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The Strength to Back Off...

legs.gifBy Angie Anderson (usatriathlon.org)

“One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” –Unknown

This quote is typically read as a motivator. Be inspired! Be great! To quote Nike, “Just Do It!”

For a highly driven, motivated athlete, getting the work done is seldom an issue. Photos of professional athletes training through sleet and snow, wind, hail, cold, hills and heat are everywhere. We are inundated with inspiration. The harder our session, the stronger we are. Athletes are defined by their last challenge.

The problem with this innate drive however, can be a resistance to stop when injury or illness hits. Athletes want to race. They want to train. They are terrified of losing fitness. They train because they love it. They have a goal, and there is work to be done to accomplish their goal! ...

Not Resenting Your Triathlete Husband...

resentment.gifBy Laura Radniecki (trueagagpe.net)

The word “triathlon” had very little meaning to me five years ago.
I knew what a triathlon was, and I knew a few friends who had taken the triathlon class offered back when we were in high school. But aside from knowing it included three different sports, and sometimes involved a big race called an Ironman, I didn’t know much.
Oh, how things change.
My husband Matt spent 2005-2009 as an Active Duty Marine, stationed on Oahu, Hawaii. During that time, he did two tours to Iraq. Matt’s time was spent either training up for a deployment, or readjusting back to normal life after returning stateside, leaving little time for hobbies.
In 2010, we had moved back home to Minnesota, and Matt was in an accelerated bachelors degree program at the local college. He was busy, but life looked very different from what it had the previous four years....

Chocoholic Animalitarian...

jen-and-monkies.gifWARNING - This post may contain silly embellishments.

Going Off Course - Forest Lake triathlete JEN WILSON is a Humanitarian. She has a huge heart and works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.

She is also an "Animalitarian." A big part of her Texas-size heart is devoted to animal stuff and other than her husband, who looks kinda like a sandy-blond version of Tom Cruise (photo L), circa 1990, she loves animals more than anything, with the possible exception of chocolate.

It should come as no surprise that Jen is a Veterinary Technician, which is really a vague title, but we think that it means that she helps veterinarians take care of sick and/or injured animals.

With her Tom Cruisey husband, Mr. Wilson, she owns and lovingly cares for TEN animals, not including the squirrel monkies (photo L), which she named Rafiki (Swahili for "Friends") and Abu (a minor god of vegetation in Sumerian mythology), that she tried unsuccessfully to smuggle out of Mexico. Five of her personal pets are horses, which eat and poop a lot. We reckon the Wilson's are doing well financially and are thus able to afford to feed their animals. Even at Costco, bags of Purina Horse Chow aint cheap. And remember, Jen's got to feed her dogs, cats and rabbit, too. (FYI, rabbits don't really like carrots, not the orange carroty part, anyway. They prefer the leafy top.We thought you'd like to know that.)

Wow! That's a lot of expensive eating and stinky pooping! It's probably for the best that Jen and Mr. Wilson couldn't keep the monkies....

Guys of Yesteryear...

dan-and-kat.gifChatting with a longtime member of the MMA Selection Committee recently, we asked each other some "coulda" and shoulda" questions. Over boutique coffee, we talked about how difficult it is to make Team Minnesota, and how much more difficult it would be if athletes hadn't moved away, or retired, or gotten career-ending injuries. Since a significant percentage of Minnesota's multisport athetes had adopted the lifestyle after 2009, it is likely that they have never heard of some of the talented men and women of yesteryear.

Being totally into the history of our sport, we thought it would be cool to do some name-dropping. Here are some of the men who have made past editions of Team Minnesota but have not raced, locally at least, in the last five-plus years.

- DAN COHEN - Decorated tri coach last earned a spot on Team Minnesota in 2010. Dan has twelve career wins, was Rookie of the Year in 2000 and won the Most Improved award in 2006. Dan is a muscular guy who looks a lot like former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber. He was married not long ago to Kat Schlaefer (photo L), who has great legs and is an occasional HOOT!, and they have a new baby girl who is very, very cute and is doomed to being above average in every way....

Diane's Plans...

dian-cap-city.gifED. We asked Diane Hankee to describe her off-season and share her tentative 2015 multisport racing schedule. Here's what she sent us:

By Diane Hankee

I always see so many great friends during the racing the season, and then once it ends, I wonder what they are up to.  According to research, we should be resting and I follow that advice.  My winter rest includes enjoying my kids participating in sports, hockey being one of them. I still “workout” with my favorite grey haired training partner, my husband!   I wouldn’t consider my winter hibernation to be called training.  I don’t use my power meter, heart rate, or gps, they are all turned off until February or March.

I work full time as a Civil Engineer and that includes attending a lot of City Council meetings for various clients. We have flex time which is the only way this schedule works.  Never thought I’d be so involved in politics = the need to run.  I maintain infrastructure by implementing pavement management programs for which funding is the biggest challenge. This is a dismal task with the high $ of construction and the Minnesota climate.  I also work to improve surface water quality of our lakes and wetlands.  I work with most government agencies including the State, County, Watersheds, DNR, MPCA, and MDH.   If you don’t know these acronyms you are lucky J.

I look forward to seeing my fellow triathletes throughout the season. My preliminary 2015 race calendar: ...

 

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