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"A Completely Different Person."...

erin_erin.pngBy Erin Ladendorf

3 years and 20 pounds ago.

This weekend will be the anniversary of the day that I competed in my very first sprint triathlon out in Buffalo, MN.

Now I get to come back to that very same race as a completely different person. However, instead of the Sprint race, I will be doing the Olympic course. Using it towards my training for @ironmantri Madison in only 100 short days.

I will say it over and over again. Becoming a triathlete saved my life.
It made me become stronger, healthier and happier than I could have ever imagined.
I had made a lot of bad choices in my life leading up to these last years, but as soon as I stepped foot into that transition area and put on my wetsuit, I knew that my life was going to be changed for the better from that moment on....

Youtube & Boston Creme Pie Donuts...

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By Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.blogspot.com)

I went to Junior High and High School in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley in Hamilton Montana. That is where I went on my very first run. I still remember the feelings of intrigue and insecurity as I made my way through the riverbed path with my friends behind the dirt track at Westview Junior High. I was in 8th grade. The sweet smell of the mountain air rolling off the Rockies and the feeling of exhilaration that I had when I finished was enough to get me hooked for life....

The Dangers of Social Media For Endurance Athletes.....

phone_apps.pngBy Laura Paul (usatriathlon.org)

With each passing year, there are more gadgets on the market, each proclaiming they’ll help take athletes to that next level. The endurance sports world has become saturated with GPS tracking devices, heart rate monitors, power meters, shoes, bikes, wetsuits — basically you name it, and they’ve developed it. One of the more recent additions to the fitness/endurance sports scene is athlete-focused social media (Strava, MapMyRun, Fitbit, Nike+ are just a few).

Like all forms of social media, there is a benefit to these platforms. They allow athletes to support and encourage one another on their fitness journeys. They also provide a...

The Fittest City in America...

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By Erika Edwards (Today.com)

Despite their long, cold winters, Minnesotans do not hibernate. Their culture is to get up, bundle up, and get outside.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area topped the list of America’s 50 “fittest cities” this year, according to the annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation....

Tips For Faster Bike Splits...

janet-bike.pngBy Cassandra Johnson (usatriathlon.org)

In honor of National Bike Month, we’ve compiled 21 top training, racing, gear and injury prevention tips and tricks to take your cycling to the next level.


TRAINING AND RACING
Make sure you maintain a proper cadence during training and racing. Riding in too big of a gear can really fatigue your leg muscles and hamper your run. Also practice drills that focus on body position, body motion and pedal technique. Find tips from top elite triathletes.
 
Know when to shift gears and how to shift in a smooth and efficient manner. Choppy shifting leads to dropped chains, damaged gears and lost momentum. Follow these guidelines.
 
Do interval workouts, head for the hills, get specific in long rides and bricks and do good power training in the weight room. If you come from a running background and notice people are often passing you on the bike, you may need to up your power....

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