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Triathletes Need Snacks....

PB-banana.gifBy Laura Antonucci, RD (triathlon.competitor.com)

As a sports dietitian, everyday I answer questions about snacking: “Should I be snacking between meals?” or “How much should I eat for my pre-workout snack?” or “What time should my snack(s) be?” You’ll be happy to hear that yes, triathletes need snacks! Well-timed snacks help you fuel up before and replenish after workouts 1–2 times per day. Mid-afternoon snacks maintain your energy level and prevent you from becoming too ravenous (and thus making bad choices) at dinner. Snacks also provide you...

Marvelous Mankato...

kristin-yard.gifIn recent posts we had discussed the history and talent of Duluth's multisport scene. Today we are doing likewise with the Mankato area's tri/du scene. Here are some stats:

Three Mankato area triathletes have won Minnesota Multisport awards. They are:

- BEKAH HOLT - 2000 Junior of the Year

- NATE KORTEUM - 2001 Rookie of the Year (FYI, Nate is the spousal unit / manager of Sarah Haskins, America's premier non-drafting female triathlete.)

- GREG TAYLOR (6x) - 2012 Master of the Year, 2004 thru 2007 Divisional Dominance (FYI - Named Grand Master of the Year in 2014 after he had relocated to Yankton, SD. He earned the National GMOY award in 2015 and 2014.)

Other Mankatoans who have been nominated for MMAs:

- BEKAH HOLT - 2 x Junior of the Year nominee ...

Duluth's Dynamic Daughters....

michelle-and-bettina.gifYesterday we posted stuff about Josh Blankenheim, Nick Nygaard and Mike Ward, Duluth's top male triathletes. It's only fair that we talk about that great city's most successful female swim-bike-runners. With national star Elaine Nelson on maternity leave in 2016, here are four other talented women who make Duluth proud every time they toe the line at a triathlon:

 

MICHELLE BREILAND, 39 (photo L -with sunglasses)

2015 -

- 5th @ Brewhouse Olympic

 - 7th @ Timberman...

Talented Triumvirate....

joshie-B.gifFor the last two-and-a-half decades, three men have dominated Duluth's multisport scene: Brian Bich, Rhett Bonner and Rod Raymond. These guys are now, or about to be, fifty-genarians and for the last few seasons have not raced as much as in years' past. They've been busy. Brian, a multiple national champion, two-time US AOY nominee and 2008 US MOY, has been busy parenting. Bonner, also a former AG national champ, has been busy saving lives, and Raymond has been busy entrepreneuring like a banshee. Rod seems to open a new restaurant every few days.

While Duluth's original Big 3 have chosen to step out of the limelight for a while, a new triumvirate of local triathletes has taken their place: Josh Blankenheim, Nick Nygaard and Mike Ward....

Stuff About Training Zones...

022216_training-zones.gifBy Ken Johnson (usatriathlon.org)

Every workout needs to be done with a specific purpose in mind, and planned. Training, whether done on your own or following a coaching plan, typically has three dimensions: frequency, duration and intensity. Frequency is how often, and duration how long — distance, e.g., a 1,000-meter swim in the pool, or time, e.g., a one-hour run. Intensity is harder to quantify, but basically means how hard.


If you’ve looked at multisport training plans from a coach or online, you’ll often see intensity specified in terms of training zones. Different coaches may use a different number of training zones, but traditionally in triathlon training we’ve had five zones, known as Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4 and Zone 5. For more advanced endurance athletes, Zone 5 is sometimes subdivided into three zones: Zone 5a, 5b and 5c....

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