Duluth's Dynamic Daughters....
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:10
Yesterday we posted stuff about Josh Blankenheim, Nick Nygaard and Mike Ward, Duluth's top male triathletes. It's only fair that we talk about that great city's most successful female swim-bike-runners. With national star Elaine Nelson on maternity leave in 2016, here are four other talented women who make Duluth proud every time they toe the line at a triathlon:
MICHELLE BREILAND, 39 (photo L -with sunglasses)
- 5th @ Brewhouse Olympic
- 7th @ Timberman...
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:10
For the last two-and-a-half decades, three men have dominated Duluth's multisport scene: Brian Bich, Rhett Bonner and Rod Raymond. These guys are now, or about to be, fifty-genarians and for the last few seasons have not raced as much as in years' past. They've been busy. Brian, a multiple national champion, two-time US AOY nominee and 2008 US MOY, has been busy parenting. Bonner, also a former AG national champ, has been busy saving lives, and Raymond has been busy entrepreneuring like a banshee. Rod seems to open a new restaurant every few days.
While Duluth's original Big 3 have chosen to step out of the limelight for a while, a new triumvirate of local triathletes has taken their place: Josh Blankenheim, Nick Nygaard and Mike Ward....
"...It Wasn't a Good Day."
Sunday, 27 March 2016 06:10
By Dani Fischer
Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico – Race Report
I was debating all off-season whether to get my feet wet racing in 2016 in Puerto Rico or Monterrey, Mexico. Up until about a month ago, I still hadn’t decided which race I was going to compete in. I had talked to fellow pro Heather Lendway about the possible competition that would be in attendance at either event, and learned it would be stacked either way. I considered this race as a “mini vacation” of sorts, so I ultimately decided on PR due to its tourism and ease of travel (it’s a U.S. territory).
I knew it was going to be hot and humid. I also know I’m not the best racer in those conditions. Going into the race, there was a lot of uncertainty as to how my offseason training was going to prepare me for this race, how the weather would affect me, and how my new nutrition plan would work. Everyone seemed to be confident in me. Everyone, that is, except myself. I knew a lot of variables had to come together for me to have a good day....
Doing Outdoor Stuff is Good....
Friday, 25 March 2016 00:10
By Dr. Brett Oden
Have You Had Your Ecotherapy Today?
While most everyone knows spending time outside makes you happier, we now have scientific proof that it also makes you healthier. Therapy that uses nature as a tool, termed “ecotherapy”, has long been gaining prominence amongst mental health professionals. Studies have shown lowering of depression scores by over 70 % among test subjects taking a walk in nature compared to walking in a shopping mall. While many athletes may say “I’m not prone to depression” and “My workouts should be stressful to be effective”, it is prudent to examine the chemical and physiologic basis of stress and...
Glad to be Done...
Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:10
By Mitchell Hansen (sctimes.com)
ORLANDO, Fla. — Laura Knoblach made history last Friday.
The 21-year-old St. Cloud native became the youngest woman ever to finish a double triathlon, competing in Double ANVIL Ultra Triathlon at Lake Louisa State Park.
The event consists of swimming 4.8 miles, biking 224 miles and running two consecutive marathons for a total of 52.4 miles. Knoblach needed to complete it in under 36 hours.
She finished with a time of 34 hours, 20 minutes and 38 seconds.
"It was long, but went remarkably well," said Knoblach, who is a 2013 graduate of St. Cloud Christian School. "With it being a long race, I was nervous about sleep deprivation, but it wasn't a problem at all....
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