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Footprints on her Shoulders...

shouldersGoing Off Course - Coon Rapids triathlete Jill Ellenbecker has two bright and beautiful daughters. Abby is 8. Olivia is 10.

The girls are doomed. Doomed to be good citizens, true friends and dedicated to personal growth. And doomed to be good partners and parents, just like their mom and dad. One day their children will stand on their shoulders, just as they had stood on Jill's and John's.

Jill does not have an employer right now but she has a vitally important job. She's a Shoulder Provider. On the surface the job description includes chauffeuring and soccer momming and nutrition planning and playground monitoring; stuff like that.

Looking deeper we hear talking. Lots of talking. Sharing and guiding talking. And teaching and mentoring and providing safety.

It's enriching work for all involved. And it broadens and strengthens shoulders, making them easy for children to stand on....

Car Keys in the Freezer & Peanut Butter Cheeseburgers...

tinaWARNING: Much of what you are about to read is highly exaggerated.

Going Off Course - Woodbury triathlete Tina Welzien forgets stuff.

We're not talking about Big Time forgetfulness here. She's never forgotten what town she lives in or her boyfriend's first name. That kind of stuff.

It's your basic "where-the-heck-did-I-put-my-car-keys" brand of forgetfulness that Tina is prone to. Silly, cute stuff. (Tina, your keys are in the freezer next to your copy of "A Prayer for Owen Meany," and your carton of now-liquid Cookies 'n Cream is on the bookshelf in your bedroom.)...

Hot Flashes & Muffin Tops...

bag headBy Bonnie Nouterus

As a woman (yes, men, it

A Lot Goin' On...

chillingGoing Off Course - Hopkins triathlete Christian Oestreich has the second most unpronounceable name in the world.

Who has the first, you inquire curiously?

Mike Krzwzewski, Duke University's decorated basketball coach. For reasons only Polish people know, Coach Mike's last name is pronounced "Sheh-shev-ski." That's right. The Krzw part sounds like "Sheh," and the zew part sounds like "shev." And ya gotta love the fact that the first FIVE letters are consonants.

How weirdly cool is that?...

"Good At Being Herself..."

sarahED. Good friend / Start Line manager / totally cool person Ann Rhea suggested we do an "Off Course" feature on diabetic triathlete Sarah Hankel (photo). We contacted her immediately and asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and to fill out an "OCQ" (Off Course Questionnaire).

We're glad we did. "Hanky," who's now a brunette, totally rocks!

By Sarah Hankel

On & Off Course - I have been a swimmer since I can remember, let alone an athlete my whole life. Came to the great state of Minnesota to go to college and swim and march in the band for the Golden Gophers. After my first collegiate bowl trip with the band, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As this news can typically be daunting and leave a not so great feeling about the future of an active individual, I was determined to not let my inefficient pancreas (see image below) stand in my way!...

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