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Relighting the Fire....

az_biker.pngBy Trainingpeaks.com

Time out from sport is more common than many of us might imagine. Breaks from training happen for all different reasons: injury, fatigue and burnout are perhaps the more obvious. Just as often though I've known athletes to have enforced breaks due to pressures such as work, divorce, depression or, alternatively, happy life events such as having a baby or even getting married. Over the years I've had the enormous pleasure of helping many athletes restart their sporting journey. Here are a few proven strategies for getting going and reigniting your motivation for endurance training....

Breaking the Sugar Habit...

sugar.pngBy Matthew Kadey, MS, RD (triathlete.com)

Life is sweet, all right—so sweet that the average American now eats about 129 pounds of caloric sweeteners each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While a dedicated triathlete can get away with consuming a bit more sugar than a couch potato, it’s still a good idea to limit intake for overall better health and performance; a diet high in the sweet stuff is linked to everything from weight gain to diabetes to recovery-impairing inflammation. Plus, high-sugar foods may crowd out other more nutritious options that can better fuel workouts and help repair muscles. But the ubiquitousness of added sweeteners hidden in our food supply can make it a challenge to scale back. Presenting 10 tactics to make your diet a little less saccharine....

7 For 17...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

And, with this post, week one of my month of writing is done. It’s getting easier every day as I let go of it being perfect and instead focus on getting it done – no easy task for someone who’s type A!  ...

Smog, Smoke & Strange Porta Pottys...

Hefei.pngBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Hefei 70.3 Race Report - With the purchase of Ironman by the Wanda group based in China, a few pro races were added in China. After a little research on China I decided it could be a worthwhile trip to take.  There were a few hoops to jump through to get a Chinese Visa, including a letter from the entity that invited you to China, receipts for your flight and hotel stay and a new passport photo, so plan in advance if you ever want to go!

I didn’t have a ton of time off left at work so it would be a short trip, I left early Wednesday morning flying Minneapolis to LA to Shanghai to Hefei. I splurged and used all my sky...

Great Athletes. Great People...

jan_boeas.pngToday we're telling you a little bit about the Top 5 men and women at last year's King Boreas--not a real guy!--Winter Triathlon National Championship. Great athletes. Great people.

1. JOEL LAFRANCE - 1:24:19 - Joel is a decorated nordic skier who became a summer triathlete on the heels of his King Boreas victory. He was nominated for 2016 Minnesota Rookie Triathlete of the Year. He's a really nice guy, too.

2. SEAN COOLEY - 1:25:09 - A recently minted doctor, Sean is a national class summer triathlete. He received four MMA nominations in 2016 and was ranked 2nd on Team MInnesota. Cooley is a veteran of winters tris, having won several of them in his native North Dakota. Also a very nice guy, he has excellent taste in clothes.

3. ANDREW TILMAN - 1:32:00 - We don't much about Andrew, other than he is a skilled classic skier. In 2016 he won the Twin Cities Rennet and placed 3rd at the Seeley Hills Classic. We assume he's a very nice guy, like Joel and Sean....

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