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Check Out the Inaugural "Kidarod"...

Kidarod-Poster.gif11 Days Until the Kidarod, Minnesota's First Winter Adventure Race for Kids!


You might know Tony Schiller as of Minnesota's most accomplished triathletes, but what he's most proud of is having introduced 12,500 kids to racing triathlons. This year, Tony and his lean and mean team at CycleHealth are cooking up three great adventure races for kids in Minnesota.

It all kicks off with a winter adventure race on Sat. Feb. 28 at Fish Lake Park in Maple Grove, called the Kidarod. This brand new race is inspired by the famed sled dog race in Alaska. Kids ages 7-17 can choose from a 1-mile or 2-mile foot race with obstacles along the way. After racing they'll even get a chance to ride with husky sled teams. The Kidarod benefits Second Harvest Heartland; kids are encouraged to collect food and bring it to the race. There's still time to register at LINK.

This summer brings double the adventure for kids.

CycleHealth's first BreakAway Kids Tri at Lake Elmo Park Reserve last August exceeded all expectations with 446 kids participating and raising $62,800 for Children's Hospital. "We were blown away with the response from kids, parents and sponsors to our first offering," said Schiller. "Kids had a blast with a big chunk of the bike course going off-road, and they loved all the obstacles including a slip-n-slide after the swim."...

Final Stretch Rocks! Possible Minnesota Honorees...

452.gifGREAT NEWS FROM FINAL STRETCH - The MTN Guys want to thank our great friends at Final Stretch for adjusting their 2015 Multisport Schedule. If you check their website (LINK) you'll notice some great changes. You'll see that they will be producing the iconic Gear West Duathlon on May 17. Also, they have moved the North Mankato Tri from late June to early August. The biggest relocation, though, concerns the Waseca 1/3 and Sprint, which had been contested on the same day at the Chisago Half (now Toughman Half) for the last several years. It has been moved to the August 23. These changes will ease conjestion and, hopefully, help races to achieve satisfying attendance levels.


- POST SEASON HONORS - Triathlete Magazine and the ITU have named St. Paul's Gwen Jorgenson as their 2014 female ATHLETE OF THE YEAR. No surprise there, huh? There's a very good chance that Gwen will not be our state's only honoree. Though it won't be known for several weeks, it's likely that some of our state's best amateur tri and ...

Apple Savings & MN Tri Series Stuff...

apple-logo-2015.gifAPPLE SEEDS - Do you know Adam Koncewski? He co-directs the awesome Apple Duathlon and is one of the coolest guys we've ever met. He sent us a press release yesterday that contains some truly exciting news. Check it out, and remember, Apple is a PERFECT tune-up for USAT Duathlon Nationals in St. Paul on June 6.
To help you ring in the New Year, the Sartell Apple Duathlon is offering great savings when you sign up early! Get 50% off when REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 31st until January 2nd!! Prices go up after January 2nd. 
Is this your first time or first time in over 5 years racing the Sartell Apple Duathlon? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive a $5 off promotion code before registering. 
Want to share your love of the Apple? This year we added a 3 Person Fun Relay. It’s a great opportunity to get your friends and family to take a bite out of the Apple with you! ....

Healthy, Hot & Nummy...

bison-chili.gifBy Jessica Cerra (triathlon.competitor.com)

Loaded with chiles, this recipe brings on the heat and lives up to its name. Bison is gaining popularity as a protein source and for good reason. Compared to its counterparts (beef, chicken, turkey, salmon), bison is lowest in fat and highest in iron and essential fatty acids. Try dressing it up with some low-fat cheese or sour cream, fresh cilantro or stone-ground tortilla chips.

16 oz ground bison
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
2 pasilla peppers*, seeds removed and diced
1 serrano pepper*, finely diced with seeds
1 ½ cups pale ale....

The Celebration Dance...

IM-AZ-swim.gifBy Cathy Yndestad (trigirlcathy.blogspot.com)

It’s been four years since my last Ironman, and as a result, I’m bursting with excitement and pure enthusiasm for this coming Sunday. I haven’t been this excited for a race in a very long time and it certainly helps that I’m feeling healthy, strong and content.  Now it’s simply getting out there, executing my plan and smiling along the way. Pretty simple right? Ha, I’ve been coaching and around Ironman long enough to know full well that unexpected and random things can leave even well prepared athletes looking searching for Plan B and Plan C. The ups and downs of IM day are always part of the challenge,  so I’m doing my best to prepare mentally for that balance as well.

I’ll have several friends and a few of my athletes in Tempe to cheer which just warms my heart beyond description. My friends mean so much to me, and having their support is extremely special. My mom who travelled from Newfoundland will also be their to spectate and experience her very first Ironman....

KONA NEWS & NOTES...Udated...

dan-a-GFT.gifHAWAIIAN IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - We wished we knew the names of every Minnesotan who is racing today in Kona. During the day we hope to learn who all of them are so we can post news on their progress and their finishing times.

There's a "Rule of Thumb" formula for predicting IM finishing times, that is, if all goes well and if conditions and/or course difficulty aren't extreme. It goes like this: take one's best half IM time, double it and add one hour. This formula has been around for decades and may be outdated. It certainly does not apply to pros or the Top Elite Amateurs.

As an example, East Gull Lake's Michelle Andres' half IM PR is 4:37:47, which if doubled and have an hour added to it, would suggest that she was capable of a 10:15:32. Andres has significantly beaten that time twice, going 10:05:30 in a victorious effort at Ironman Wisconsin in 2012, then popping a 9:50:23 at Kona in '13.

For giggles, let's apply the original formula, and the "Michelle Andres Formula" (1/2 IM x 2 + 40 min.*) to some of the Minnesotans who are racing today:

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