Data Geeking...

YearInReview1rb-524x421.gifSimple steps for evaluating your progress and planning for 2016.

By Jesse Thomas (triathlon.competitor.com)

In March 2011, I went to my first triathlon camp with coach Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness and was assigned a shared room with Sami Inkinen. I didn’t know much about Sami other than he was very fast (I’d raced him a few times as an age-grouper), very handsome (his remarkably always perfect hairdo was the target of far too many of Matt’s jokes) and apparently very smart (he had a Stanford MBA and had recently co-founded some real estate website named “Stevia” or something)....

"A Bit of a Chat"....


January 2016 Interview - Professional Triathlete, Ruth Brennan Morrey
RBM is a 70.3 Ironman Champion with multiple 70.3 podium performances and is coming off her first professional performance at Ironman World Championships. Her previous sport background was as a Division I soccer player and Olympic Trials marathoner.

You can follow RBM's season on Twitter @rbrennanmorrey
Or on her website ruthbrennanmorrey.com

By Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)

Top triathletes seem to have the ability to hurt more and for longer periods of time. Do you think this is true? Is it more refined mental training or simply a higher physical level?   ....

Stout Field For Winter Tri Nationals...


King Boreas Winter Triathlon Preview - Minnesota’s first winter triathlon is also the USAT Winter Tri National Championship, which we think is very cool. We hope you do too....

Stuff About Nicole, Brian, Heiney & Heather.......

NICOLE-RUN.gifMINNESOTA RUNNER OF THE YEAR - MTN got an email from Judy Rykken a few days ago. Do you know her? She's a 77-year-old triathlete with a perpetual smile and an effervescent personality. She's awesome. Here is a portion of her note:

Good evening!

     I wasn’t sure if you knew that Nicole Cueno (YWCA Women's Tri Director - Photo) was named Minnesota Runner of the Year 2015. She is only the third person in the history of the award to have won the overall title as well as the 35-39 age group. Just google Minnesota R of the Y 2015 to get stats and more information. Awards will be presented at Braemar Golf Course on February 6 at 5 p.m. Again you can find all the info by checking Google. Because Nicole is a superb triathlete as well as incredible runner, I thought you could mention this achievement in MN Tri.

Thanks for listening – see you next summer!

Judy Rykken

Thanks, Judy! And congratulations Nicole!   ....

Are You That Guy?

13-494x421.gifBy Matt Dixon (triathlon.competitor.com)

Through his 20 years of coaching, Matt Dixon has identified five common triathlete archetypes that, despite best intentions and total dedication, fall short of realizing individual athletic potential. Could you be making the same mistakes?

I believe that it is too common for athletes and coaches to place a singular focus on the simple accumulation of training miles or hours without considering the critical supporting elements that facilitate successful training. Aspects such as fueling, sleep, recovery and healthy eating habits are often considered mere afterthoughts, with the greatest barometer of training success measured simply in “how much.” This proves costly for many amateur athletes, as most have to balance...

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