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Knee Pain Isn't Good!

inflamed-knee.gifBy Dr. Michael Williams

Q - I have Knee Pain, is it Patellar Tendonitis?

A - Patella tendonitis also known as jumper’s knee is a common cause of pain under the patella in athletes. It is commonly seen in jumping and running sports. The athlete is likely to experience soreness and stiffness after exercises. Patella tendonitis usually begins with a stiff feeling in the patellar tendon especially when running downhill or descending stairs. There are four grades of patella tendonitis:

Grade 1: Pain only after training

Grade 2: Pain before and after training but pain eases once warmed up...

Caffeine Myth-Busting...

022316-caffeine.gifBy Katie Rhodes (usatriathlon.org)

Grabbing for that daily morning cup of joe may not be the route for endurance athletes. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the benefits of a caffeine rush just as much as most of you. But, when it comes to those wanting to use caffeine to create a competitive edge during an event, being a habitual consumer decreases the likelihood of such an effect. Caffeine enhances performance. The research can’t be ignored that caffeine is a proven ergogenic aid in endurance exercise through its effects on alertness, concentration, pain tolerance and perception of...

Nick's Plans...

nick-and-girl.gifED. In his blog, 2015 Minnesota Junior of the Year, Nick Klonne, who now attends Colorado School of Mines, talks about his plans for 2016 and beyond.

By Nick Klonne (nickklonne.blogspot.com)

So it's been quite a long while since I've been on this thing, I should be getting more regular as things start to pick up this spring.

This post is titled plans, so here are some plans:

First, the short term plans for this semester... I'm currently part of CSM's Cycling and Triathlon Clubs, and will be doing some racing with both of them this semester. The tri club only has two races, USAT Collegiate Regionals in Arizona on March 19th, and USAT Collegiate Nationals in South Carolina on April 9th (???). As of right now, it looks like my bank account is only going to let me race Regionals. Luckily, Cycling Club should make up for that lack of racing. For only $100, I'm...

Blindsided by Improvement...

2012-womens-podium.gif2012 Minneapolis Tri Elite Super Podium (L-R) - Ruth Brennan Morrey (2nd), Cathy Yndestad (1st) and Claire Bootsma (3rd). (YndeCam photo)

 

On many occasions during this young century the MTN Guys have been pleasantly blindsided by an athlete's improvement.

Huh?

Here's some examples. In 2010, Rookie of the Year nominee Claire Bootsma did not make Team Minnesota. We predicted that she'd make the team in 2011, but we did not foresee that she would earn the #1 ranking, win three MMAs and be discussed for US AOY HM. Very cool! ..

She's Done it All....

i.gifED. Terry Lee, a great friend of MTN and influential member of Minnesota's multisport community, sent us this article. Enjoy.

By Doug Williams (espnW.com - 2/18)

Jan Guenther has raced outrigger canoes in California and Hawaii, done a three-day cross-country ski race in Greenland and completed six Ironman triathlons. She has trekked across Finland on skis just for the experience, and paddled in flat-water canoe races across the Midwest. In nearly 30 years of competition she has tackled both the serious (the 1994 Olympic cross-country ski trials) and the odd.

One of those oddities was the Mountain Man Triathlon in Colorado, a now-defunct one-of-a-kind snowshoe-ski-speed skate winter race at more than 7,000 feet. She never won it, but it used to leave her with a smile affixed to her frozen face. It might be her favorite event ever. "It was just very colorful, very different," she says. "It was fun." ...

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