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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.” ...

Practice Does NOT Make Perfect...

lane-swimmer.gifBy Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com)


You know what they say: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But not always. And I’m here to tell you that you really can improve your freestyle by fewer miles. There are three tools that you can use toward this end: swimming slower, watching other swimmers and visualization.

Swimming Slower
Vince Lombardi said it best: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” In swimming, the effort to go fast often results in imperfect practice. You’re so focused on getting to the other side of the pool as quickly as possible that you can’t think about the elements of good technique and your form gets sloppy. Before you go fast in the water, you must learn how to correctly swim slowly. Stroke...

Discipline Shouldn't Be Difficult...

runner-guy.gifBy Craig Howie and Will Murray (usatriathlon.org)

“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” — Richard Bach
 
If you look up the word discipline in Webster’s Dictionary, the first definition is given as one word: punishment. This one-word definition is followed by the following definition: “A rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity.”
 
These definitions shed light on how we have been conditioned to think about discipline. To put it simply, ...

A Capitol idea!

capitol-koWe're not sure who has adopted whom, but Best of the U.S. and the city of Saint Paul are so happy together they've changed the race name and with great pleasure introduce the Capitol City Tri (formerly and aka Best of the U.S. Sprint). The date remains June 22, the venue is Lake Phalen.

"The sprint race will still host the BOUS Championship," said Director Trudy Marshall. "But the Sprint is for everyone, and we wanted the name to reflect that. Our goal is to create an instant classic. We're celebrating all of Minnesota's--and particularly Saint Paul's-- treasures: its incredible parks; its dynamism and energy; its diversity; people and businesses small and large coming together for fitness and recreation. We Minnesotans are so blessed! What an awesome place we have to work and play."...

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