Will Minnesotans Rock @ Du Nationals?



ED. Duathlon Nationals is earlier than usual this year, happening in South Carolina on the 7-8 of April. Are Minnesota run-bike-runners aware o this? We hope so. We'd love to see the 2018 season kicked off with Minnesota success at Nationals. This would be a great lead-in to our state's spring du season, which starts with Falls on April 28, then heads to Square Lake (Cinco Du Mayo), Oakdale and then to Sartell (Apple). 


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The top amateur run-bike-run athletes in the country will compete for national titles next month, as the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships head to Greenville, South Carolina. Three action-packed races will take place over two days from April 7-8 at Lakeside Park, a scenic venue in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete.

On Saturday, April 7, duathletes will toe the line for the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships. The first wave is set to go off at 7:30 a.m. ET, and competitors will cover a 5-kilometer run, draft-legal 18-kilometer bike and another 2.85-kilometer run. The fast-paced draft-legal format, which enables athletes to pace off each other and work together on the bike, is typical in elite International Triathlon Union races and is becoming increasingly popular at the age-group level. ...

You Can't Do It All!



By Kelly O'Mara, aka The Salty Triathlete (triathlete.com)

People always ask me, “You’re so impressive, how do you do it all?” Because I am very impressive. What I tell them is this: The only way to do the things you care about well is to stop doing the things you don’t care about—which you were probably doing badly anyway....

Love For Jess...



For the MTN Guys, the greatest benefit of our involvement with Minnesota's multisport community are the friendships we make.

Today, we are writing about one of our wonderful friends from Duluth, a lady who took the 2017 season off to do other stuff. We missed her and hope that she comes back strong this season.


In addition to her being a great person with almost 2000 Facebook friends, Jess is a health and fitness entrepeneur. Check out her bio, which we filched from her website. It's impressive stuff.

Hey! I’m Jess. I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and elite triathlete.

I studied exercise science at the University of MN Duluth, and been personal training, teaching, and coaching since 2007.

I am a 7x Team USA triathlete and have competed in the 2011 ITU World Championship in Beijing, 2013 in London, 2015 in Chicago, and 2016 in Cozumel. I made All American in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016...

Why is Triathlon so Expensive?



By Professor Multisport (Erin Beresini - triathlete.com)


For the same reason Beyoncé tickets cost a fortune: because it’s an awesome, bragging-rights-for-life experience. With secondary market ticket prices averaging $353 a pop for her 2016 Formation Tour, the Beyoncé experience is valued right up there with a 70.3. And tickets in major metropolitan areas cost more than twice that, just like Ironman can get ridiculously expensive the closer you get to tall buildings. (Remember when Ironman New York was going to cost $1,200!?)

Seriously though, it does tend to be more of a money suck to race tris in the U.S. than in other places. We know this because we talked to triathletes from other places and they told us of magical things that occur in their native lands that make a tri addiction more of a cute tick than a potentially intervention-worthy spending problem....

Sibling Rivalry...



A dad asked us recently if two siblings had ever been nominated for the Junior of the Year award in the same season.

Good question.

Though there have always been families with multiple talented teen triathletes, there has never been a season where a pair of sisters or brothers were nominated for JOY. The closest we've come to that was in 2013, when Paige Danielson was almost nominated alongside her sister, Greta, who had won the award twice. Greta aged-up in 2014 paving the way for Paige to claim the award for herself.

Problems with nominating siblings are many. They tend to do the same races as their brothers or sisters, and one, typically the oldest, tends to win the battle for family bragging rights. If the siblings either chose different races or took turns in the Winners Circle, plus had outperformed other teens in the region, then it s conceivable that a pair of brothers or sisters could be nominated in the same year.

But that hasn't happened yet. Though it may happen soon, perhaps even this year.

Who are we talking about? The Lundquist sisters, Taylor, now 18, and Simone, now 16 (photo)....

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