHITE BEAR LAKE INDOOR TRI -   Sunday morning, January 4th, the White Bear Lake Lifetime Athletic hosted an EPIC event. Athletes swam, biked and ran their hearts out for one full hour… “POWER HOUR.” This was my first experience as an event director and needless to say, it was a learning experience to boot! But I was lucky enough to have the GREATEST bunch of athletes around and Caribou coffee, lots of it. Everyone kicked some major tail and the e-mails post-race warmed my heart. The event went off without a hitch. Athletes got from swim, bike and run with ease, all thanks to my volunteers and co-workers. We had a turnout of 30 athletes who participated, 23 women and 16 men. Let’s get some more testosterone in the mix next time guys! Our format consisted of a 10 minute swim, 10 minute transition, 30 minute bike, 5 minute transition and a 20 minute run. Our female overall winner from St.Paul Minnesota, Brigid Varley, 26, was a total rock star. She knocked out 775 yards in 10 minutes, at a pace of 1:17 per 100 yards. Can anyone say little fish?! Her bike was 10.3 miles in 30 minutes at 20.60 mph average. Finally, Brigi’s run was quite stellar at 2.82 miles completed in 20 minutes at a pace of 7:06 per mile. The other female standouts were Rhiannon...

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