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Duathlon Day 2015...

GWDlogo.gifSunday, May 17, should be called "Du Day '15." On that morning, Minnesota's multisporters have three great run-bike-runs to choose from. Here are the choices. We certainly hope that you pick one of them.

GEAR WEST DU - This event will be 23-years-old on Sunday. It starts and finishes at Orono HS and features great cross country run courses. The GWD is arguably the most competitive non-championship duathlon in the US, and this year's field is going to be as talented as ever. We're especially excited to see who comes out on top of the Patrick Parish/Matt Payne and Suzie Fox/Elaine Nelson head-to-heads. It's important to understand that this is much more than an arena for elites. Everyone is welcome with open arms and the amenities are abundant. RACE WEBSITE

ESPRIT De SHE - This women-only event in Lakeville will be celebrating it's 3rd anniversary. Participants are treated royally and you won't find better gifts or giveaways anywhere. Check out these words we purloined from the event's...

Epic Promises Kept...

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Steve Stenzel Photo - Fast Girls (R - L) - Diane Hankee, Suzie Fox, Nicole "Heiney" Heininger and Jenn Scudiero.

OAKDALE DUATHLON - Last Thursday, Suzie Fox posted these words on Facebook:

 "Excited for a big battle with my Gear West teammate Diane Hankee on Saturday @ the Oakdale Duathlon! Our best times on this course are only 7 seconds apart & our best times on another course (Falls Duathlon) are only 2 seconds different...hoping for multiple lead changes, a sprint finish in either order, & a shiny new PR for us both! Not sure who else is racing but there is still time to join the party! Weather looks perfect for one of my all time favorite MN courses, come join us!"   ...

Living Fully & Maximizing Performance...

ager.gifLegendary triathlon coach Brett Sutton writes about how a balanced work life may be the key to enhancing your performance on the race course.

By Brett Sutton

One of the predicaments with our sport being such a time consuming hobby is in how we “fit in” those other aspects of life—school, family, friends and work—that make us who we are.

Since starting our age group coaching it has been one of those pleasant synergies we come across, as balance, and getting it right, is crucial to all levels of performance. Yet over the last six months I’ve heard many of our [age groupers] express their envy of our pros who have the freedom to just train and do nothing else.

While it no doubt helps, it may not always be the performance advantage you think it is....

Thinking About Important Stuff...

ma-and-hubby.gifBy Michelle Andres (teamandresjourney.blogspot.com)

Yep…I’ve decided after two weeks that life is just too darn short for me to not have a little sugar in my life and I don’t have the “fight in me” to put training first.  In my last blog I talked about discipline and sacrifice and putting it all out there…here are some of the bits from my last post…

HOWEVER…I know I have more in me.
This last week I finally felt at peace with all the decisions and changes that have happened lately and I’m ready to go all in for IM Wisconsin.
So here it is…I’m giving up all junk food until I cross the finish line at IM Wisconsin.
GAME ON!!  I’ll keep you posted on all that entails along with more on the journey to getting my CR back and setting a new PR.

This last weekend I headed to Madison to get out on the course and try to find the passion for IM and racing.  I learned many things about myself in the few quiet long beautiful days riding my bike....

Oakdale Picks...

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The 14th annual OAKDALE DUATHLON will happen on Saturday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Uncle Randy sent us an updated list of entries and barring late registration by the likes of DKT, Dan Hedgecock, Ruth Brennan Morrey and Matthew Payne, we are confident that the race will be won, and records challenged or broken, by Patrick Parish and either Suzie Fox or Diane Hankee, all of whom are among the very best duathletes in the US....

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