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Train Your Weaknesses. Race Your Strengths...

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“Train your weaknesses, race your strengths” should be your cycling mantra during the off-season and pre-season. With the use of a power meter, you can effectively target your weak areas early, then roll into a more balanced program as race season approaches. Here’s how.

Start by getting familiar with your power curve, the visual plot of your best efforts over different time periods. The slope of the curve, plus information you already...

8 Week Plan For Beginners...

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You can do a triathlon! Follow this road map to cross your first triathlon finish line in just eight weeks.

By Lance Watson (triathlete.com)

If you’re brand new to triathlon, trying to figure out training for swimming, cycling and running in an organized progression can be a little daunting. Sprint triathlons—which vary but are typically around a 750-yard swim, 12-mile bike and 3-mile run—are a great entry point to the sport and achievable for anyone committed to following this eight-week plan for building endur- ance. This program will help remove some of the training mystery for the triathlon rookie!  ...

Fun Bringer: Rick Wheeler...

monkey_attack.pngWe all know people who "bring the fun" wherever they go. Minnesota's tri and du scene certainly has more than its share of fun bringers, folks that elevate the experiece for those around them, whether in training, or at races.

Several fun bringing race directors come to mind:  Uncle Randy, Doobie K, Mark Bongers, Dave Schutz, Rod Raymond and his evil twin, Matt Evans. These guys are HOOTS! As a community, we're lucky to have them working for us.

And they're not the only ones, of course.

There are lots of athletes that bring it, funishly speaking, to the events they enter. Do you know Rick Wheeler? He lives in Bloomington, works in Hastings, where he is a high school counselor, and has a wife--Lisa--who is a much better triathlete than he is, but he doesn't care. Life is just too dang good to let "small stuff" get in the way....

Observations & Stuff...

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 - NEW MASTERS - MATTHEW PAYNE and DIANE HANKEE are turning forty this year, and we expect them to uphold the world class standards set for men by TONY SCHILLER, BRIAN BICH and KEVIN O'CONNOR, and, for women, JAN GUENTHER, all of whom have finished at, or near, the top of the Team Minnesota rankings a time or two since entering Masterhood.

 

 

- SCHEDULE STUFF - At last glance, there were 61 adult multisport events on Minnesota's 2017 multisport calendar. This list includes ...

Minnesota's Talented Teens..

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Last week, one of the MTN Guys discussed the 2017 season with a parent of an up-and-coming pair of junior triathletes. He was hoping to enroll his sons in some of the more high profile races. If one or both of them have a successful season, perhaps a Junior of the Year nomination would follow.

 

The dad was aware that three of the four JOY nominees from 2016 have aged-up, and thus no longer eligible for consideration. Mitchell Clayton (JOY), Kristina Swenson and Alison Crum have or will turn 20 this year. Lauren Steinke, 17, is still elgible for a nomination and will enter the season as the frontrunner for the JOY '17 award...

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