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chris(Photo - Christine Anderson winning Chicago Elite. She's our pick for 2011 AOY.)

Approximately a dozen triathlon observers--race directors, coaches, writers & USAT VP Tim Yount, who is a totally cool guy!--voted last week for the 2011 USAT Athlete of the Year winners and Honorable Mentions. The voting was done privately, thus only one or two of the voters currently know the results. Awards will be presented at the Endurance LIVE Gala in Los Angeles on March 10.

While the official honorees will be announced here (and elsewhere) in the next week or so, we has chosen to share our selections here. (MTN Partner Jerry MacNeil has been a voting member of the USAT AOY Selection Committee for more than a decade.)

Here's our tri picks:...

Conquering Open Water Fear With Hypnosis...

hypnosisBy Jene' Shaw (Senior editor - Triathlete magazine)

Choppy water. Flailing arms and legs. Sharks. Limited visibility. Frigid temperatures. Shuddering yet? The fear of open water holds back a lot of triathletes who are otherwise confident swimmers, taking pre-race anxiety to another level.

To help athletes with this problem, Lidia Garcia uses hypnotism.

Stuff About People...

melissaERICssheenaRace Coverage - The guy that MTN assigned to cover the Life Time - Chanhassen Indoor Tri last Saturday overslept on race morning. He later explained that he was watching a "24" marathon on Netflix and hoped to get to bed by 11 PM, but at 10:59 Jack Bauer got exposed to a weapon's-grade pathogen and had to be sprayed with a power washer and scrubbed with...

Basic Bike Maintenance Stuff...

chainringBy Mackenzie Lobby

(This article originally appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of USA Triathlon Magazine.)

Owning a whole lot of cool gear is one of the major perks to being a triathlete. Hours are spent finding the right wetsuit, tri suit and running shoes. Much research is invested into everything from sunglasses to hydration systems to high tech socks. Perhaps most attention, however, is paid to a triathlete

Skittles, Mickey's & Crispy Bacon...

skittlesbig mouthbacon(ED. We originally posted this feature in the fall of 2010. We're recycling it here because we want to introduce even more of our readers to Paul Mollett, who is one of our favorite people.)

Going Off Course - Chaska triathlete Paul Mollett is a totally cool and interesting guy. Take our word for it: You want to party with this dude....

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