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Pithy Slogans & Dogs in the Bathtub...

dogs-in-tub.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

Being in a boot for 6 weeks was the best thing that could have happened to me this off-season. I have had some nagging injuries for the last 2+ years that weren't serious enough to take a lengthy chunk of time off for but they have come and gone over the years, held me back at times & have been frustrating. After returning to running post stress fracture I was out of shape and it felt really hard BUT everything else was healed! Not just my foot but my laundry list of other aches & pains! What a blessing in disguise!

I also needed a mental break and didn't even realize it. Not the burn out mental break, I can honestly say that after 6 years of racing I have never been burnt out mentally, not even close. Not on training, racing, anything, in fact it is quite the opposite. I have to be careful not to over race, over train & I am constantly reining myself in. In the early stages of the stress fracture I was in so much pain I didn't know if I would be able to ever run again or even walk pain free. That...

No Money. No Fun.

fun-button.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

As I write about leaving the illustrious ranks of professional triathlon I want to be clear: there were lots of great things about it and I fully appreciate what a privilege the opportunity was. I just want to relate a realistic picture of my experiences the last couple years.

The biggest reason I’m going amateur is the last few seasons as a pro I’ve made no money and had no fun. My first three pro seasons I earned a check in a pro race and made some money at local events. This was important in my mind, obviously professionals should make money. After two mediocre seasons where I hadn’t met my personal standard of earning a check in a pro race I was really questioning remaining pro. Upon further reflection, I realized not only was I not making any money, I wasn’t having any fun. If I’m not making money I should be having fun and enjoying the process. This was not happening. No money, no fun. I couldn’t see any point continuing on that path. There was no joy in it and no incentive....

Broken Reverse Aquathlon...

heather-lashes.gifPhoto - This pic is unrelated to this post. It's here because we think it's cool, and because it makes Heather look like a nun.

By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

This past Saturday (Jan. 24 I raced the 10K at the Securian Winter Run in downtown St. Paul. As it’s about time to start gearing up the training for the season it was a good opportunity to see where my run performance is at. I had raced the half marathon twice in the past; both times it was near zero degree temps. I was overjoyed when the temperatures for Saturday were predicted to be in the low 30’s with no snow, so the roads would be clear and my muscles and breathing wouldn’t be affected by ridiculous cold. Saturday was beautiful, mid 30’s and sunny; I actually think I got a little tan on my face, no complaints! The half marathon went off at 9am and the 10K group followed five minutes later. The course starts winding you up and down through downtown St. Paul for two miles, then the course heads down to the river for a few miles with the last mile weaving you back through downtown to the finish line....

Minnesota's All American Duathletes...

bennett-ride.gifALL AMERICAN DUATHLETES - The MTN Guys congratulate our state's USAT All American Duathletes.

BENNETT ISABELLA - #2 - 30-34M (photo L)

CHAD MILLNER - #7 - 35-39M

KEVIN O'CONNOR - #4 - 40-44M

MIKE BUENTING - #10 - 40-44M

PETER RAINEY - #19 - 45-49M

DEREK HAGER - #10 - 50-54M

JAMES HANNON - #3 - 55-59M

 

WOMEN:

JASMINE CARLSON - #3 - 25-29W...

New Year, New City, New Competition...

dani-indy.gifBy Dani Fischer

I won’t spend too much time recapping 2014, but wow! What a year. Thinking back to what my goals were heading into 2014, I can’t say that I accomplished all of them, but it was an extremely successful season nonetheless. I was undefeated for all 5 races during the month of June, including a National Championship in Long Course, BOUS, and ITU Chicago, placed a close second to the best amateur in the country, Heather Lendway, at Age Group Nationals in August, and surprised myself with a third overall place at Worlds in September. Even if I didn’t accomplish all of my lofty goals, I can look back on 2014 as a year of great memories both on and off the course that will last a lifetime. None of it would have been possible without the continuous support of my family, my coach Mike McQueen, my friends, my coworkers, and all of those following my journey.

As many of you know, I was granted my pro card shortly after Worlds, as I was planning on debuting at Austin 70.3 in October last year. After a long season, my mind and body were not cooperating due to fatigue, so I decided to forgo Austin and take a much-needed break through the end of September....

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