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USOC Athlete of the Month...

gwen-london.gifBy Triathlete.com

The United States Olympic Committee today announced Gwen Jorgensen as its female Athlete of the Month for May for her back-to-back gold medals in the ITU World Triathlon Series last month.

Read the announcement from USA Triathlon below:

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) successfully defended her WTS title in Yokohama on May 17, connecting with the lead pack on the 1,500-meter swim and 40-kilometer bike before running a 33:43 10k to win by nearly 40 seconds. Then, on May 31, Jorgensen raced to her best finish in London’s Hyde Park, earning her fifth World Triathlon Series title and tying for the most series wins in history with Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN). With her...

Getting "Hangry"....

shining_johnny.gifBy Susan Lacke (triathlon.competitor.com)

For better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; and for every time I have to tell my grumpy triathlete to eat a candy bar.

Scientists have given us yet another reason to refuel properly after long rides: it may save your relationship. A new study suggests that the notion of being “hangry”—so hungry you’re angry—is a real thing.

In a study of more than 100 married couples, low blood glucose levels were correlated with increased feelings of annoyance, anger and...

AG Athletes of the Month...

tracy-speed.gifThe Minnesota Multisport Awards Selection Committee (MMA Selectors) congratulate Tracy Serreyn (photo L) and Hank Larsen, their May "Age Group Athletes of the Month." Tracy and Hank were selected ahead of the following non-open-class, i.e. 19U ans 40+, athletes, all of whom enjoyed great racing success in May:

ANNE GRABOWSKI, 46, Minneapolis

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Blaine Triathlon

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

SHERI SCHROCK, 59, Cohasset

1st AG @ Gear West Duathlon

1st AG @ Oakdale Duathlon

1st AG @ Chain of Lakes Triathlon

2nd AG @ Apple Duathlon...

Goal Setting & Plug Pulling...

images7.gifBy Dan Hedgecock (danhedgecock.com)

Every year I’m surprised when it’s time to start racing. In January winter feels like it will never end, especially living here in Minnesota. In January it’s always easy to list off ten things I want to accomplish, ways I’m going to train differently this season, nagging problems that I’m going to resolve once and for all – all of these things vaguely outlined and scheduled for a few weeks down the road because I have plenty of time to get started later.

Then all of a sudden, it’s time to race and I haven’t checked off half the things in my mental list, much less gotten into shape. Then I race to catch up, jam in too much in too little time, get in shape, race a lot, struggle with the same issues and before I know it September has shown up and I’m feeling pretty worn down in general.

Last season was very mediocre. My races were all very mediocre. I usually finished 1 or 2 spots out of the money and feeling like I ‘just didn’t have it.’ Training was mediocre. It was a pretty uninspiring year all told. It wasn’t terrible, just really mediocre. I finished Lifetime Chicago last August and pulled the plug on the whole year....

Payne & Hankee Are "Athletes of the Month"...

matt-riding.gifThe Minnesota Multisport Awards Selection Committee have named Matthew Payne (photo L) and Diane Hankee (photo below)  Minnesota Athletes of the Month for May, 2014. This monthly acknowledgement applauds amateur athletes in our state that the MMA Selectors believe deserve special recognition.

Their criteria is “organic,” which is to say that all arguments supporting an athlete can be considered. Put another way, the selections are as subjective as they are objective. Yes, they consider times, places, racing volume, field quality, course records and such. But they also look for things like “career trajectory” and “pleasant surprises.” ...

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