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Five Good Reasons to do Cinco!

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RACE PREVIEW - Every Minnesota multisport event has a lot of good reasons why you should sign-up. Some have more of those good reasons than others. The CINCO DU MAYO Long and Short course duathlons, which will celebrate its eleventh anniversary next Saturday, is one of those "more good reasons" events. 

Let's list a few of those reasons:

- SCENERY - Staged at Square Lake Park, the environs could not be more scenic.

- COURSES - Yes, they are challenging, but multisporters are challenge-seekers, right? And you won't find prettier courses anywhere in the upper Midwest.

- VIBE - Sure, some serious folks will be there, but first and foremost, Cinco is an event for the recreational athlete, an excuse to celebrate healthy living and embrace our beautiful state and our outstanding quality of life here...

My Every Damn Day List...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

Winter was rough this year – the dark subzero days just never seemed to end. Maybe getting through a Minnesnowta winter is another form of endurance training? Like any race, there was a lotof positive self-talk to remind me that there was no possible way it could stay cold and snowy and bundled in an ankle-length down jacket forever… right? (For the record, I wore mine nearly every day from October to mid-April this year – seven months, people!)

In addition to the positive self-talk, there were also little things I did to keep my spirits up. Pretty mundane things, actually, but nonetheless they brought small moments of sunshine + happiness to each day. I didn’t have a name for them until I read a blog post from Yes and Yes

The every damn day list. 

Ah-ha! ...

Snorkels Are Legal! Who Knew?

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By Allie Burdick (usatriathlon.org)

 

No one chooses triathlon it for its simplicity. With so many moving parts and countless pieces of equipment and gear, it’s easy to overlook or simply disregard an argument for one more thing to add to your seemingly endless packing list. However, there is a tool that not only helps execute one of the most nerve-wracking disciplines of the sport but is also lightweight, inexpensive and legal to use in any USA Triathlon Sanctioned Race in the U.S. What is this magic device? A snorkel.

 

A little-known fact is the snorkel is completely legal to use without restriction and without penalty in USA Triathlon racing events in the United States. We reached out to Certified Official Tom Reilly for full disclosure:

“Snorkels are legal equipment for use by triathletes under the USA Triathlon competitive rules. USAT rules outline what you cannot do versus what you can do. Swimming conduct is covered under Article IV in the USATriathloncompetitiverules. Nowhere under Article IV ...

Tri - nology: Check it Out!

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Also from Gear West:

 

Tuesday Night Run: Gear West
Meet at 6:00 PM at Gear West Run store 
Address: : 1786 Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN 55356
We meet at the run store and have several options including the Luce Line gravel trail, paths and quiet roads or single track trail running in the woods.  Distances and paces to match all abilities. 60-90min, NO DROP RUN, More info here: Tuesday Night Trail Runs! ...

Ripping Off the Band-Aid...

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By Mitchell Clayton (mitchellclaytontriblog.wordpress.com)
 
(Posted on January 11, 2018 by Mitch)
 

Last racing season was weird. I didn’t train at all in the off-season, I took all of June off to train, I raced 4 times in July (with sub-par results), and I took all of August off of racing to prepare for my first half-ironman at the end of August (which was going GREAT until a bike crash and then a flat tire).  This was substantially different than the 5 prior seasons, which involved off-season training and 10-12 sprints throughout the summer.

If last season was weird, my 2018 racing season is going to be freaky.

Let’s just rip the Band-Aid off, and then I’ll explain myself. Buckle-up.  Here it goes.

In 2018, I’m racing 2 marathons and 2 half-ironmans.

Yep, you read that right.  No sprints (well, maybe 1 or 2 if I would otherwise have a bike and run workout that day), 2 long distance triathlons, and 2 MARATHONS (if you know anything about my triathlon performances, my run has always been comparatively weak). Now, I’ll try to justify my bad decision making for all the critics out there (the 1 or 2 of you who actually read my stuff)...

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