30-Minute Survival Workouts

shoes_and_laces.jpgBy Marty Gaal (usatriathlon.org)

Most of us will have days, and sometimes weeks, where life, work and family duties demand a lot of our time and energy. You might be traveling for work and engaged with clients from sunup to sundown; your children may be out of school and you need to keep them entertained while also logging 40-plus hours of work or your dog is sick and you can't leave her alone for too long. Let the fun begin!
Whatever the cause, you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed out and just generally unable to get much time to yourself. You might be tempted to just chuck all your training and sit on the couch in those few moments you do have to relax. But if you really are goal-oriented and in training for some big event down the road … don't give in.
This is where short workouts come in. I call them 30-minute survival workouts. Why? Because those 30-minute workouts will help your fitness survive until you have the wherewithal to get back out and about for your 'real' training sessions....

"It is a Big Deal!"

nicole-and-mommy.gifPhoto - Nicole and her mom, Mrs. Heininger. Lower left photo on Page 2 - Nicole had assumed that her hotel room would be larger.

By Nicole Heininger

Ironman Cozumel Race Report - Part II - Two and a half months after IMOO I'm heading to MX to race IM Cozumel. I can't say enough great things about this experience. I had big goals set for myself coming into this race. After IMWI I knew I could push myself harder, I knew how my body responded to the distance and there was time to be taken off. I also knew this race would prove to have more challenging conditions for myself but I was willing to experience them. I'd be lying if I said I thought it was going to be easier. NO WAY, I'm not sure any IM will feel as good as my first. Also, leading up to this race was difficult. I never imagined I would have went through so many ups and downs in a two and a half month time frame but I did. Even with all the events occurring in my life, physically I was on form. I was swimming distance faster than I had all season, even being limited to all indoor pool training. Running speeds were shocking myself (I started wearing two garmins at times thinking one wasn't working correctly). Biking seemed steady from the season but it was hard to tell switching to the trainer and going strictly off of feel. I was ready!  ...

Impatience and an XL cap...

coz-2014.gifBy Nicole Heininger

Ironman Cozumel Race Report - Part I -  To start, I never planned to race an Ironman nor make racing part of my life. I originally completed a triathlon to challenge myself. One and done. Years later my rookie season, friends were talking me into signing up for a half IM and I was terrified. This would prove to be my biggest challenge yet and I wasn't sure I was quite ready for it. I knew I would complete the task at hand but I wasn't going to do it half-a$$ed. When I set my mind to something I do it wholeheartedly, therefore, going through the motions was not enough for me, I was going to commit and be all in. So why was I so scared? I had only raced several triathlons, I mean I barely knew how to transition....

Random Semi-Important Stuff...

ross-and-stevo.gif- LAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON - We just heard from our good friend Ross Rogney (photo L with Steve Sander), who told us that his annual classic triathlon--Lake Minnetonka--is over half full already. Act quickly to get in, okay? We suspect that this race's "non-charlty" slots will fill within the next month. RACE WEBSITE

- NORTHWOODS TRIATHLON - Registration for our state's fastest-filling triathlon, Northwoods, will open on January 2 at 8-AM (ZapEvent.com). Last year, the event filled in less than 30-minutes. Also, Northwoods has a new webpage: LINK

- APPEAL TO RACE DIRECTORS - The MTN Guys want all of Minnesota's multisport events to prosper but various trends over the last five years have resulted in diminishing attendances. The trend that chaps our hienies the most has to do with scheduling because that's an area that can be changed. Over the last three seasons, there have been 8-9 weekends with 3, 5-or-more Saturday races followed by Sundays with no races. We believe that everyone would benefit from a better distribution of events. Yes, we understand that some races cannot be moved. For those directors who can be more flexible in their scheduling, we encourage them to consider moving their events to the least busy days on those weekends when a crowded, say, Sun. is preceded by a vacant Sun....

HL's Dream Bike Vacations...

scotlandmap.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

It’s that time of year where I’m normally thinking about putting my tri schedule together for the year. Since I’m still waiting on some schedules to come out I decided to think about something completely different, my dream bike vacations. So far I’ve come up with four but feel free to comment and give me more ideas. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

1. Scotland

In 2011 I traveled to Europe for the first time. I took a train from London to Edinburgh and rented a car. I drove (on the left side of the road) from castle to castle, through the mountains and by lochs. It was beautiful, unfortunately while driving you can’t take in all the scenery as much as you’d like, I stopped plenty for photos but had I been on a bike I could have really taken it all in. I’d love to go back and ride the route I drove. Check out my map and some of the things I did capture on film in my gallery below.....

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