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Doing Outdoor Stuff is Good....

outdoor-runner.gifBy Dr. Brett Oden

Have You Had Your Ecotherapy Today?

     While most everyone knows spending time outside makes you happier, we now have scientific proof that it also makes you healthier. Therapy that uses nature as a tool, termed “ecotherapy”, has long been gaining prominence amongst mental health professionals. Studies have shown lowering of depression scores by over 70 % among test subjects taking a walk in nature compared to walking in a shopping mall. While many athletes may say “I’m not prone to depression” and “My workouts should be stressful to be effective”, it is prudent to examine the chemical and physiologic basis of stress and...

People Stuff...

dani-boat.gifDIMPLES GIRL - Second-year pro DANI FISCHER, originally from Rochester, now residing in Indianapolis, raced at Puerto Rico 70.3 last Sunday. Fischer, the (amateur) US Duathlete of the Year and AOY HM in 2014 and Elite DOY in 2015, raced solidly in the first two phases but lost a huge amount of ground in the run, which is very, very uncharacteristic. Dani is one of the fastest runners in our sport. Off the bike, she appeared to be headed for a Top 5, but ultimately had to settle for 9th (4:42:31). We've asked Dani, who we miss immensely, to write a race report. RESULTS

 

UPPERS & COMERERS - Who is going to be the next big (amateur) star here in Minnesota? Who is going to give MATTHEW PAYNE a run for his money in '16?  ...

Breaking 2:10...

gaby-felt.gifIn women's amateur triathlon the number 2:10 is magic. We're talking about Olympic distance racing here. Few women ever match or break that standard, and those that do tend to get their pro license shortly therafter.

In this millennium, HEATHER LENDWAY has the fastest Minnesota amateur time at 1.5-40-10K: 2:05:06 - A USAT Nationals record, set in 2014. The only Minnesota women with faster Olympic clockings are GWEN JORGENSEN (1:59) and HEIDI KELLER MILER (2:03-04ish). However, both of those women were pros when they set their personal bests....

Cyclists Are Human, Too.....

bike-outside.gifBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

It’s spring – that time of year when Minnesnowtans wake after a long dark winter spent mostly indoors. It’s also that time of year when (more fair weather) cyclists take their bikes off the indoor trainer and onto the road.

Last week on a route I’ve regularly biked the past two summers, cyclist Bryan Joas was hit by a vehicle. He’s critically injured – and, the driver didn’t stick around (WTF) to see if Joas was ok.

That could have been me.

That could have been YOU. ....

Overuse Injuries Aren't Good....

Sports-Injury-cartoon-254x3.gifBy Dr. Michael Williams

With Summer races approaching fast, what are some tips to steer clear of overuse injuries in my preparations?

Overuse injuries are the cause of repetitive strain and stress to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissues. When overloaded beyond mechanical fatigue, micro trauma and scar tissue formation occurs at the site of injury. Over 72% of running injuries can be avoided; however, if left unaddressed and not taken care of properly, these overuse injuries often result in compensations and muscle imbalances in body regions surrounding the injury. In order to avoid such injuries as IT-Band Syndrome, patellar-, and Achilles-tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or shin splints and stress fractures, follow these principles: ...

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