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Sara Stuff...

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By Newtonrunning.com

 

Sara has been an avid athlete since a very young age. It all started with Nordic ski racing, followed by Sara joining the track team in high school.  She competed in college for the University of St .Thomas and continued her love of running and skiing after college. Sara spent some time coaching both cross country skiing and running at both the high school and collegiate level.

“My running and triathlon career have really taken off the past couple of years with some hard work and some really sweet PRs. I had my first triathlon career win this past summer and took 1st female at the Hixon 50k, which was unexpected and exciting!”   ...

Planning Your 2017 Race Calendar...

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The simple answer to planning your 2017 race calendar is: carefully. How many times this past year did you say or think, “Oh I wish I had planned on doing that race!” and missed out on it once again? Now is the time to start planning, training and budgeting for your best racing year yet!

 

Step One: Goal Setting
Think hard about what your goals are for the year — to run your first-ever triathlon race? Olympic distance? Half IRONMAN? IRONMAN? Set a new PR? Where do you see yourself racing and with whom? Once you have the answers to these questions, the planning will be a lot easier.

 

Step Two: Budgeting
How much are you willing to spend, and maybe sacrifice, on your racing dreams? The bigger the race, the more expensive it can get, and if you need to travel and ship equipment, be sure to budget in those costs as well....

The Art of the DNS...

shoe_sleep.pngFour ways to know that sleeping in on race day might be the best race plan of all.

By Meredith Atwood (triathlete.com)

Heading into Ironman Louisville in 2015, I was extremely positive and hoping to redeem myself from the horrific race (albeit a finish) that was my Ironman Lake Placid a few months earlier. I was feeling hopeful, and ready to race. Then I went on a bike ride about 12 weeks prior to race day and I crashed, landing on the same hip that already dealt with labreal tear issues—the result of the crash? I couldn’t lift my leg to get onto my bike. Small detail. (“Well, get on the other side!” Not that easy. Couldn’t really stand on it single-legged either. Quite a quandary.) Still, I pushed on and I was about 50% better. With less than four weeks until race day, I had finally pushed my riding mileage up to what would be somewhat of an acceptable “Hail Mary” ride distance pre-Ironman, and *WHAM*—my car was...

Goin' Halvsies...Updated...

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Recently, a guy asked us to list the Top 10 fastest half Ironman times by amateur Minnesota men and women in the last three years. We were happy to oblige...

Sub-2:15s...

christina_age_1.pngYesterday we talked about the amateur Minnesota men who had distnguished themselves with sub-2-hour Olympic distance performances in the last two seasons. We discussed some of the reasons why there were significantly more sub-2s in 2015 than 2016.

Today we're looking at the amateur Minnesota women who posted sub-2:15 times at Olympic distance. As with the men, 2015 was a faster year than 2016. And as with the men, the tougher conditions at Omaha Nationals was partly to blame. Also, having Worlds close to home in 2015 had a major effect for the women.

What needs to be mentioned here is that, while fast Olympic times weren't as numerous last season, Minnesota's amateur women totally rocked at sprint--check out the Lake Waconia results!--and half IM. We'll be posting about that in the near future.

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