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Allie & Zoe...

allie_track.pngROOKIES - MTN has been giving tri rookie HANNA GRINAKER a lot of well-deserved cyber ink lately. We want people to know that Gingersnap (Hanna's nickname) isn't the the only neophyte that is turning in impressive efforts this season. We are aware of two other women who also appear to be heading for "Rookie of the Year" nominations.

They are:

- ALLIE NOWAK, 27, Plymouth (photo)- According to her FB page, Allie is a Physician Assistant (OBGYN) who attended Cornell College, where she ran track and cross country, and has been to London and Washington. She's married and loves small dogs.

Her 2016 Tri Resume: 5th @ Liberty Half & 10th @ Buffalo Olympic. To secure a ROY nomination, Allie needs 1-2 more impressive performances this season....

Fast Masters & Brewhouse Stuff...

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BREWHOUSE STUFF - After last year's race, we recommended that race management consider moving their event from Saturday to Sunday. We did this because we thought the event would attract more participants from The Cities and central and southern and Minnesota....

Ligamentous Injuries...

ankle-sprian.gifBy Dr. Michael Williams

What Is A Sprain, Is There Anything Other Than Rest That Can Help?

A sprain occurs when ligaments are exposed to extreme pressure and are overstretched or torn. This ligament sprain is analogous to a strain of a muscle or pulled muscle, except that ligaments are less vascular than tendons and muscles, meaning that sprains can take longer to heal. Overstretched and torn ligaments are painful and often lead to other parts of your body not functioning properly due to compensation....

Watches & Roses...

LIFE TIME TRI - MINNEAPOLIS - Our state's largest, grandest and most talent-rich triathlon will celebrate it's 15th anniversary on July 9.

We Googled "15th Anniversary" and learned that, we're not making this up, that you have to give people who have been together for a decade-and-a-half a new watch. In the old days, i.e. the 20th century, you were supposed to give crystal, but modern times call for modern gifts.

So you know, race founder Bahram Akradi has a lot of watches, so you can instead give him the official gemstone of the 15th Anniversary: Rubies....

Getting Sick Isn't Always a Bad Thing...

sick-in-bed-300x200.gifBy Suzanne (Sooz) Flannigan, PhD (triathlon.competitor.com)

No one likes to get that annual nasty flu or cold that lasts a week or more and comes roaring back just as you think you are getting better. Not a single person I coach or train with likes to miss training, not even a single day. But the reality is, sometimes you get that nasty bug and it takes you down. You miss a day of training, and another and then another, and all the while the voice of worry is ramping up in your head. You worry that it’s you, that you are just not being tough enough. You imagine at least a dozen of your training buddies who would push through the congestion, the headaches, the fatigue. You fret about missing the next run session because you haven’t been running that well lately and you know you need more running to improve. You worry that after three days, you have lost all the fitness you have gained in the last six months of training and that you will never again swim as fast as you did last month.Instead of getting depressed, anxious, frustrated, impatient, or demoralized when that nasty bug hits, consider adjusting your perspective about what is happening. Shift your thinking and intentionally try to make the most of an otherwise unpleasant situation. Redefine what being sick means, search for the silver linings, and find ways to actually benefit from your time away from training. Here are four ways you can alter your perspective....

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