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Best-Triathlon-Running-shoes.pngBy Bobby McGee (Usa Triathlon Magazine)

As an age-group triathlete, you don’t have to run high mileage to be a good triathlon runner

If you want to run well off the bike, be bike fit. No amount of run training is going to deliver a great run for you in a triathlon without fully considering bike demands. Too often triathletes expect run training without sufficient conditioning work in the saddle to deliver a great run off the bike. Three-time ITU world champion and great runner Peter Robertson said he never fared well in major races when he was super run fit, but he ran great when he was bike fit. The idea is to be fitter than the bike ride requires in order to buffer your ability to run....

"...A Day to Remember"...

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By Nicole Heininger (nicoleheininger.wordpress.com)

 

Hawaii Ironman Race Report - Yesterday was exactly two months since the Ironman World Championship race. I have to admit, it has taken me this long to post my race recap partially because I had a hard time fully comprehending all my thoughts and emotions post race. To sum it up: the experience itself was amazing and my support crew was phenomenal….now if you want details keep reading!

First and foremost, I couldn’t be happier about having this opportunity. Not only was I healthy and able to race in the Ironman World Championship race, I finished and I had the support of so many, who not only got me to Hawaii, but kept me going that day. I am so grateful for the experience and will remember it forever. I was extremely blessed to have Jen Harrison coach me through it all and I can’t thank her enough. Likewise, I am thankful for all those who had a part in getting me to Kona, because without their support this experience wouldn’t have been possible. Big thanks to Eickhof Columbaria Inc., Hed Cycling and NOW Bikes and Fitness. Lastly, to my family and friends on the course, I couldn’t have done it without you. The support and encouragement was...

Cathy's Masters Thesis...

CY_matterhorn.pngNot long ago we received this email from Minnesota's Triathlete of the Decade (2001-2010), Cathy Yndestad, who is finishing her Masters degree at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland:

As part of my master's thesis at the University of Lucerne, I am conducting research on Mobile Fitness Technology trends. By understanding behaviors and usage patterns, health promotion professionals can design and implement more valuable tools to improve user experience and encourage lasting behavior change.

Mobile Fitness Technology refers to applications which provide an array of fitness programs and advice related to physical fitness. This can include activity tracking, activity logging, and online coaching systems. MyMoves, Strava and MyFitnessPal are examples of mobile fitness applications.

Mobile Fitness Technology also includes wearable devices such as heart rate monitors, activity trackers and GPS units, which are used to monitor your physical activity. Garmin, Fitbit, and Polar are common brands of wearable fitness devices....

The All Star Team...

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Yesterday we revealed some of the reasoning behind the determination of men's Team MInnesota. Today we attempt to make sense out of the women's list.

The reason we use the expression "make sense" here, is that the women's talent pool is deeper than ever, and the ladies are, more than ever, very evenly matched.

When discussing the men's list, we described the 4th and 5th positions as basically interchangeable. On the women's list, it can be argued the positions two through ten are somewhat interchangeable. We could argue that there was a nine-way tie for 2nd, and not be too far off. We, therefore, do not look at women's Team Minnesota as a ranking of athletes, but as an All Star Team.

Let's look at the list:   ...

Men's Team Minnesota: Why...

andy_bike.pngToday we discuss the determination of Team Minnesota, starting with the men. The five Selectors scrutinized the resumes of 25-30 viable candidates and ranked their top 12-15. The points (1st place - 1 point, 2nd place - 2 points etc.) are then totalled, and the Top 10 is determined. It is rare for a Selector's personal list to be the same as the final rankings.

 

The rankings are based on resume only, not reputation. An athlete's competitive history does not give him or her an advantage, at least that's the goal.

 

Here are the Top 10 guys, and some explanation for their placement. Please know that, invariably, certain positions are basically interchangeable. We'll explain as we go along....

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