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Toast Puller-Outers & Marlin Hooks......

fudgetunnelfb-648x650.gifHAPPY HOLIDAYS - Yesterday we blew our imaginary wad on imaginary gifts for the women of Team Minnesota '14. We don't have much imaginary cash left for the men of TM, so the gifts that they won't be receiving will be inexpensive ones.

1. MATTHEW PAYNE - As a Sludge Metal aficionado, we got head-banger Matt Fudge Tunnel's 1989 debut album (on vinyl) entitled "Hate Songs in E Minor," featuring our favorite FT tune, "Bed Crumbs." ($22.71 on Amazon)Mike-holmes.gif

2. MARCUS STROMBERG - Marcus is the Owner/Operator of Stromberg Built, LLC specializing in custom homes and remodeling. We therefore thought it would be cool to get him a paperback copy ($14.92 on Amazon) of Mike Holmes' "Make It Right: Expert Advice on Home Renovations" and an autographed glossy photo of Nicole Curtis. (Yes, the MTN Guys binge-watch HGTV shows.)

3. BROOKS GROSSINGER - We don't know Brooksie very well, but we like him a lot. We'll go traditional here, and get him a card and a fruitcake. Hopefully the fruitcake will have extra "green things." We don't know what they are, but a fruitcake isn't a fruitcake without the green things....

Hoodie Pillows & Zebra Cakes...

plaid-pillow.gifThe MTN Guys would like to buy every tri and du-athlete in Minnesota a new car. But we can't because we've spent most of our Christmas money on candy. Just know that if we could buy everyone some stuff, we totally would.

In years' past we have revealed the gifts that we'd like to get for Team Minnesota members. Here, in addition to the cars we won't be giving them, are some personal gifts from us that Team MN '14 will NOT be receiving. Ladies first:

1. HEATHER LENDWAY - Heather has done a lot of international traveling in her young life and will do a lot more in the coming years because she'll be a vagabond pro triathlete. Therefore, we want to give her an airplane neck pillow; you know, the kind that look like a padded toilet seat. Because she is a loyal Macalester alum, we'd like to get her a plaid...

59 bucks includes free coaching

Capitol City Tri June 14Capitol City Tri has teamed up with elite coaches to help you get ready for Minnesota's coolest new Sprint Race. Good through December 31 or until the last 5 slots are filled, the multi-faceted coaching and training program is included with your entry fee at the lowest, "early bird" rate of just $59....

A Bunch of Stuff...Updated...

finisher-glass.gifOH POOP! - The MTN Guys are totally bummed because there will not be a CHASKA TRI in 2015. According to race director Michael Beckmann, who is a truly cool guy who sweats profusely in hot weather and is willing to have his head shaved for a worthy cause (He is a HOOT!):  "Construction at the venue that will not be completed in time. Planning on returning for 2016 and the venue will be nicer."

Chaska Tri is a great event. Let's make sure that it has a record turnout in 2016, okay?

ARE YOU KIDDING?  - Not long ago we listed some of the 2015 race weekends that we considered to be either overbooked or lopsided. Our concern was that ALL of the affected events would suffer reduced...

High on Life and Weimaraners...

erin-beets.gifGOING "OFF COURSE" - In her totally good blog, "sweetsweatlife.com," which we highly recommend, ever-caffinated suburban (Apple Valley) triathlete erin klegstad describes herself thus: "i'm erin...triathlete, yogi, lover of life, happiness, dogs, the ocean, espresso and travel. chasing big dreams and finish lines."

Her words tell us so much about her. First thing we noticed is that she is an "Anti-Capitalist." No, we are not saying that she is against free enterprise. We're saying that she doesn't like to use capital letters. There is probably a syndrome with its own acronym about this, but we don't know what it is.

We also think it's cool that she is a yogi. You certainly wouldn't surmise her yogihood just by looking at her, proving the point that not all yogis are sedentary, mountain-dwelling, robe-wearers with lapsed hygiene and scraggly beards. Clean, athletic, city-dwelling women can be yogis, too. The next time we see erin  we are going ask her to demonstrate the classic yogi pose, the one where legs are crossed and the palms of the feet face upward. How do they do that? ...

 

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