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Stuff About "Bubbles"...

Brady_2.gifBy Brady DeHoust (endurancecorner.com)

Does your life function inside the bubble of the triathlon world or does triathlon fit inside the bubble of your life?

Stripping away everything-triathlon from my world, I’m a husband, father, full-time IT professional, coach, friend, son and brother. If I tried to squeeze and balance those components of my life inside a world dictated by triathlon, I’d lose and my bubble would pop. Triathlon only fits when there’s balance amongst those things that weigh heavier in importance....

Seasonal Hydration Stuff...

hydration.gifBy Lauren Antonucci (triathlon.competitor.com)

Q: How are my hydration needs different in winter versus summer?

A: Many athletes I work with are surprised to learn that their sweat rate does not change just because the temperature drops. This is because sweat rate is determined by numerous factors, including fitness level, pace and acclimatization, not just ambient temperature. I actually find that athletes are just as likely to become dehydrated during winter workouts...

Beer Miles, Big Chickens & Pumy...

kayla-puma.gifED. Some of this stuff may have been slightly embellished.

Going Off Course - Thunder Bay resident Kayla Kjellman used to be Canada's premier junior triathlete, something she'd still be if she hadn't gotten older. And while swim-bike-run is her favorite athletic endeavor, she is nevertheless pursuing a world record in another sport.

That sport: Beer Mile.

In case you don't know this sport, Beer Mile consists of four laps of a regulation track and each circuit is preceded by the chugging of a twelve ounce brewski. How fast can you run a mile? And how fast can you run a mile when you have to stop four times and drink a beer? Cool sport, huh?

Canada is the self-proclaimed Mecca of Beer Mile and it is believed that the Canuck records and the world marks are one and the same. For the dudes, the semi-recognized WR belongs to a guy named Sean Wade from Hamilton, Ontario, who hoovered four Lakeport Honey Lagers en route to a time of 5:40.0. There's a guy in Australia who...

Bison Pastrami & Flamenco Dancing...

bison_pastrami.gifThe MTN Guys are totally into Facebook. And because triathletes are also people, FB is  where we go to find out cool, non-triathlon stuff about them.

Here's some interesting non-triathlony stuff about five of Duluth's most prominent swim-bike-runners:

-JESSICA ROSSING - Jess is into Flamenco dancing, which is a Spanish deal that features a lot of stomping and the clicking of cucarachas. It's a tap-dancy kind of thing that sounds cool. Dance Link

- ROD RAYMOND - If ever there was ever a guy who didn't have a "Feminine Side," it's The Rocket. Or so we thought. We learned recently that he is into Ballet, which is totally a ...

Offseason Edge Keeping...

Chicken-Fight.gifBy Jay Zacharias
For Active.com

The goal is to have fun during the offseason without losing too much of that hard-earned fitness. The secret is to direct your focus from being a triathlete to becoming a better athlete.

Think about it this way. Excellence in short and long-course triathlon requires full body athleticism — a combination of aerobic capacity, muscle strength, mechanical efficiency and coordination.

Most of us spend the majority of our training time building aerobic capacity and that's a good thing. Let's face it, if you can't cover the race distance nothing else matters....

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