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chocolate.gifChocolate is Not Just for Lovers

By Susan Kitchen (usatriathlon.org)

Life is too short not to indulge once in a while — especially in chocolate. But don’t grab a 3 Musketeers candy bar thinking you are doing your body a favor. Not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate packs the biggest health punch compared to milk and white chocolate.

The secret behind dark chocolate’s powerful punch is the cacao bean, rich in a plant-based organic compound called flavonoids. Flavanols, the primary type of...

Screaming Like a Little Girl...

jenn-run.gifED. Minnesota duathletes totally rocked the national racing scene in 2013.(See yesterday's post.) In the end, three--Dan Hedgecock, Ruth Brennan Morrey and Jenn Scudiero--of our state's best run-bike-runners were named US Duathlete of the Year, two taking the pro titles, the other winning the women's amateur award. The amateur champ was Jenn Scudiero, who sent on these words:

By Jenn Scudiero

I started 2013 with one goal: compete in the ITU Duathlon World Championships.  I had never been to the world championships before and I thought it would be a great experience.   I also wanted to see what I could accomplish with more consistent training. I really had no idea how to put together a good training plan, especially for an athlete with  a full-time job and 2 year old.  So, I found someone who did.  After a lot of research, I was super excited to start working with coach Jason Digman from Dig It Tri. ...

Three Minnesotans Named US Duathletes of the Year...

jenn-nationals.gifCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the 2013 Duathletes of the Year, including the nation’s top age-group, junior and elite duathletes, recognized for outstanding performances in the United States and abroad. The honor, presented by Garmin, is awarded annually by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Committee, following nominations by the Duathlon Committee.

"Duathlon competition results in 2013 highlighted many of our competitive and outstanding athletes,” said Steve Sutherland, chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee Athlete of the Year Subcommittee. “To rise above and stand out in this group as a Duathlete of the Year is truly a great accomplishment."

Alex Arman (St. Charles, Ill.) and Jenn Scudiero (Eagan, Minn. - photo) were named the overall Duathletes of the Year. Arman was the first amateur finisher at the Apple Duathlon, and he finished second in the 25-29 age group at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, where he ...

Suzie Stuff...

underpants-guys.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)
 
I'm SUPER EXCITED to let everyone know that I started my own coaching business! More details coming soon, I'm all set up and I can't wait to better serve my athletes! Stay tuned...

 

 Kona- Time flies! Here it is the end of Feb and I'm in my build for my next Ironman but haven't yet written a word about Kona. I have never felt worse during a race in my entire life but my rule for Kona was that if I was still breathing I was going to finish! And I was still breathing, BARELY, so I finished :-) It was a long brutal day filled with blood, sweat, tears, cramps galore and insane sunburn but I have chosen to only remember, write about and take away the positive...

Props For Heather, Kevin & Greg...

kevin.gifgreg-t.gifED. USAT has finally published its list of 2013 Triathletes of the Year. Once again, Minnesotans were well-represented. The Duathletes of the Year will be posted at later this week. One of the MTN Guys has been involved with USAT's selection process since the late 90s. His abbreviated comments will follow each category. Photos - HMs Kevin O'Connor and Greg Taylor.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced Kirsten Sass and Dan Stubleski as the top amateur triathletes of 2013. The awards headline the announcement of the 2013 Age-Group Triathletes of the Year, presented by Garmin, an honor awarded annually by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Committee...

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