May Report Card...

Sheena-Dauer-PT1.gifPP-wedding.gifIsaac.gifPhotos - Sheena Dauer, Patrick Parish and Isaac.

With a little more than a month of racing in the books, a couple of MMA Committee members thought it would be cool to highlight some of the great stuff that happened in May (and late April). These are "mock" awards, meaning that we don't have any stuff to give to the winners.Please know that if we had stuff to give, we'd totally give it. Maybe we can talk Devon Palmer into giving Peace Coffee, which is awesome, to the winners.

Also know that we made up the categories.

INSPIRATIONAL DUATHLETE OF THE MONTH - ISAAC - Isaac is blind and physically challenged and he totally ROCKED at the Apple Kids Duathlon....

The Run/Walk Method...

ironman2.gifAPPLE DUATHLON - Today's Apple Duathlon was awesome! A great prelude to Nationals in two weeks. Words and photos coming soon. RESULTS.

Depending on your goals, a run/walk method could get you to the finish line faster—and in greater comfort.

By MacKenzie Lobby Havey (triathlon.competitor.com)

For some triathletes, the idea of walking during the run portion of a race is out of the question. You’d rather shamble along with your last ounce of energy and fall across the finish line than walk, right? New research suggests that you should give yourself a break, showing that in longer races like a half or full iron-distance, walk breaks might be a good idea.

For the study, German researchers looked at what differences might exist between runners who used a run/walk strategy in a marathon (running for a minute and a half and then walking for a minute) and those who simply ran the entire race. They were interested in not only who was faster, but also who felt better upon crossing the finish line.....

The Stuff in Matt's Life...

RileyP.gifBy Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com)

And then there were 4...

First off, the big news... this tiny, hairy human now lives at my house...

His name is Riley Harrison Payne and he seems reasonably chill for being 0 years old.

Bling Bling

The 2014 multisport racing campaign garnered a genuine buttload of post-season hardware. USAT named me the 2014 Duathlete of the Year, and in what was a complete surprise to me, named me an honorable mention for Triathlete of the Year.

Closer to home, I took home 4(!) Minnesota Multisport Awards this time around: Triathlete of the Year, Duathlete of the Year, Long Distance Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year. As is my style, I went a tiny bit too hard at the awards ceremony and most likely made a drunken ass of myself every time Jerry handed me the mic. Good times....

Stuff About Embracing Pain...& Results....



Gear West Duathlon - LINK

Land Between the Lakes Du - LINK

TRF Sandford Health Tri - LINK


Take your performance to the next level by learning to embrace discomfort.

By Mackenzie Lobby (triathlon.competitor.com)

Compared to the general populace, multisport buffs are as tough as they come. There’s even research to back up that contention. To gain an understanding of what accounts for that tenacity, a new study sought to examine the important link between pain and performance. Indeed, those who are able to push harder and longer are usually the ones who end up atop the podium on race day.

Published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers had a group of cyclists perform sprint interval tests on bikes, giving them either 1.5 grams of acetaminophen (pain reliever, aka generic Tylenol) or a placebo prior to exercise. They then monitored their power output and heart rate during each sprint, finding that when they took acetaminophen, the participants had a significantly greater mean power output....

Simple Keys to Success...

charisa.gifBy Charisa Wernick

Often when people ask me what the hardest workout I do is, I reply that it’s not a single workout at all. The hardest part of training is doing these workouts day after day after day. In other words: consistency. Doing a hard workout once brings small benefits. But being able to do hard workouts consistently month after month, in short, yields results.

Putting in the time
A large part of training for a long-course triathlon simply involves putting in the time. It can be easy to get caught up in intensity and heart rate zones or watts, and these training tools can definitely help improve performance. However, many times simply spending time swimming, biking and running consistently will lead to improvements in racing.
Six-time IRONMAN champion Heather Wurtele says consistency is probably the most important aspect of her training, and is responsible for her consistent improvement over the years. "I think people assume that they have to have these epic sessions—and of course there is a time and place for high- ...

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