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Nick's Notes...

nick-and-bridget.gifPhoto - Christmas with Nick Nygaard, who's rocking a kick-ass winter beard, and his girlfriend Bridget, who's awesome.

 

Rookie of the Year has been a coed award since 2006. In that nine-year period only one male, NICK NYGAARD in 2014, has taken home the trophy. Though his Team Minnesota rank last year was in the 14th-17th range, we would be surprised if he didn't land a spot on the 2015 Team. To do this he'd have to place highly in the Olympic-distances races at Buffalo, Timberman and Brewhouse and legitimately break 4:20 at half IM.

We are anxious to see how he does in his Ironman debut next fall (IMOO).

Here is the email outling Nick's 2015 tentative plans: ...

Vacations Are Good Things...

feet-beach.gifBy Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.tumblr.com)

Some things I learned while away on a week-long vacation to the Rivera Maya, Mexico:

1)      I am proud to be a Minnesotan! We have four distinct seasons that provide multiple opportunities to let you know you’re alive (especially in the frigid cold winter).

2)      Taking a week off from responsibilities and training can sometimes teach a person more than the actual training itself.

3)      Having a week alone with my husband makes me appreciate the blessing of family (especially Mike’s Mom who stayed with the kids for the whole week)!

4)      I recognize that love is a choice in marriage. But, I really do like my hubby!

I really didn’t do much at all while away on vacation. I was a little nervous with how bad my foot would feel after...

Trom's Trajectory...

kellys-feet.gifThe MTN Guys recently contacted three of the 2014 Rookie of the Year nominees--we don't have Laura Greer's contact info. We asked them to share their tentative 2015 racing plans. On Thursday we will post ROY Nick Nygaard's plans. On Friday we will let you know what Emy Everhart has in mind.

Today, we will reveal KELLY TROM's tentative schedule.

Kelly's rookie season was brief (3 races) but very impressive. It was reminiscent of the rookie seasons of Claire Bootsma (2010), Ruth Brennan Morrey (2011) and Heather Lendway (2012) , all of whom went to the tippy top of the Team Minnesota women's roster in their sophomore year.

Can Kelly do that, too. It's totally possible, especially given that Heather Lendway has gotten her pro license, as has Dani Fischer, who relocated to Indiana, and Cathy Yndestad is moving to downtown Europe....

Recovery Mode...

coffee.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

 

Give a girl a stress fracture, a few days off work for the holidays, a bag of Bird Mountain Dark Roast Peace Coffee (thank you Devon!!!), a few sub zero degree days and BOOM, I'm Suzie Homemaker! Here are some projects I've been meaning to do for quite a while...LINK

FUNNY FINDS:
I spent an entire day over Christmas vacation looking at boxes of pictures with my family from the 80s & 90s, I laughed so hard I cried, my head, my stomach & my face hurt. The hair & outfits form the '80s! We only got through about 3 of 9 boxes, I can't wait for the last 6 on my next visit! Here are a few treasures...LINK

WHAT'S COOKING? ...

Stuff About Going Pro...

TurnPro2gb-620x421.gifED. The MTN Guys are big fans of pro triathlete Jesse Thomas. A great athlete, a super-smart guy and a awesome writer. In this revealing article, he gives us a insider look at the lifestyle of pro triathletes.

By Jesse Thomas (triathlon.competitor.com)

Behind the curtain of the sometimes glamorous but mostly not-so-glitzy triathlon life.

When I started my professional triathlon career four years ago, I was just a snot-nosed 30-year-old with a borrowed bike, hand-me-down kit and $8 aviators. I clearly didn’t know what I was doing, or what to expect. And surprisingly, there is no “Entertainment Tonight” for triathlon. No matter how much we see of Kimye and Brangelina, nobody gives us insider access to Rimmy CarDonnell. It’s hard to know what really goes on behind the curtain of superstardom. Is it all glitz, glamour and scream-crying crazy-ass fans? How hard do you have to work? How much money can you make? When does Letterman call? ...

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