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"...It Wasn't a Good Day."

dani-head-down.gifBy 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....

outdoor-runner.gifBy 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...

laura-knoblach.gifBy 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....

Worth the Puke & Unhappy Hammies...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Only in Minnesota do you wake up to two inches of fresh snow on race morning. I’d been stalking the weather all week, but nowhere did it say it would be measurable!  ...

People Stuff...

dani-boat.gifDIMPLES GIRL - Second-year pro DANI FISCHER, originally from Rochester, now residing in Indianapolis, raced at Puerto Rico 70.3 last Sunday. Fischer, the (amateur) US Duathlete of the Year and AOY HM in 2014 and Elite DOY in 2015, raced solidly in the first two phases but lost a huge amount of ground in the run, which is very, very uncharacteristic. Dani is one of the fastest runners in our sport. Off the bike, she appeared to be headed for a Top 5, but ultimately had to settle for 9th (4:42:31). We've asked Dani, who we miss immensely, to write a race report. RESULTS

 

UPPERS & COMERERS - Who is going to be the next big (amateur) star here in Minnesota? Who is going to give MATTHEW PAYNE a run for his money in '16?  ...

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