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Winter Bike Trainer Stuff...

spin.gifBy Bethany Rutledge (triathlon.competitor.com)

If you have the discipline to ride the trainer this winter, then it’s safe to say you want to make the most of time invested. You’ve probably heard a friend brag about watching multiple movies during epic spins, but saddling up for hours with no real focus isn’t going to get you much of a jump on next season. In order to improve, you need to challenge your body by varying intensity, volume, frequency and duration.

Assuming you’re an age-grouper with a limited schedule, you’ll benefit more from adding some type of intensity into your plan year-round instead of cycling at a very low intensity for long periods of time....

Parenting a Talented Kid...

child-triathlete.gifBy Daniel Coyle (thetalentcode.com)

Quick thought experiment:

Let’s say you’re the parent of a kid who really, really loves skiing. (It could be soccer or chess or tennis or triathlon, but let’s make it skiing.)

Let’s say that by grade school, your kid is dominating their peers. Stories about their prowess begin to spread. Then it happens: you get approached by coaches, scouts, national-team types. They have an important question for you:

Awesome Sandwiches...

sandwich.gifBy Matthew Kady (triathlon.competitor.com)

When it comes to lunch meals, few are as sacrosanct as sandwiches. As long as you don’t slap fatty meats and gooey toppings between two slices of bleached out bread, the versatile sandwich can be the perfect lunchtime meal for athletes (think a winning combination of protein, vegetables and energizing carbs). But don’t let your sandwich options get stale. Mix and match these items to create a bona fide power meal in your hands.

The Foundation


A sandwich is only as good as what you decide to wrap it up in.

Sprouted Bread


Germinated grains have elevated nutrient levels and are easier to digest. What’s more, sprouted bread tends to have a lower glycemic index for more sustained afternoon energy. ...

First Race, Best Friends & Netflix...

the-horseman.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

First Race!

I finally registered for a race. I’m excited for a true Minnesota spring classic, the Gear West Duathlon. Because Steve Stenzel and I are currently best friends, according to our Christmas Truce, I will race the Gear West Duathlon as an individual and leave him to defend his lustrous relay crown. That said, if for any reason Steve needed me to step in as his relay-mate I’d do it in a heartbeat. Because we’re best friends and we are always there to help one another. Conversely, if our best friendship is annulled because Steve violates the no ‘your mom’ jokes clause, I’d destroy him like a incontinent pigeon destroys the clean exterior of a freshly washed car. But as I said, we are totally best friends for now and nothing will ever come between us except for any violation of our truce. Love you buddy! And a big congrats to Steve, he just raced as part of a relay in the Israman in Israel! Great job pal. If you’ve never had a best friend I really recommend it.

Winning the 105-109 Age Group...

jaring-timmerman.gifFrom SwimmingWorldMagazine.com

WINNIPEG, Canada, January 25. - THE hundreds of swimmers and fans in the Pan Am Pool yesterday in Winnipeg were treated to a major moment in Masters swimming history, a moment not likely to be repeated or bettered for many years.

Jaring Timmerman became the first person --- man or woman -- to compete in the 105-109 Masters swimming age group, and therefore set world records in the 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle at the Catherine Kerr Short Course Meters Pentathlon....

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