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"It's Gorgeous up Here"....

DKT-BREW.gifBy John Nowacki (duluthnewstribune.com_

David Thompson showed a visible hitch in his step when he began the running portion of the 29th annual Brewhouse Triathlon on Saturday at Island Lake, a product of an ankle injury he suffered playing with his 3-year-old son at a playground.
But even Thompson on a bum leg is better than most triathletes on their best day.

Thompson, of St. Paul, cruised to a course record, covering the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike and 10K run in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 11 seconds, good for his 99th career victory. He now holds the current course record and at the Brewhouse’s previous Pike Lake course.

Bridget McCoy of St. Paul won the women’s race in 2:14:09....

Trail Running is Good....

cool-art.gifHit the trails! Try trail running for better balance, power and fun

 

By Lisa Jhung (usatriathlon.org)

 

Why: Your Body

Running on trails does a body good. Thanks to varied terrain and softer natural surfaces underfoot, running on trails can both improve your overall fitness and be more forgiving to your body than road running.

Nice bod
A fit physique may not be your main reason to head out for a run on trails, but it’s not a bad side effect. Running on variable surfaces, such as trails riddled with rocks or roots — or even on smooth, twisty singletrack — forces your body to use stabilizing muscles (hello, core) and strengthen connective tissues (ligaments and tendons) that don’t normally get recruited on road runs. And running hilly terrain on trails builds leg strength — working quads, calves and gluteal muscles more than running on flats....

A Girl Can't Have Too Much Fun...

bibs.gifBONUS: DKT picks up 99th career win at Brewhouse. McCoy was awesome, too. Full coverage tomorrow. BH RESULTS - Wippler collects his 3rd win of the season at Minnewaska. Lorenz claims women's title.  LMT RESULTS

By Amy Bauch (amysbeenrunningaround.blogspot.com)

I am not really sure how this happened, but it is July 22nd.  More than half the summer is over but it has been jam packed full of fun and adventure.

I  really wanted this year's race season to be relatively easy and not full of pressure.

 My plan has been to do some new races and events, revisit some old favorites that I haven't done for a while and sprinkle in a few favorites.

So far, so good.  It has been nice to pull back a bit on training intensity this year and to work on resting and rehabbing my hip a bit.  I've also made some new tri and running friends, which is always a plus....

 

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Needing a Break...

bichweb30.gifBy Louie St. George (Duluthnewstribune.com)

 

Just about every year, Brian Bich is the safe bet to win the Brewhouse Triathlon. It’s happened 12 times before, a success rate of about 43 percent for one of Minnesota’s oldest triathlons.
The 49-year-old Duluthian, though, won’t make it a baker’s dozen at Saturday’s 29th annual Brewhouse.

Burnout has Bich all but taking this summer off from racing.

“I raced for so many years that I just kind of needed a break,” Bich said.

Oh, he won’t completely stay away from Island Lake on Saturday. Bich is competing in a relay with fellow Brewhouse stalwarts Rhett Bonner and Rod Raymond. And he’s anxious to watch his son, Nathan, try to improve upon last year’s eighth-place showing in the short course....

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