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Getting Un-Crazy...

Crazy-Brain-266x300.gifBy Jene’ Shaw (triathlon.competitor.com)

Prepare for battle with a pre-race brain ‘audit.’

You’ve paid up to $700 to race—so why let your brain f@#k things up? This question from sports psychologist Dr. Simon Marshall, Ph.D., was the basis for the brain training program he developed to help athletes combat pre-race anxiety, appropriately titled “Calm the F@#k Down.

From the stress of family drama to actual race execution, there’s a long list of issues that can leave you feeling a little crazy. You’re not, of course, but Marshall explains that you’re undergoing a temporary loss of equilibrium. The good news is with the help of external assistance using tools and skills you already have, you can return to a state of self-reliance in time to race your best.

Marshall, who is the husband and coaching partner of two-time XTERRA world champion Lesley Paterson, started with the principles of crisis intervention—or, in this case, “acute sport psychology intervention”—and came up with a program to address issues you may have leading into your biggest race.

For the six days before, Marshall will spend 15 minutes combating potential issues: distraction control for expo time, start-line visualizations, race checklists, final pep talks and more....

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.

Ingredients
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....

Stuff About Loving Your Body...

hanna-and-pig.gif(Photo - This pic of Hanna with her boyfood, Sean Cooley, and a random pig has nothing to do with this post. It's just a really cool shot.)

By Fit Gingersnap, aka (Hanna Grinaker)

There are several good reasons to make healthier choices, and I betcha you could name ten. For instance, we know that if we eat whole, clean, nutrient dense foods, we will feel better. We also know that exercise is powerful in terms of calming the mind and rejuvenating the body. And a side effect of following these guidelines will often be a reduction in weight–although one should never deny a massive plate of sweet potato fries on occasion. Through a healthy diet and regular exercise, our bodies will become slimmer, our sinewy muscles will start to pop, and belts for the jeans that at one time didn’t fit will become necessary. In theory, there is nothing wrong with wanting to transform our bodies into healthier, sexier versions of our former self.

But in reality, our reasons for wanting to lose weight — especially as women — stem much further than anything other than the physical results we see as a byproduct of this lifestyle. Oftentimes, our desire to lose weight is not out of self-love but fraught with self-hatred...

Breaking 11...

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Photo - Underwear models Pam Nielsen, Nick Morales and Suzie Fox. Pammy and Suze broke 11-hours in their first Ironman attempt. Nick, who is totaly sucking-in his stomach, did not.

2013 Rookie of the Year Nicole Heininger did her second IM last weekend in Cozumel--Heiney’s race report will post in a few days-- and many, including herself, believed she would achieve her goal of breaking 11-hours. Things didn’t go as planned, as they often don’t in 140+ mile races, and Nicole will have to wait until next fall (IMOO) to take another stab at her goal. We totally believe that “3” will be her lucky number.

Breaking 11-hours is a Herculean deal and, according to our records, only four Minnesota women have managed to do that on their first attempt. They are:

PAM NIELSEN – 10:37:38 – IM AZ ‘08

SUZIE FOX – 10:38:43 – IMOO ’12 (6th amateur / 1st AG)

KORTNEY HAAG – 10:49:46 – IMOO ’12 (PR – 10:47 – IMOO ’13)

ANGIE SCHMIDT –10:54:42 – IM AZ ‘08...

Getting Good at Resting...

RESTING.gifBy Jason Gootman and Will Kirousis (usatriathlon.org)

Do you ever watch nature shows and notice how much time the wild animals sit around doing nothing? Do you ever wonder how your “lazy” house cat, Frisky, can jump 10 body lengths up onto the windowsill? Sure, his body is constructed for that kind of movement, but undoubtedly, what seems like “laying around all the time” is a big piece of why ole Frisky can do such stupefying physical feats. The best triathletes are like this too — they’re as good at resting as they are at working out, since rest plays a big role in the improvement process. It’s when you rest (and sleep) that your cells adapt to the demands of exercise and grow stronger.

Rest can be hard to define, but you know it when you experience it. You’re absorbed in a good book, watching a funny movie, laying in a hammock with your husband — and not trying to get anything done. You’re content just being there chilling out. Rest ...

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