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Reaching Your 2014 Nutrition Goals..

fruit.gifBy Susan Kitchen (usatriathlon.org)

With 2014 underway, many of us have already made New Year’s resolutions, written on a sheet of paper or tucked away in our minds, in hopes that we can become a better version of ourselves this year. If you find that you’re setting the same goals year after year, here are some tips to help break the cycle and turn your resolutions into reality.

Inspired by the powerful message in Sports Psychologist Stan Beecham’s  “Elite Minds,” here are my thoughts on how to apply...

How to Date a Triathlete...

heart.gifIn honor of Valentine’s Day, Triathlon.Competitor.com look back on a popular archive from author Lauren Harsch: A simple, four-step guide on how to date, and maybe one day marry, a triathlete.

I dated and then married a top amateur Ironman triathlete. I feel like anyone who has deserves a medal or trophy—we are a strong group of independent people. Here are a few rules I’ve learned along the way that might benefit anyone married to multisport by affiliation and not necessarily personal choice.

By Lauren Harsch (triathlon.competitor.com)

Rule #1: Get your own life....

Totally Cool Stuff...

Los_cabos_arch.gifHere's some cool news:

- 2013 USAT HONOREES - The US Tri, Du and Off Road AOYs and HMs have been determined and will be announced very soon on usatriathlon.org. We know who the honorees are but have been asked to keep quiet until the news posts on the federation website. Of course, this makes us crazy. We will say that we're happy about MOST of the final selections. Stayed tuned.

- MEXICAN VACATION - Several Minnesotans will be racing Ironman Los Cabos on March 30. The town is at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and the area is known for sport fishing, whale watching--whales can't be trusted..

HOLT artist hanging at The Bell

HOLT-posterDid we say that right? We're not real sophisticated about artsy-fartsy stuff around here, but we know one thing beyond a doubt: Jim Rataczak's extraordinary art has indelibly branded Heart of the Lakes as the quintessential Minnesota triathlon. A bird specialist, Jim has created an original painting for the race every year since 1998. "Jim is exquisitely humble for such an extraordinarily talented artist. We know that athletes look forward every year to seeing what new art Jim has created for our race," says HOLT Director Jeff Holmberg. For many, their collection of "bird shirts" from HOLT is as much a gallery as a memento... 

Budgeting Stress..

stopwatch.gifBy Jesse Kropelnicki  (usatriathlon.org)                                                     
 
As we near the end of the triathlon season, it is a good time to take a step back and review your stress budget. To some this may sound like Accounting 101 and in many ways it is. But, stress budgeting is one of the most important concepts in lasting an entire season and making long-term progress. Often overlooked by triathlon coaches and self-coached athletes, this is part and parcel to surviving and benefiting from the training of a triathlon...

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