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Duluth's Dynamic Daughters....

michelle-and-bettina.gifYesterday we posted stuff about Josh Blankenheim, Nick Nygaard and Mike Ward, Duluth's top male triathletes. It's only fair that we talk about that great city's most successful female swim-bike-runners. With national star Elaine Nelson on maternity leave in 2016, here are four other talented women who make Duluth proud every time they toe the line at a triathlon:

 

MICHELLE BREILAND, 39 (photo L -with sunglasses)

2015 -

- 5th @ Brewhouse Olympic

 - 7th @ Timberman...

Talented Triumvirate....

joshie-B.gifFor the last two-and-a-half decades, three men have dominated Duluth's multisport scene: Brian Bich, Rhett Bonner and Rod Raymond. These guys are now, or about to be, fifty-genarians and for the last few seasons have not raced as much as in years' past. They've been busy. Brian, a multiple national champion, two-time US AOY nominee and 2008 US MOY, has been busy parenting. Bonner, also a former AG national champ, has been busy saving lives, and Raymond has been busy entrepreneuring like a banshee. Rod seems to open a new restaurant every few days.

While Duluth's original Big 3 have chosen to step out of the limelight for a while, a new triumvirate of local triathletes has taken their place: Josh Blankenheim, Nick Nygaard and Mike Ward....

Stuff About Training Zones...

022216_training-zones.gifBy Ken Johnson (usatriathlon.org)

Every workout needs to be done with a specific purpose in mind, and planned. Training, whether done on your own or following a coaching plan, typically has three dimensions: frequency, duration and intensity. Frequency is how often, and duration how long — distance, e.g., a 1,000-meter swim in the pool, or time, e.g., a one-hour run. Intensity is harder to quantify, but basically means how hard.


If you’ve looked at multisport training plans from a coach or online, you’ll often see intensity specified in terms of training zones. Different coaches may use a different number of training zones, but traditionally in triathlon training we’ve had five zones, known as Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4 and Zone 5. For more advanced endurance athletes, Zone 5 is sometimes subdivided into three zones: Zone 5a, 5b and 5c....

Keeping Your Bike Mechanic Happy...

bike-shop.gifDo’s and don’ts for staying on your favorite wrench’s good side.

By Evan Rudd (triathlon.competitor.com)

Maintaining a healthy relationship with your bicycle mechanic is a worthwhile endeavor that can be especially fruitful when you’re in a pinch and need an emergency repair the day before a big race. Bike mechanics have a reputation for being a surly bunch, but you can stay on their good side by following a few simple rules....

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...

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