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RileyP.gifBy Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com)

And then there were 4...

First off, the big news... this tiny, hairy human now lives at my house...

His name is Riley Harrison Payne and he seems reasonably chill for being 0 years old.

Bling Bling

The 2014 multisport racing campaign garnered a genuine buttload of post-season hardware. USAT named me the 2014 Duathlete of the Year, and in what was a complete surprise to me, named me an honorable mention for Triathlete of the Year.

Closer to home, I took home 4(!) Minnesota Multisport Awards this time around: Triathlete of the Year, Duathlete of the Year, Long Distance Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year. As is my style, I went a tiny bit too hard at the awards ceremony and most likely made a drunken ass of myself every time Jerry handed me the mic. Good times....

Stuff About Embracing Pain...& Results....

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BONUS STUFF: WEEKEND RESULTS

Gear West Duathlon - LINK

Land Between the Lakes Du - LINK

TRF Sandford Health Tri - LINK

LESPRIT De SHE - LAKEVILLE - L

Take your performance to the next level by learning to embrace discomfort.

By Mackenzie Lobby (triathlon.competitor.com)

Compared to the general populace, multisport buffs are as tough as they come. There’s even research to back up that contention. To gain an understanding of what accounts for that tenacity, a new study sought to examine the important link between pain and performance. Indeed, those who are able to push harder and longer are usually the ones who end up atop the podium on race day.

Published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers had a group of cyclists perform sprint interval tests on bikes, giving them either 1.5 grams of acetaminophen (pain reliever, aka generic Tylenol) or a placebo prior to exercise. They then monitored their power output and heart rate during each sprint, finding that when they took acetaminophen, the participants had a significantly greater mean power output....

Simple Keys to Success...

charisa.gifBy Charisa Wernick


Often when people ask me what the hardest workout I do is, I reply that it’s not a single workout at all. The hardest part of training is doing these workouts day after day after day. In other words: consistency. Doing a hard workout once brings small benefits. But being able to do hard workouts consistently month after month, in short, yields results.


Putting in the time
A large part of training for a long-course triathlon simply involves putting in the time. It can be easy to get caught up in intensity and heart rate zones or watts, and these training tools can definitely help improve performance. However, many times simply spending time swimming, biking and running consistently will lead to improvements in racing.
Six-time IRONMAN champion Heather Wurtele says consistency is probably the most important aspect of her training, and is responsible for her consistent improvement over the years. "I think people assume that they have to have these epic sessions—and of course there is a time and place for high- ...

Living Fully & Maximizing Performance...

ager.gifLegendary triathlon coach Brett Sutton writes about how a balanced work life may be the key to enhancing your performance on the race course.

By Brett Sutton

One of the predicaments with our sport being such a time consuming hobby is in how we “fit in” those other aspects of life—school, family, friends and work—that make us who we are.

Since starting our age group coaching it has been one of those pleasant synergies we come across, as balance, and getting it right, is crucial to all levels of performance. Yet over the last six months I’ve heard many of our [age groupers] express their envy of our pros who have the freedom to just train and do nothing else.

While it no doubt helps, it may not always be the performance advantage you think it is....

Thinking About Important Stuff...

ma-and-hubby.gifBy Michelle Andres (teamandresjourney.blogspot.com)

Yep…I’ve decided after two weeks that life is just too darn short for me to not have a little sugar in my life and I don’t have the “fight in me” to put training first.  In my last blog I talked about discipline and sacrifice and putting it all out there…here are some of the bits from my last post…

HOWEVER…I know I have more in me.
This last week I finally felt at peace with all the decisions and changes that have happened lately and I’m ready to go all in for IM Wisconsin.
So here it is…I’m giving up all junk food until I cross the finish line at IM Wisconsin.
GAME ON!!  I’ll keep you posted on all that entails along with more on the journey to getting my CR back and setting a new PR.

This last weekend I headed to Madison to get out on the course and try to find the passion for IM and racing.  I learned many things about myself in the few quiet long beautiful days riding my bike....

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