A Voyage of Rediscovery...

jody-painting.gifBy Jody Quesnell
Four years ago, I was done competing in triathlons.  I had had enough. After 15+ years of delightfully competing I was tired. I wanted gin and tonics instead of gatorade, a mocha with whip cream instead of a bike ride. It did not help that I landed in the hospital after a terrible infection manifested by a mucky lake swim, Fearing the infection was serious enough to take my life, I decided if and when I recovered I would get my goals realigned and finish some things I have always wanted to do. In that was the desire to be a USAT coach. I had been a teacher for 19 years in Minneapolis School and decided I could use my talents to teach willing and excited adults about the world of triathlons.  These “students” have taught me to love the sport again.
First, take a 40-some athlete who turned to me in hopes of learning about the sport. He had recently lost more than 50 lbs and always dreamt of doing a triathlon, but was too scared.  He did not know...

Battle of the Brands...

kona-swim.gifBy Frederick Dreier (online.wsj.com)

The Ironman triathlon coming to Chattanooga, Tenn., in September sold out 2,500 slots in under a minute.

The Hits triathlons feature races exactly as demanding: a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. The events have averaged just 30 registrants this year.

It's hard to see much difference between the two beyond the logo.

As Ironman races swell in popularity in North America with more weekend warriors competing, rival races are popping up. They are finding, though, that it can be hard to attract competitors without the name Ironman, even with lower entry fees. Meanwhile, the Ironman series, run by World Triathlon Corp., which owns the Ironman trademark, has ballooned to 35 global races, many with waiting lists....

USOC Athlete of the Month...

gwen-london.gifBy Triathlete.com

The United States Olympic Committee today announced Gwen Jorgensen as its female Athlete of the Month for May for her back-to-back gold medals in the ITU World Triathlon Series last month.

Read the announcement from USA Triathlon below:

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) successfully defended her WTS title in Yokohama on May 17, connecting with the lead pack on the 1,500-meter swim and 40-kilometer bike before running a 33:43 10k to win by nearly 40 seconds. Then, on May 31, Jorgensen raced to her best finish in London’s Hyde Park, earning her fifth World Triathlon Series title and tying for the most series wins in history with Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN). With her...

Getting "Hangry"....

shining_johnny.gifBy Susan Lacke (triathlon.competitor.com)

For better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; and for every time I have to tell my grumpy triathlete to eat a candy bar.

Scientists have given us yet another reason to refuel properly after long rides: it may save your relationship. A new study suggests that the notion of being “hangry”—so hungry you’re angry—is a real thing.

In a study of more than 100 married couples, low blood glucose levels were correlated with increased feelings of annoyance, anger and...

AG Athletes of the Month...

tracy-speed.gifThe Minnesota Multisport Awards Selection Committee (MMA Selectors) congratulate Tracy Serreyn (photo L) and Hank Larsen, their May "Age Group Athletes of the Month." Tracy and Hank were selected ahead of the following non-open-class, i.e. 19U ans 40+, athletes, all of whom enjoyed great racing success in May:

ANNE GRABOWSKI, 46, Minneapolis

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Blaine Triathlon

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

SHERI SCHROCK, 59, Cohasset

1st AG @ Gear West Duathlon

1st AG @ Oakdale Duathlon

1st AG @ Chain of Lakes Triathlon

2nd AG @ Apple Duathlon...

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