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Once a swimmer...

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By Kristina Swenson (kristinaswenson.wixsite.com)

I've always loved the water. Growing up in Minnesota, water is a staple part of being a kid... my favorite summer memories are the weekends spent at the cabin: playing on the beach, jumping on the water trampoline, being flung off tubes, and skiing at sunset. My parents put me in swimming lessons at a young age, wanting me to get comfortable in the water. By the age of 13, I was ready to take the next step and joined a local club swim team. Freshman year, I joined the high school swim team. Thus began one of the best journeys of my life....

All Kids Should Do a Triathlon...

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By MARY RYERSE (usatriathlon.org)
This article was originally published on Getting Smart.

We’ve heard the story too many times – the kid who gets cut from a team never tries out again, or worse, shies away from physical activities altogether.

How about writing a different ending to that story – one that is actually a beginning? Tony Schiller did. He was cut from seven different teams as a kid only to become a six-time world champion amateur triathlete and a finalist for USA Triathlon’s Triathlete of the Year award.

Tony and his colleagues wanted to make sure all kids had a chance to enjoy physical activity so they founded Cycle Health and the BreakAway Kids Tri. They are partnering with schools, families, foundations and pediatric clinics to make a difference....

Maple Grove Tri News....

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2/3/17 – The Maple Grove Tri, presented by Life Time Fitness, is under new local ownership! Krank Productions LLC is a joint venture between Coach Kris Swarthout and Frank Blackstock.

Kris and Frank are not new to producing top level events, they have been producing and managing everything from small local races to large format national level events around the United States since 2010....

The New Rules of Hydration...

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By AC Shilton (outsideonline.com)

Robert Sallis has seen it all. As a medical director for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, he’s spent 20 years watching athletes in every manner of distress get wheeled into the medical tent. He’s seen hyponatremia, or overhydration, a handful of times. He’s seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of dehydration cases. Sallis has even seen athletes show symptoms of both at the same time: they’ve dropped weight over the course of the race, signaling dehydration, but their blood sodium levels are dangerously low, a sign of hyponatremia....

Weight Loss Mistakes...

apples.pngBy Katie Rhodes (usatriathlon.org)

Athletes hire me for performance nutrition personalization, but then to also lose 10 pounds. My clients and I chuckle because, although this is a weight loss goal generalization, most athletes have pounds they want to shed. For example, a common mindset goes like this, “If I could get down to my race weight from (insert year here), when I dominated (insert race here), I will crush 2017.” I get it. You want to be more efficient by meeting performance and weight loss goals, but you also want to look fantastic in your swimsuit and at the New Year’s Eve party. You work hard; I would want to look fantastic too! However, it is understandably difficult to know how to...

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