Is R.I.C.E. All Wrong?


By Jim Thornton (life.spartan.com)

It’s the most famous acronym in sports medicine, a household term as familiar to athletes as the physicians who treat them: R.I.C.E., for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Legendary sports doc, Gabe Mirkin, M.D., coined R.I.C.E. in his 1978 bestseller, The Sportsmedicine Book. In the four decades since, his memorable protocol—especially the ice and rest components—have become an article of faith among wounded warriors everywhere.

Tweak your ankle, throw out your back, strain your rotator cuff, or upset any other soft tissue during exercise? R.I.C.E. it right away! If no ice bag is available, slap a bag of frozen vegetables onto your aggrieved part. By icing an injury within the first golden hour of sustaining it, you’re virtually guaranteed of not only reducing pain but speeding recovery. Ditto for rest—taking time off to let things settle down will prevent further damage and also expedite healing. Everybody knows this, right?

But what if R.I.C.E. is wrong?    ....

Narrowing the Choices...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS – Today we are looking at possible female MASTER OF THE YEAR nominees. As with the men, there are a plethora of possibilities. The committee has narrowed the field to the following 11 athletes, four of whom will receive official nominations next week.

  • JENNIFER FITZHARRIS-FUNK, 42, Minneapolis (photo)

  •  - JFF reached the overall women's podium twice in 2017
  • DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes 

  •  - Scorecard is highlighted by two outright wins and at least three masters records.
  • ANGELA KIDD, 40, Chanhassen

  •  - Excelled at 70.3.
  • CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 52, Bemidji - two-time MOY nominee

  •  - Christel finished her season with an overall women's win / masters' record at Superior Man 70.3.

A Plethora of Possibilities...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS – Today we are looking at possible male MASTER OF THE YEAR nominees. There are a plethora of possibilities. The committee has narrowed the field to the following 16 athletes, four or five of whom will receive official nominations.

  • DAN ARLANDSON, 41, Burnsville

1st overall @ Shell Lake

3rd overall / 1st master @ Superior Man – 4:12:59 - MR

4th overall / 1st master @ Door County Half IM

7th overall / 2nd master @ Liberty Half

  • EMMANUE DARNE, 45, Woodbury

2nd @ Superior Man 41.5 – MR

3rd / 1st master @ New Bri

6th / 2nd master @ Chisago Sprint

  • GREG DUMMER, 46, Minneapolis

2nd / 1st master @ Maple Grove Sprint

2nd / 1st master @ Big Lake Sprint...

Mental Resiliency & Shared Vulnerability...



ED. Here is an awesome article about Ruth Brennan Morrey, who we are proud to say will be the Guest Speaker at Tri Night '17 at Gear West Bike & Triathlon on November 4. Great photo by Nick Morales.


By Jay Prasuhn (triathlete.com)

As a former Olympic Trials marathon runner, Ruth Brennan Morrey is one of the quickest finishers in any pro field, with race-best run splits that earned her fourth-place finishes at Ironman Arizona last fall and at 70.3 Monterrey this spring. She’s also likely to be the most cerebral athlete on any race start list, with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. The mother of three from Rochester, Minn., understands better than anyone the mental gymnastics our minds go through in training and racing.

A critical element in triathlon is self-belief, but self-belief lies along a spectrum that needs to be continually built upon and honed—whether you’re a tri newbie, ITU Olympian or Ironman athlete.

Without fear, we would have limited courage, and without some stress and anxiety, we would have limited drive that leads us to undertake challenges that make our lives so rewarding. Understanding our own thought quality and our ability to manage emotions will ultimately impact achievement at all levels....

The Grand Masters of 2017...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Of the twenty-three athletes that have been researched in this coed category--GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR--the MMA Committee has narrowed the field to eight. The resumes of these athletes will be scrutinized, and the top 4-5 will be announced as the official GMOY nominees early next week.

Here are the aforementioned eight, and their competitive highlights:

- MIKE FLYNN, 67, Elk River

1st AG @ Oakdale Duathlon

1st AG @ Trinona Sprint

1st AG @ Heart of the Lakes

1st AG @ Maple Grove


- JAN GUENTHER, 58, Mound

- 5th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Waconia - AGR

- 7th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Minnetonka - 1st 50+

- 8th overall / 1st 50+ @ Heart of the Lakes - AGR  ....

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