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Payne Train is DOY...

dani-and-diane.gif(YndeCam Photo - Dani and Diane leading the way at Du Nationals.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - Never in the history of the MMAs has there been so many viable DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR candidates. Limiting the number of nominees to just four meant that several very successful run-bike-runners did not make the cut.

Like who, you ask?

Like 2013 US DOY Jenn Scudiero (three wins in seven du starts), 2009 US DOY Kevin O'Connor (four starts including a podium at Sprint Nationals), Bennett Isabella (six du starts, four Top 5s, podium at Sprint Nationals), Brian Sames (five starts, three podiums including one win), Jas Carlson (five starts, two runner-up finishes), Joe Johnson (seven starts, three podiums, including ...

"...Gave My Dog a Mohawk"...

miles-mohawk.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

 

I survived the toughest 2 weeks of the year, my mini-off season! Actually it wasn't so tough this year. In just under 24 months (Sept 9, 2012 - Sept 7 2014) I did 4 Ironmans, an open marathon, and countless other distance tris, dus, cycling time trials and running races so my body definitely needed a little break. I always miss training and usually I start sneaking light workouts in by the end of the first week but this year I happily committed to a full 14 days off to recover without a single swim, bike or run workout. I took quite a few full days of rest, did half a dozen yoga classes, took my "big" dog on long walks, and tried 2 crossfit WODs. I am big believer in active recovery and often times find that for me light swims, bikes, walks, core workouts or yoga classes recover my body better then total rest towards the end of a resting/recovery period....

Mind-Body Reboot...

pump-boots.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

When the season ended I was pretty ready for a break. I took some time away from the bike and away from running. I took a week or so to get back into workout mode for each sport before I added some more structured workouts again. It was a much needed reboot for my mind and body. I haven’t taken time away from the pool yet but I had a few down weeks, I’m sure I’ll have a more extended break from the pool at some point this winter.

A few weeks back into workouts, I’m still far from the fitness level I had over the summer but I’m starting to feel like a triathlete again. My nagging hamstring pain has calmed down quite a bit as I’ve been trying to work more on glute strength to help alleviate this. I also recently got a pair of...

Coming the Farthest the Fastest...

dani-running.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Here's a cursory explanation of how the women's MOST IMPROVED winner was determined.

DANI FISCHER won the award. 

In 2013, the Wausau, Wisconsin pharmacist won a number of small events--Devil's Challenge, Woodson, Pardeeville, Unite Duathlon--in her adopted home state (she's originally from Rochester, MN) and placed 20th overall / 9th in her AG at Nationals. A pair of Wisconsin women--Cindi Bannink and Bailey Hinz--were on the national radar, but Fischer was not.

This year Dani is in the running for both the USAT AOY and DOY. She'll probably win the DOY and finish 2nd to St. Paul's Heather Lendway for the AOY. Additionally, she is ranked 2nd on Team Minnesota 2014. In ...

Relying on Our "Numbers Nerd"...

3yngjg0mu7.gifED. Stephen Bullard has been an invaluable member of the MMA Selection Committee since 2002. This year the Selectors were split on who to name as Male Master of the Year. We relied on Stephen, the Committee's resident numbers nerd, who has developed a very conservative age-grading system, to change some minds.

 

By Stephen Bullard

Minnesota Multisport Awards - This year's men's master award (40-59) was age graded, meaning older triathletes times in this category are handicapped to compare results and times for award purposes. After researching age graded calculators for swimming, biking, and running, a system of handicapping was developed to even the playing field and to allow comparison of a 41 year old  against the results of a 56 year old. Basically, the formula assumes in a triathlon, where the bike leg time makes up roughly half of the total time to complete triathlons, the triathlete will slow down .7% in time each year after 40....

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