What Did You Learn About Yourself in '14?

tri-poster.gifBy Chris Janzen (for Active.com)

After months of training hard and racing harder, it's tempting to quickly switch into offseason mode and turn your attention to new activities.

But before you pack up the bike and put away the swim fins, you owe it to yourself to thoroughly review what happened (and what didn't) during the race season. This allows you to build on your recent experiences and create an even more rewarding, faster and successful triathlon season next time.

The trap that many triathletes fall into is focusing on just the race results. Win or not? PR or not? Allowing your success to be determined solely by the finish line clock or your ranking is not fair to all the effort and time you invested. You deserve more credit than that.

Here are nine critical, but often overlooked, steps to effectively evaluating your triathlon season — or more accurately, to evaluating yourself during your triathlon season. These nine questions will help give you additional insight and help you to realize more of your potential going forward.

NOTE: Answer these questions in writing. Be very honest. Get specific in your points.....

Who's Who Revealed...



THEN & NOW - PIc #9 was of America's premier amateur triathlete, HEATHER LENDWAY. A two-time National champion and reigning World champ, in 2014 HL won twelve races, tying Cathy Yndestad's state record. Since taking up the sport, Lendway has won 22 of the 26th triathlons she has raced in. She is expected to get her pro license soon....

Off-Season Marathons: Good or Bad Idea?

MARATHONERS.gifYour guide to whether you should tackle 26.2 this winter.

By Jene' Shaw (triathlon.competitor.com)

Training for a marathon can be a motivating way to get through the darker months, but given the high risk of injury and need for downtime after a full racing season, it’s not appropriate for everyone. The guidelines below will help you determine whether you should lace up your sneakers, or just relax and do some yoga.

It’s A Good Idea If …
»   You have experience with continuous high-volume training.

»   You’re burned out on multisport and looking for a new focus....

Olympic Excellence...

Marcus-Superior.gifFor amateur men, breaking 2-hours in an Olympic distance race is a big deal. Similarly, breaking 2:15 is a big whup for most amateur women. In 2014, at least nine Minnesota men and ten Minnesota women accomplished these goals. For the guys, Matt Payne managed to crack the 120-minute mark on three occasions. For the gals, Heather Lendway broke the 115 mark, actually the 110, on each of her four starts at the 1.5-40-10 distance. Her 2:05:06 at AG Nationals was the fastest Olympic time by a US female amateur last season.

Check out the list:

FASTEST OLYMPIC TIMES 2014 – Sub 2-Hour Men. Sub-2:15 Women


Ryan Bailey – 1:54:57 @ Life Time - Oceanside

Matthew Payne – 1:55:51 @ Buffalo

Matthew Payne – 1:56:04 @ USAT Nationals

Marcus Stromberg – 1:57:32 @ USAT Nationals (photo L)...

Team Minnesota: More Then & Now Stuff...

7---Ruth.gif8-Suzie.gifTeam Minnesota Throwback - Part II -  Yesterday we posted six childhood photos of women who made Team Minnesota this year: Heather Lendway, Dani Fischer, Cathy Yndestad, Suzie Fox, Elaine Nelson, Kortney Haag, Diane Hankee, Nicole Heininger, Christina Roberts and Bridget McCoy.)We encouraged everyone to guess who's who. It's much harder than you'd think. And it's a lot of fun and a total hoot. If you haven't participated yet, go back to yesterday's post and make your pics, but not before you guess who the five girls in these photos grew up to be. FYI, shot of pro Ruth Brennan Morrey is also included....


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