Cool Stuff & Kinda Sad Stuff...



Lots of unpredictable stuff happened during the 2017 season, some of which was very cool, some of which was somewhat sad. Let's look at some of those things.



- Three women--GABY BUNTEN, CHRISTINA ROBERTS, KORTNEY HAAG--were legitimate Triathlete of the Year candidates. Typically, there is a clear choice. Very cool!

- BRIAN SAMES and his girlfriend TORI NUGENT had twins who they tell apart by their hats! 

- Team Minnesota featured three first timers: NATHAN ANSBAUGH, MAGGIE WEISS and KELLY TROM.



- 2017 Everthing of the Year HANNA GRINAKER was not nominated for awards, nor did she earn a spot on Team MInnesota. It felt weird not to have her in the mix. She only raced in three multis, in which she had impressive results:

2nd @ Apple (behind Dani Vsetecka's POY-nominated win) ...

Winter Tri Preview...



KING BOREAS WINTER TRIATHLON 2018 PREVIEW - We're writing this on Monday afternoon and it's snowing like a banshee. This gladdens our hearts 'cuz we LOVE snow and all the ways that it can be played in.

We are also stoked that this means that Saturday's King Boreas Winter Triathlon will actually be a triathlon, not a du like it was in 2017. Please note that a du is included as part of the program, but is not part of the National Championships.

The race is expecting about 100 entrants, which is awesome. Winter tri is a relatively new sport  in the US, and there aren't enough races to justify specific training. Unlike our European counterparts, there are few, if any, dedicated winter triathletes in America.

We'd love to see that change, and Jeremy Sartain and Coack K are doing their part to help that along.

In it's 3rd year, the King B is a HOOT! Less a cutthroat competitive race than an athletic experience. More than anything else, it's a celebration of winter in Minnesota.It is, after all, an official St. Paul Winter Carnival event.

Because it is what we do, we are going to preview the race, concentrating on the frontrunners and making predictions. The first prediction that we'll make is that everyone will love it, even those who are on skis for the first time.

So who are the Top Guys, in our humble opinion? ...

King B - A Look Back...



The King Boreas Winter Tri & Du is a cool event, a true celebration of outdoor winter activity in our region. Though it's a national championship, it is first and foremost a fun event. For most, it will be a recreational event....

Flying to Races Doesn't Have to Suck...



By Matt Dixon (tiathlete.com)


Long gone are the days when flying was fun! Or so we’re told by those who remember the days of in-flight meals and sharp-dressed passengers. Today, flying is downright unpleasant. For athletes, getting from city to city can cause huge disruptions to workout schedules, recovery, sleeping, and eating schedules not to mention suffering through flight delays and cramped conditions.

From choosing flight times to dealing with delays, reducing swelling and flight fatigue, Matt Dixon’s book Fast-Track Triathlete offers two dozen smart ways athletes can ensure that air travel impacts them less. Here are eight travel tips for athletes to make your next flight more “Meh.” and less, “Argh!”

Maintaining Nutrition and Hydration

Make it your mission to be appropriately fed, hydrated, rested, and as limber as possible. However, you don’t want to consume too many calories. Going into a flight even a little bit hungry or semi-fasting is preferable to eating heavy foods like a burger and fries or fish and chips at the airport....

Super Simple Half IM Training Plan...



ED. Minnesota has several great half IMs--Liberty, Chisago, Superior Tri and the resurrected Square Lake Half. You don't have to leave the state to get your long course fix. We hope that your 2018 schedule includes at least one of the aforemention races.


Matt Fitzgerald provides a simple-to-follow 16 week training plan for the half Ironman distance.


By Matt Fitzgerald (triathlete.com)


Variety is overrated in triathlon training. It’s certainly important, but coaches often make it out to be more important than repetition when the opposite is true. There are only a handful of workout types that you need to include in your training program. You can practice these basic types of workouts in all kinds of different ways, and doing so may make the training process more interesting for you, but there is no particular physiological advantage of complex training compared to basic training....

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