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"Lots of Steak and Salt"....

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By Gwen Jorgensen (usatriathlon.org)

During the first trimester, I couldn’t stand the smell of cooking and was only able to eat empty carbs like pasta and bagels. Thankfully, I’ve been able to return to a normal diet since my first trimester. With a squished stomach in the third trimester, I find myself eating smaller portions more frequently. Here’s what I eat in a day:   ...

Nutrition Apps For Triathletes....

APP_ART.pngBy Michelle Meinking (ustriathlon.org)

With countless nutrition apps available ranging from cooking tips to calorie counting, it can be overwhelming to find one that might be right for you. As many athletes know, being mindful of what you are consuming and fueling your body appropriately is crucial to performance. Nutrition apps can be useful tools to track nutrients and eating patterns. However, choosing the best one for you may be difficult given the endless availability of new apps. In selecting an app, it is important to recognize what you want the app to do for you. Do you want to track calories? Macronutrients? Meal timing? Diet quality? Or a little bit of everything? Other important factors to consider include accessing information that is easy to understand and finding user- friendly platforms.

To simplify this process for you, we chose six of our favorite apps, each offering unique features.

1. Nutrino: Nutrino is a food and exercise tracking app that allows you to monitor calories and macronutrients....

Dani & Wade Are May AOMs....

dani_madison.pngwade_apple.pngMAY 2017 MINNESOTA ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Better late than never, right?

We would have posted this sooner but we've been hoping to find an AOM sponsor, a company that can provide, say, products, gift cards or discounts  to the winners. If there are any companies out there, or maybe even races that can give out entries, please contact us, okay?

May is the first month with a full schedule of multisport races, thus we kick off our AOMs with May. To be eligible, athletes must have turned in at least TWO outstanding performances during the designated time period.

MAY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH - WADE CRUSER & DANI VSETECKA

- Wade set a course record at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course and beat a very deep field which included two highly-credentialed pros at Apple. Dani also won two...

Wise Stuff...

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By Brad Stuhlberg & Steve Magness (outsideonline.com)

Michael Joyner, a physician and researcher at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minneapolis, is one of the most productive humans alive. Joyner, an expert on physiology and human performance, has published more than 350 scientific articles, was recently named the distinguished investigator at the Mayo Clinic, and was awarded a grant through the Fulbright Scholar Program. In addition to his research, Joyner, an anesthesiologist by trade, sees patients regularly and is a mentor to countless up-and-comers, informally running what he calls “my own version of a Montessori school.” He writes for Sports Illustrated and is frequently cited as an expert in other leading publications. Joyner, who’s 58 and married with young kids, is also still a dedicated athlete himself, completing near-daily 60-to-75-minute workouts....

Hydration Essentials...

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Your muscles are about 70-75 percent water. Water helps your body regulate temperature and supply oxygen to your muscles (water is the main component of blood). Water helps you keep stress levels in check and it helps maximize recovery. If you come to a workout even slightly dehydrated, it can impact your energy, performance and recovery. You can only live a few days without water as opposed to a few weeks without food. If you are ever in an emergency, the first thing a medic or nurse is trained to do is hook you up to an IV to keep you hydrated. Water is essential to life.

Here’s how to determine your daily needs, how to adjust for activity and what you need to know about water quality.

Daily Needs

 * Water: Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. That’s pretty simple. So for a 140 pound person that’s 70 ounces per day. This covers your basic hydration needs without other factors such as activity, extreme weather or how you are dressed....

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