High on Life and Weimaraners...

erin-beets.gifGOING "OFF COURSE" - In her totally good blog, "sweetsweatlife.com," which we highly recommend, ever-caffinated suburban (Apple Valley) triathlete erin klegstad describes herself thus: "i'm erin...triathlete, yogi, lover of life, happiness, dogs, the ocean, espresso and travel. chasing big dreams and finish lines."

Her words tell us so much about her. First thing we noticed is that she is an "Anti-Capitalist." No, we are not saying that she is against free enterprise. We're saying that she doesn't like to use capital letters. There is probably a syndrome with its own acronym about this, but we don't know what it is.

We also think it's cool that she is a yogi. You certainly wouldn't surmise her yogihood just by looking at her, proving the point that not all yogis are sedentary, mountain-dwelling, robe-wearers with lapsed hygiene and scraggly beards. Clean, athletic, city-dwelling women can be yogis, too. The next time we see erin  we are going ask her to demonstrate the classic yogi pose, the one where legs are crossed and the palms of the feet face upward. How do they do that? ...


Fun "Beer Mile" Stuff...

BeerMile_logo-292x300.gifThere’s a new competition raging among elite runners: the beer mile, in which you do four laps around a standard track, chugging a 12-ounce brew at the start of each loop. If you can do it in under five minutes—without hurling or passing out—you’re not just fast. You’re a hero.

By Todd Balf (xtri.com)

"Why pander around being the second best 800m runner in the world when you can be the number one beer miler?"  

Elite amateur Josh “Harry” Harris looks like he’s on his way to a record mile time at the historic Rawlinson Track in Melbourne, on May 3, 2014.

Pixie-size, with legs pinwheeling, the 23-year-old Australian runner is about to arc through the first bend of the bell lap and is a half-lap ahead of the 30-person chase field when he unexpectedly comes to a near stop. Something is wrong. The rowdy spectators who’ve spilled onto the track’s outer lanes to bellow “Go, Harry, go!” fall hushed....

30-Minute Survival Workouts

shoes_and_laces.jpgBy Marty Gaal (usatriathlon.org)

Most of us will have days, and sometimes weeks, where life, work and family duties demand a lot of our time and energy. You might be traveling for work and engaged with clients from sunup to sundown; your children may be out of school and you need to keep them entertained while also logging 40-plus hours of work or your dog is sick and you can't leave her alone for too long. Let the fun begin!
Whatever the cause, you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed out and just generally unable to get much time to yourself. You might be tempted to just chuck all your training and sit on the couch in those few moments you do have to relax. But if you really are goal-oriented and in training for some big event down the road … don't give in.
This is where short workouts come in. I call them 30-minute survival workouts. Why? Because those 30-minute workouts will help your fitness survive until you have the wherewithal to get back out and about for your 'real' training sessions....

Random Semi-Important Stuff...

ross-and-stevo.gif- LAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON - We just heard from our good friend Ross Rogney (photo L with Steve Sander), who told us that his annual classic triathlon--Lake Minnetonka--is over half full already. Act quickly to get in, okay? We suspect that this race's "non-charlty" slots will fill within the next month. RACE WEBSITE

- NORTHWOODS TRIATHLON - Registration for our state's fastest-filling triathlon, Northwoods, will open on January 2 at 8-AM (ZapEvent.com). Last year, the event filled in less than 30-minutes. Also, Northwoods has a new webpage: LINK

- APPEAL TO RACE DIRECTORS - The MTN Guys want all of Minnesota's multisport events to prosper but various trends over the last five years have resulted in diminishing attendances. The trend that chaps our hienies the most has to do with scheduling because that's an area that can be changed. Over the last three seasons, there have been 8-9 weekends with 3, 5-or-more Saturday races followed by Sundays with no races. We believe that everyone would benefit from a better distribution of events. Yes, we understand that some races cannot be moved. For those directors who can be more flexible in their scheduling, we encourage them to consider moving their events to the least busy days on those weekends when a crowded, say, Sun. is preceded by a vacant Sun....

HL's Dream Bike Vacations...

scotlandmap.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

It’s that time of year where I’m normally thinking about putting my tri schedule together for the year. Since I’m still waiting on some schedules to come out I decided to think about something completely different, my dream bike vacations. So far I’ve come up with four but feel free to comment and give me more ideas. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

1. Scotland

In 2011 I traveled to Europe for the first time. I took a train from London to Edinburgh and rented a car. I drove (on the left side of the road) from castle to castle, through the mountains and by lochs. It was beautiful, unfortunately while driving you can’t take in all the scenery as much as you’d like, I stopped plenty for photos but had I been on a bike I could have really taken it all in. I’d love to go back and ride the route I drove. Check out my map and some of the things I did capture on film in my gallery below.....

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