Is Taking is Easy During the Winter Stupid?
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:10
By Tony Zamora (usatriathlon.org)
Over all the years I’ve been training and coaching, I hear the same question year after year. “Should I be training in the winter?” I recently came across a post in a popular training forum with the same question as well, and the overwhelming response was that you should take it easy between December and March, allowing your body to recover and then slowly build back up for the next year’s racing season.
I am completely against this thought process! Not only will you lose most of what you’ve...
Life is Too Short...
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:10
Chocolate is Not Just for Lovers
By Susan Kitchen (usatriathlon.org)
Life is too short not to indulge once in a while — especially in chocolate. But don’t grab a 3 Musketeers candy bar thinking you are doing your body a favor. Not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate packs the biggest health punch compared to milk and white chocolate.
The secret behind dark chocolate’s powerful punch is the cacao bean, rich in a plant-based organic compound called flavonoids. Flavanols, the primary type of...
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:10
By Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)
I’m racing Ironman Canada in Whistler this season. Why? Why venture up into that barren, desolate wasteland? As you know, I live in Minnesota so I can pretty much see Canada out the window. I’ve been keeping an eye on those shifty Canucks for 26 years but I’ve never gone over to their side of the fence. We did end up building that border fence, right? Anyways, given my strong opinions about their country and people I reckon its time to see if everything I’ve said is true.
On a more serious note, there are a few legitimate reasons to race there. It is a hard bike course but not overly technical. Hard is good, technical is not so great, so hard and not technical is a good combo for me. It hopefully a relatively moderate climate. You don’t see me rushing down to a hot, humid race like Ironman Texas in May. It is in late July, so we’ll have had a few good months of outdoor riding. The timing lines it up with several other...
Screaming Like a Little Girl...
Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:10
ED. Minnesota duathletes totally rocked the national racing scene in 2013.(See yesterday's post.) In the end, three--Dan Hedgecock, Ruth Brennan Morrey and Jenn Scudiero--of our state's best run-bike-runners were named US Duathlete of the Year, two taking the pro titles, the other winning the women's amateur award. The amateur champ was Jenn Scudiero, who sent on these words:
By Jenn Scudiero
I started 2013 with one goal: compete in the ITU Duathlon World Championships. I had never been to the world championships before and I thought it would be a great experience. I also wanted to see what I could accomplish with more consistent training. I really had no idea how to put together a good training plan, especially for an athlete with a full-time job and 2 year old. So, I found someone who did. After a lot of research, I was super excited to start working with coach Jason Digman from Dig It Tri. ...
Three Minnesotans Named US Duathletes of the Year...
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:10
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the 2013 Duathletes of the Year, including the nation’s top age-group, junior and elite duathletes, recognized for outstanding performances in the United States and abroad. The honor, presented by Garmin, is awarded annually by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Committee, following nominations by the Duathlon Committee.
"Duathlon competition results in 2013 highlighted many of our competitive and outstanding athletes,” said Steve Sutherland, chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee Athlete of the Year Subcommittee. “To rise above and stand out in this group as a Duathlete of the Year is truly a great accomplishment."
Alex Arman (St. Charles, Ill.) and Jenn Scudiero (Eagan, Minn. - photo) were named the overall Duathletes of the Year. Arman was the first amateur finisher at the Apple Duathlon, and he finished second in the 25-29 age group at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, where he ...
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