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Getting Sick Isn't Always a Bad Thing...

sick-in-bed-300x200.gifBy Suzanne (Sooz) Flannigan, PhD (triathlon.competitor.com)

No one likes to get that annual nasty flu or cold that lasts a week or more and comes roaring back just as you think you are getting better. Not a single person I coach or train with likes to miss training, not even a single day. But the reality is, sometimes you get that nasty bug and it takes you down. You miss a day of training, and another and then another, and all the while the voice of worry is ramping up in your head. You worry that it’s you, that you are just not being tough enough. You imagine at least a dozen of your training buddies who would push through the congestion, the headaches, the fatigue. You fret about missing the next run session because you haven’t been running that well lately and you know you need more running to improve. You worry that after three days, you have lost all the fitness you have gained in the last six months of training and that you will never again swim as fast as you did last month.Instead of getting depressed, anxious, frustrated, impatient, or demoralized when that nasty bug hits, consider adjusting your perspective about what is happening. Shift your thinking and intentionally try to make the most of an otherwise unpleasant situation. Redefine what being sick means, search for the silver linings, and find ways to actually benefit from your time away from training. Here are four ways you can alter your perspective....

June Athletes of the Month...

MTN and Excelsior Running present their ATHLETES OF THE MONTH for June 2016: *

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Hanna Grinaker, 28, St. Paul & Kris Spoth, 28, White Bear Lake

In her first month of multisport racing, Hanna was unbelievable. She won twice (New Bri and Lake Waconia), both with resounding CRs. In her other two efforts--Liberty Half (4:47:07 despite riding long!) and Buffalo Olympic (2:10:58)--she placed 2nd. Several other women raced brilliantly, most notably Gaby Bunten (Wins at Trinona and RochesterFest) and Suzie Fox (Wins at Pigman Sprint and Copper Creek), but Hanna's meteoric emergence was unlike anything we've ever seen....

Mexi Coke & Raspberry Batteries...

liberty-20.gifED. 1-0-3 for DKT, and Rookies rock the RochesterFest Experience. Words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS

By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Liberty Half Race Report - I ignored the number one piece of racing advice – never use anything new on race day – during my 2016 season opener. And, while I was never planning on “racing” Saturday’s Liberty 70.3 thanks to feeling off (hello, period headache), a brand spankin’ new tri bike and just coming off five weeks of no running, I’d be lying if I said I was pleased with my performance. When you have high expectations of yourself no matter what, it stings a little when you’re not where you want to be.

But, head down, do the work and onward! There are two more 70.3s on this summer’s schedule, and you can bet the results will be better :)  ...

Boston, Birkie, Rim-to-Rim etc....

jordan-roby.gifJune 2016 Interview - Elite amateur triathlete and runner, Jordan Roby

 

By Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)


Jordan is a personable guy who is part of a core group of Minnesotan men and women elite amateur athletes . This group sets the bar high for the rest of us and helps make Minnesota one of the best multi-sport states in the country.  His athletic and professional accomplishments are impressive and his best is yet to come.
 
Boston Marathon 2016.  You ran a blazing 3:00:35 (6:54 pace) apparently on one day a week training. Please explain how you did that and if that program was something you planned or life planned for you....

The Freeway-Free Life...

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

Hey... I'm back. This is where I'd normally make some lame excuses for not posting in over a year. I've been super busy, blah blah whatever. Of course that would all be bullshit. The truth is I simply haven't felt like writing anything. I do what I want...


 The Most Interesting Man In... Golden Valley?

The more observant among you may have noticed that the masthead on this fabulous little slice of the internet has changed. Over the winter we relocated our operation to the mean streets of Golden Valley, MN. Anyway, the new house is sweet. The best feature is that it's 1.8 miles from the front door to my desk at work (the actual desk mind you, not just the parking lot), so my days of sitting in rush hour traffic are....

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