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Stuff About Late Season Burn-Out...

burnout.gifBy Jene' Shaw (triathlon.competitor.com)

Stay on track for your peak race of the year.

For many amateur triathletes, fall means it’s time to wind down the training, start (finally) practicing yoga or get back to focusing on work or family. But for top age groupers or anyone targeting a late-season “A” race, now is the time to peak and perform at your best without burning out after a long year of training and racing.

Qualifying for any of triathlon’s world championships means you have the talent and drive to race to the top of the age-group rankings. It also means—especially after a season of qualifying long-course races—that you have to find a delicate balance in order to peak, race well enough to qualify and then recover multiple times throughout the year, all while keeping up the motivation to train hard day in and day out. Nailing that perfect train-enough-but-not-too-much ratio can be...

Bike Like a Pro. Eat Like a Pig...

taco-stuff.gifBy John Burnett (npr.org/blogs)

Last month, a friend and I rode bicycles 738 miles up the spine of Texas from the Rio Grande to the Red River, dodging oilfield trucks and yipping Chihuahua dogs.

All that pedaling had us burning about 5,000 to 5,500 calories every day. And so the 10-day journey — eight days of it riding into a headwind — became a movable feast.

There were hero sandwiches, Tater Tots, loaded baked potatoes, rib-eye steaks, chiles rellenos, cheese enchiladas, fried shrimp, cheeseburgers, french fries, hot dogs, barbecue brisket, beef jerky, chocolate glazed donuts, Snickers bars and fried pies.


It was the diet that a calorie-counting cubicle dweller can only dream of. Imagine: eating anything you want and never having to worry about belly fat.

Lots of endurance athletes — such as Tour de France cyclists — get to eat this way all the time, though they tend to practice more conscientious "performance nutrition" that probably doesn't include chocolate donuts....

The Pull of the Physical...

apolo-d7t0566-740.gifED. Many of you know that Olympic Short Track Speed Skater Apollo Ohno did this year's Hawaiian Ironman World Championships. Posting impressive rookie splits--1:00:29 - 5:07:15 - 3:36:41--he rocked a 9:52. In case you didn't read the interview he gave  that posted on the eve of the race, here it is:

 

The Olympic speed skater gets personal on the eve of the IRONMAN World Championship, his first IRONMAN.


by Lee Gruenfeld


When Apolo Anton Ohno entered the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in 1996 to train full-time for short track speed skating, he was 13, making him the youngest skater ever admitted. A year later he won his first...

Play "EMMA Bingo"...

A-pile-of-dollar-bills-008.gifED. We just learned that, for catering purposes, MMA Party attendees will have to either get their tickets by noon on Wednesday, or contact Gear West Bike & Triathlon (952-473-0093) before that time to let them know that you plan to attend.

Minnesota Multisport Awards - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota Multisport Party attendees will have the opportunity to win some cash. They can play "Emma Bingo" wherein they guess the MMA winners. The player with the most correct answers will take home a wad of sweaty bills, approximately 100 of them. The game is totally fun.

When you arrive at the party on October 25, which will once again be held at Gear West Bike & Triathlon in Long Lake, you will be given a multisple choice questionnaire about the MMA nominees. You select the candidates that you think will win. During the presentation of awards, you will learn how good of a guesser you really are.

To get a jump on the game, here are the nominees in all of the categories.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Emy Everhart, Laura Greer, Nick Nygaard, Kelly Trom ...

Retirement "Takesy-Backsey"...

CY-and-Amy.gifBy Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

Ah yes, fall leaves swirling around outside on this picture perfect, Indian Summer day.

For the most part, my 2014 race season is over, save for a couple of potential short running races I may do including Monster Dash 10 miler, Drumstick 10k and Polar Dash....

Except for a nagging hip and psoas issue, it's been a pretty good year filled with lots of fun races and events.

The capstone was, of course, Ironman Wisconsin.   Finished with a big smile on my face and with time on the clock to spare, while reaching my overarching goal of enjoying the day and taking it all in.  More on that day in a bit.

Before I get there, just a few other thoughts, comments and pics from my 2014 season:

Switching coaches:  After my former coach, Greg Rhodes, moved to Colorado last May, I started to work with Cathy Yndestad.  I can not say enough about working with her.  She knew just how to push me enough but not too much to cause bigger...

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