Watching Heather Swim...

hl-kit.gifSwimming Drills & a New Bike...

By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

I went to the pool this weekend to do some swim filming.   I wanted to share a set of swimming drills to help with some common swimming problems I see in triathlon. Please note drills are not meant to be done at top speeds, oftentimes you’ll be swimming at a much slower pace, the purpose is to concentrate on the issue you’re trying to resolve and executing the drill properly. (Check out my new Blueseventy loop dot training suit, I love the cut, very comfortable and a flattering look)

Problem: Sinking hips, legs and feet....

Thinking About Stuff...

brett-lovaas.gifPhoto - Brett Lovaas and a guy with a Yosemite Sam mustache.

By Warren Peece

There were several reasons why pros weren’t included on Team Minnesota in 2014. One is that we didn’t know how to measure the value of pro performances, especially the men’s. None of our state’s four male pros had great seasons last year. DKT was battling injuries. Hedge got married. PP raced sparingly and Devon chased an Ironman dream that didn’t come true. Twice. How, for instance, do you compare, say, an 8th place finish in a pro race to a course record amateur win? Remember, Team Minnesota selection is based on the quality of one’s resume, not who’s better than who on paper.

Then there’s Gwen Jorgensen, who has raced in only one Minnesota triathlon, Life Time - Minneapolis back in July of 2012. She’s the best draft-legal female triathlete in the world, and unquestionably the best DL female that the US has ever produced. But how do you compare “Team” racing with “Individual” racing?

But the #1 reason we excluded pros last year was that the amateur women were totally rocking socks. By eliminating Gwen and Ruth, we freed up two Team MN slots. Still, great athletes with great resumes, women like Lisa Lendway, Gaby Bunten, Nicole Cueno, Kelly Trom, Claire Bootsma, Cheryl Zitur found themselves on the outside looking in....

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."...

Gender Equality in Triathlon...

ruth-hillclimb.gifED. Rochester pro Ruth Brennan Morrey asked us to post this "Open Letter." We happily agreed to do so.

By Witsup.com

Witsup was a platform created with many missions in mind. One of them was to improve gender equality in all facets of triathlon, which is why we are honoured to present this “open letter” generated by a group of passionate women, penned for the Women For Tri Board of Advisors. Two weeks ago we published part one of a four part series by Sara Gross on gender equality in triathlon (see here), and this week we continue the discussion in more depth, kicking off the week with this open letter. Please note some of the digital signatures at the bottom of this letter, including a host of Supportive Dudes as well – get involved.

As the newly-formed “Women for Tri” Board of Advisors sat down for their first meeting last week, a number of concerned citizens of the triathlon community penned a letter to the board members asking them to consider the question of equal slots for female pros at World...

Stuff About Eating at Night...

Gluttony--NEON.gifBy Lauren Antonucci (triathlon.competitor.com)

Q: I am still trying to drop a few pounds before the 2015 tri season officially starts. Should I be following the “no eating after a certain time” rule to help me reach my weight-loss goals more easily?

A: I get this question a lot. In a word, no! Well-meaning, late-training athletes complain of poor recovery, fatigue and lack of motivation for morning workouts. When we dig into their food log, the reason is clear: poor fueling after evening training sessions due to either “fear of eating late” or simply lack of preparation combined with exhaustion.

RELATED: The Benefits Of Eating A Big Breakfast

Eating a post-workout recovery snack and eating a proper dinner are paramount to both productive training and reaching your body weight goals. Here’s what I recommend:

1. Ensure you are fueling adequately all day, not skimping on calories earlier in the day and thus overeating late at night, which can lead to weight gain (or prevent weight loss).

2. Fuel up before all evening workouts with a good, balanced snack, such as half a sandwich, a cup of soup, or yogurt and fruit....

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