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bikePart III: Race Ethics

By Bonnie Grifter

I believe race ethics play an essential role in a positive racing experience. I am sure we all have had both positive experiences such as when someone accidently takes off out of transition on your bike because you ride a sad little knock off of their speed demon and they leave their bike for you to ride straight to your car and stuff it into the back; as well as negative ones such as when you are exiting the swim in first place but you are so focused on making sure that the guy snapping the expensive race photo gets you from your best side and you go tumbling into a volunteer, losing your position. I wish I could sit down and listen to your bad stories over a cup of coffee. I thrive on the agony of others as it makes me feel peppy about my life....

Speed Bumps...

erikaEd. Erika Sperl-Imhoff is very smart and clever, totally cool, has great guns (see photo L) and is a wonderful writer. MTN is delighted to announce that she will be a regular contributor. FYI, she has this thing with her left hip that required major surgery--see awesome pic of her humongous gruesomely cool scar below--and has forced her to use crutches and need extensive PT. Today's story, which we purloined from Erika's popular blogsite, deals with coping with crutches, which can be a real drag.

Staying fit while on crutches

By Erika Sperl-Imhoff (from drtrirunner.com)

I am just shy of 3 weeks into this post-surgery rehabilitation period, and have another 3 weeks to go. While six weeks certainly isn

Snack Helmets & Counting Nuts....

helmetWARNING: Some of the content contained herein may have undergone minor embellishment.

Going Off Course - We like Minneapolis triathlete / occasional USAT official with a great smile and an Attack Cat named "Izzy," Lois Nilson, a lot. Why?

Masters of Their Domain...

tonyjulie(Photos - Masters pioneer Tony Schiller looking cool in a cowboy hat, and new master Julie Hull, who should totally rock socks in 2012.)

As the median age of triathletes rise, it should come as no surprise that masters athletes occasionally win races.

Here in Minnesota, though, 40-plussers actually win often enough that the word "occasionally" has no place in the conversation.

How often, you ask?

Well, in 2011, 32 over-40s won 44 of the 84 outdoor tris and dus. Interestingly, several of these folks--Taggart Downare, Jen Neuman, Angie Hop, Angie Schmidt, Gillian Auslander, Tracy Serreyn and a few others--did not start winning races until they became fortysomethings. That is just plain cool....

Giving Up Was Never an Option....

loisED. - Minneapolis triathlete Lois Nilson is a very private person and is sure to be totally mortified when she learns that MTN has posted this wonderful 2009 article about her. This inspiring story was brought to us on the condition of anonymity by one of Lois' dearest friends. We won't divulge his name, but will say only that it rhymes with "Lerb Hefler."

'I'm not ending it like that'

By BILL BULEY

Staff writer / CDAPress

Woman falls, recovers to be last official finisher

COEUR d'ALENE -- The final minutes and seconds were ticking away as Lois Nilson ran down Sherman Avenue.

Well, tried to run. She was hobbling, hunched over to her right and in tears when she emerged from the darkness, the finish line in sight....

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