Cow Selfies & Newfound Love....

jacob-and-cow.gifLIFE TIME CROSSTOWN INDOOR TRIATHLON - Last Sunday, LIfe Time Fitness produced 75 indoor tris in the US, 12 of which were here in Minnesota. How cool is that! We are going to semi-cover as many of them as possible. Today, we'll tell you about the Crosstown Indoor in Eden Prairie, which isn't too far from Steve Sander's new house. Steve is a huge Vikings fan and thinks that Teddy Bridgewater might have star potential. He's still pissed about losing to the Bills in the last four seconds.

We digress.

The Crosstown indoor had 31 finishers. The event, like all of LTF's MN indoor tris, consists of a 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute stationary bike ride and a 20-minute treadmill run. A points system is used, though we think a total distance deal would be cool, too. No biggie.

The top point getters were Jacob Foss (87) and Lisa Lendway (84), who placed 2nd overall. Lisa, who is a HOOT!, out-lapped the entire field in the pool (31 - next best was 27 by Ryan Young), biked 22 mph and covered 3.03 miles on the treadmill, which was the second best pedestrian performance of the morning behind Foss (3:06)....


Beware of Training Fads...

ForgetTheFads-561x421.gifBy Bethany Rutledge (triathlon.competitor.com)

The quick, trendy route to better performance seems more appealing than the long, traditional one, but you can’t shortcut your way to lasting results. Our thoughts on running fads to ignore, along with some timeless advice on maximizing your triathlon run performance:

Finding The Perfect Shoe
2011’s Born to Run started the barefoot and minimalist shoe movement, with believers scoffing at “traditional” running shoes.

The truth: Minimalist shoes could work for you if you’re a healthy, lighter runner. But be cautious. Going from thicker-heeled shoes to minimalist versions can wreak havoc on ....

Developing Swim Workouts...

heather-detroit-swim.gifBy Heather Lendway (for gearwestbike.wordpress.com)

Depending on the distance triathlon you’re preparing for I would recommend spending at least three days a week at the pool if you want to see improvement in your times (anything less would likely just maintain your current speed).  One session should concentrate on longer distance sets to help build your aerobic capacity.  Another session should be more quality and speed work; swimming sets at and above your endurance threshold.  The third session should have more focus on technique including stroke work and drills.  If you’re training for an Ironman distance race you may want to get in four or five swim workout each week.   That said, no matter what distance you’re training for, you’ll achieve maximum improvement swimming 4-5 times a week, but anything more would greatly increase your injury risk.   If you can get a couple extra swim workouts in I would add a quality workout then a distance workout...

Former Nail-Biter & Bus-Dweller...

jas-band.gifWARNING: Some of this content may be slightly embellished.

Going "Off Course" - Bemidji-based du/tri-athlete Jasmine Carlson has led, and continues to lead, a very atypical life, one that is extremely interesting and experientially rich. Words that describe her include: Itinerant, entrepreneurial, altruistic, mom, daughter, sister, erudite, musician and fetching.

The charismatic, home-schooled, fluent in Spanish 'cuz she lived in Mexico for a while, 29-year-old neat freak describes her itinerant past and entrepreneurial present:

"I live in an intentional community with my whole family and some transient others and have lived that way for years. We co-parent our kids and own a couple of coffee shops together.

"I traveled for 11 years of my life. In a converted bus. I’ve seen every state but Alaska."


Pretty interesting, huh? Love the hippiesque, Plato vibe. Hope she gets to see Alaska sometime soon. Maybe she could hang out at Sarah Palen's house, which would allow her to see Russia from the back deck....


Indoor Bike Training Doesn't Have to Suck...

bike-trainer.gifSecrets to making trainer time fly. (No mind-numbing needed.)

By Marty Munson (triathlon.competitor.com)

Stop thinking of your indoor trainer as a buzzkill and start thinking of it as what it is: an opportunity. “The biggest advantages are efficiency, safety and the ability to sustain the effort, cadence and wattage you want without interruption,” says Robert Pennino, founder of Terrier Tri in New York City. “The specificity with which you can work on the trainer can’t be replicated outside.” Not to mention the fact that pros including Tyler Stewart and Andy Potts are tearing up their share of bike courses while reportedly doing most of their training indoors.

So how do you make gains on the bike trainer without losing your mind? A few secrets from the experts: ...

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