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Rockin' New Bike Course for BOUS

flyoverLots of exciting things are happening on Saint Paul's Phalen Corridor. A few years back The Phalen Corridor Initiative won the two top Environmental Protection Agency awards for urban redevelopment. Just last week Urban Organics, an innovative indoor aquaponics farm introduced itself to the community from its new home in the former Hamm's Brewery Building. Soon, Flat Earth Brewery will be serving up its own growlers full of suds brewed with the same "sky blue waters" gurgling up from the underground spring beneath the very same building.

 

All pretty cool stuff, considering that all this redevelopment is a result of collaboration between the City and over 60 other community organizations, working together.

 

All of which pales in comparison to the value of the Phalen Corridor's brand-spankin' new bike course for the Best of the U.S. Championship and Sprint races...

April Stuff...

Falls-du-2014.gifALDu.gifDU SEASON IS HERE - Minnesota is arguably America's premier duathlon state. Our events are abundant, competitive and expertly produced. The 2014 spring du season officially gets underway on Saturday, April 26, at the 6th annual Falls Duathlon in...

Fast Fire Fighter...

luke-and-kids.gifLUKE NELSON is a cool guy. He's a Minneapolis Fire Fighter and knows how to drive firetrucks and make water come out of them. He has a lovely wife and at least two great kids. He's into Techno Pop and Noah James Hittner is one of his favorite techno-poppers. We Googled NJH and listened to "Stay Beautiful." It was pretty good.

He's also an awesome multisporter, who excels on both hard and soft surfaces. Prior to 2011, Luke concentrated on off-road stuff. Since then, he has hit the asphalt and his results have been impressive.

Check out his highlights:

- 2013 -

2nd @ Graniteman Clearwater

2nd @ Waseca 1/3

2nd @ Xterra Dairyland (WI) ....

Prepping for the Inevitable...

championshipjerseys.gifED. Ben Ewers is a three-time Minnesota Grand Master of the Year. He now lives in Arizona.

By Ben Ewers (benewers,blogspot.com)

I have not posted in a while as there was nothing material to share.  I've recovered from my stumble in the XTERRA desert trail race but I've been sort of "wandering in the desert" of Arizona trying to figure out what I want to do with multisports now that I am drawing a social security check.  While enduring the normal aches and pains that accompany the aging process,  I've been fighting the urge to retire from multisport.

I've been able to run up to two times per week on desert...

More Than Just a Pain in the Butt...

hamstring.gifInjuries suck. It's hard enough for the MTN Guys to see so many of our multisport friends endure owies and boo-boos. It's worse when they are actually sidelined by such things.

In 2012 we were getting excited about a masters athlete named Leslie Englert. It was her first year in the sport and she had already won a race (Maple Grove Sprint) and rocked Top 10 efforts at all the Graniteman Series races. We thought she was only a year or two away from MMA nominations.

Then an evil thing called Hamstring Tendonosis happened. This stuff requires a lot more than PT and ant-inflammatories, so Leslie got Prolo Therapy (which is awesome), which along with lots of PT, enabled her to run again.

After a painful season in 2013, low-lighted by medium-dazzle performances, we were anxious to see Leslie return to form. When we sought her permission to write stuff...

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