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Mornings Are All About Rewards...

ted_swim.pngBy Ted Treise (venturetri.com)

It's winter in Minnesota at 5:00AM. The bad news is, is that the temp is somewhere between zero and negative fifty. The good news is, you’re going swimming. As of last September, I’ve been swimming more yards than previously thought possible with the Orca’s Masters Swim Club. Coach Tom Walsh has taken me from being passed like I was a cone on the highway, to my current status of being passed as a Smart Car. The thorny part of this fish club is the start time. We enter the water at a bright and early 5:30AM start time, which means getting up before 5, which means 10PM is a mythical time on the clock in which no human probably ever sees.  Below are my top hacks for making that 5:30 swim time a less zombie like experience.

Setting the Alarm: When setting the early alarm, it’s important to go sometime before 5, even if your mobile training van is HQ’ed in the pools parking lot. This ...

Travel, Marriage, Food & Goofy Disguises...

hah.pngBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

My second pro season was filled with some highs and plenty of lows, coming off a solid 2015 it was tough get my head around the lows. I had high expectations to carry my rising performance level through 2016.

I started the year off early racing in Panama at the end of January with possibly my best performance to date. I swam with the front pack and was able to make a break on the bike to come off the bike over a minute in front of the rest of the pro field.  It was a blazing hot run but somehow I managed to hold on for third.  I could see the fourth place girl not far behind me and I had to dig deep to hold on that last mile which felt endless.  I crossed the line 7 seconds behind 2nd and 7 in front of fourth, it was the...

Gwen's Preggers!

Gwen_preggers.pngBy Liz Hitchens (triathlete.com)

Rio Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen announced on her social media channels yesterday that she’s expecting her first child with husband Patrick Lemieux this August. Both Jorgensen and Lemieux make no secret of their love for great food and chose to follow that theme in their announcement.

The news comes as no surprise as Jorgensen was clear that her post-Olympic plans included starting a family. In an interview following the NYC Marathon (where she ran a 2:41:01 in her debut at the distance) with Triathlete.com back on Nov. 8, Jorgensen laid out what the perfect year from that point would look like: “I get pregnant right now, ...

Orthorexia Isn't Good...

80_20.pngBy Michele Tuttle (usatriathlon.ord)

There’s a secret among nutritionists. We have clients who eat “better” than we do. It’s true. Depending on how you define better, there are many triathletes and others out there who strive to eat the perfect amounts of vegetables and fruits (and only organic and local), who eat no sugar or refined grains (and are gluten-free), and who carefully choose (or exclude) their protein and fat sources based on what they believe to be the most credible sources available (usually a well-known coach, author or academic expert).

In fact, attempting to eat too perfectly has a name. It’s called orthorexia nervosa, and it’s defined as being overly fixated on healthy eating....

Debunking Swimming Myths...

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Front-of-the-pack swimmer Sara McLarty debunks some common beliefs about swimming as a triathlete.

By Sara McLarty (triathlete.com)

1. Freestyle is the only stroke triathletes need to know.
Freestyle is the fastest and most efficient stroke, so it will be used most of the time when completing a long-distance swim. However, every triathlete should have a “safety” stroke to use when they are tired, need to find the buoys or clear their goggles in a race. Plus, learning other strokes works different muscles and keeps things interesting....

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