Surviving the DNF...
Friday, 06 January 2017 23:10
The definitive four-step plan for turning a “did not finish” into a training triumph
DNF (“did not finish”) is perhaps the ickiest phrase in triathlon. The DNF is the dreaded end result where something goes wrong and you’re forced to drop out, whether you wanted to (think: uncooperative stomach, injury) or not (missed a time cutoff). One perplexing element in longer course racing is that you can cross the finish line of a half-iron or iron-distance race and still be an official DNF. This happens especially with time-trial or rolling swim starts, when everyone starts at different times or in...
Making the Most of Winter...
Thursday, 05 January 2017 23:10
By Startribune.com (12/29/16)
Christina Roberts, 30, St. Louis Park
Day job: Catastrophe modeling analyst, Validus Reinsurance
I spend most of my summer training for and racing in triathlons, but once the snow falls, I switch gears to whatever winter activity is available — last year it was cross-country skiing and some fat tire biking. Cross-country skiing is the perfect cross training for me, and I have found that while I can still be competitive while racing, I also get just as much thrill out of being outside and playing around in the snow with friends. Also, watching the sunrise during a morning ski on the freshly groomed trails at Hyland Lake Park Reserve is the best way to start the day.
My favorite ski trails are Hyland Lake and Theodore Wirth Park. Both offer different challenges and terrain for the full spectrum of skiing abilities. We are incredibly lucky that they make snow to give us a head start on the season. When we do get natural snow, the number of places to ski grows exponentially, and I can find great trails at many local golf courses and parks (Battle Creek in east metro, Lake Rebecca and Carver in west metro, etc.). As soon as the first snowflake falls, I’m...
Zipper Moves & Koalas...
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 23:10
By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Race Report - When I started racing 70.3 I never thought I would be in the mix for qualifying to race at the World Championships. A few really good races at the end of 2015 and early 2016 set me up well and I was ranked 20th going in. My main season goal was to race well at Worlds. With a few sub-par races heading into September I made a few tweaks to my training in hopes to give my body and mind the boost they needed heading into the big race. Knowing I didn’t make the time adjustment well when I raced in Europe, I planned to leave for Australia as early as possible. I arrived Tuesday morning, with the race on Sunday I had five days to adjust. Overall the adjustment went well, I was tired early evening and up around 4 am, which lined up well with my race night sleep pattern....
Looking Back...Conquering Couples...
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 23:10
YEAR OF THE COUPLE - 2015 was the year of the Woman in Minnesota. Never was the female tri and du talent pool so deep, until 2016 that is. The additions of Hanna Grinaker, Dani Vsetecka and Erin Hyndman-Farrens strengthened Team Minnesota significantly, and the women age-40 and over were abundant and faster than ever.
Then we juxtapose what was going on among Minnesota's elite amateur men. Four 2015 Team Minnesota members--Bennett Isabella, Nick Nygaard, Brian Sames and Devon Palmer--didn't race in '16. And Mike Ward (#11, who did race once), and Larry Hosch (#12, injured) were not in a position to fill two of the spots.
So, 2016 was also the Year of the Woman, right?
Sure, but it was likewise the year of the Couple. Three boyfriend/girlfriend teams rocked Team MInnesota last year. This is unprecedented. Check them out: ...
Monday, 02 January 2017 23:10
By Bob Timmons (startribune.com)
As fat biking’s popularity has increased in Minnesota, so, too, have the options for organized races and casual rides.
The Fat Wednesday event straddles both ideas with its races at Keller Regional Park in Maplewood.
The concept for such a race, held each Wednesday in January and February and in its third year, started in the mind of Steve Hed, the late bike wheel innovator and founder of HED Cycling. Jeremy Sartain, a massage therapist, had Hed as a patient, and the idea for the fat bike races was born of their shared love of cycling, Sartain said. Hed, 59, of North Oaks died suddenly in November 2014....
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