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Triathletes are the Toughest...

fexers.gifBy Melissa Dahl (tday.com - Oct. 25, 2013)

Triathletes can tolerate more pain than the rest of us, a new study confirms, which helps explain why they would swim, then bike, then run, all because they want to and not because they are, perhaps, being chased by a bear.
That’s interesting on its own, but there’s more: Researchers say that understanding how athletes can withstand the pain of a grueling endurance event may eventually lead to potential treatments and therapies for people with chronic pain.

“It’s a very masochistic sport,” said Jenna Parker, who was the top female finisher in the New York City Triathlon in July. She was joking, but only kind of. “I guess to some extent, I always wondered what it is that makes people able to compete at a high level in athletics. Obviously there’s something that’s different that makes us able to push our physical boundaries in a way that other people can’t.”  ...

Updates & Stuff...

cheryl-and-chris.gifFAMILY FIRST - Two-time Minnesota Master of the Year, Cheryl Zitur will curtail her 2016 racing season in a few weeks. On June 30, she will donate one of her kidneys to her son, Chris (photo L). You are a total Rockstar, Cheryl!

 

BUFFALO UPDATE - When we saw last week's entrants list, we got excited. Yesterday, Brad Pickle sent us an updated roster and we got even exciteder. The deep Olympic field, featuring Matt Payne, Wade Cruser, Christina Roberts, Lisa Lendway, Kortney Haag, Sheena Dauer and several others, got much deeper. Recent sign-ups include Sean Cooley, Josh Blankenheim (2015 runner-up), Dani Vsetecka and Kelly Trom.

Online registration has closed, but race day reg. is available (5 - 7 AM). RACE INFO

Swimming Won't Let You Down...

emy-sit.gifBy Emy Everhart (emy-everhart.com)

So far this season I have missed two early-season multi-sport opportunities due to this medial tibial stress syndrome nuisance. I was to be run-bike-running at Falls Duathlon on April 30th, and at the Esprit de She women’s duathlon in Lakeville on May 22nd. But you already know all of that because you’ve been reading every post and are all up-to-date on my multisport life.  I didn’t race either of these as I give my leg more time to be healthy for triathlons, but it was still kind of hard to shake that feeling that there was somewhere I was supposed to be when the race days rolled around.

Anyway, although I was super bummed to miss out on these races, it’s clearly not helpful to get sucked-in by thoughts about start and finish lines I wasn’t able to cross. Rather, I’m focusing on the excitement of the rest of the season that is approaching, a season that includes 8 swim-bike-runs that I’m currently registered for, with hopefully at least 2 more September races that are yet-to-be-determined.  Generally speaking, I prefer my biking and running to be preceded by a good swim, so allow me to get romantic about swimming for the remainder of this post....

May 2016 - Athletes of the Month

dani-fingers.gifpayne-plaid.gifCan you believe that the first month of the 2016 outdoor multisport season has come and gone? Time flies when you're having fun, right?

So, who were MTN's ATHLETES OF THE MONTH for May? Based on a minimum of TWO outstanding performances, efforts that compare favorably with overall or divisional standards, set during this period, they are:

OVERALL AOMs - DANI VSETECKA, 32, Rochester, and MATTHEW PAYNE, 39, Golden Valley (photo L)

Thus far in 2016, Dani had set an amateur course record at Falls Du, and placed 2nd at Texas 70.3 (4:34:56) and in her debut at Apple against what might turn out to be the deepest women's field of the year in our state. Matt won both of the races (Gear West and Apple) he's done thus far in '16.

(Honorable Mentions - Suzie Fox, 32, Chaska, Diane Hankee, 39, Lino Lakes, and Wade Cruser, 29, Sauk Rapids, Kevin O'Connor, 44, Medina)

Love for the Buffalo Triathlon

monday-lisa.gifBUFFALO TRIATHLON PREVE - There are no shortage of outstanding triathlon venues in Minnesota. In fact, we doubt that any other state has as many great tri sites as ours does. It just doesn't get any better than Timberman's Sugar Lake venue, Heart of the Lakes in Annandale and the new site of the Brewhouse at Island Lake. In the Metro, there's Lake Marion, Lake Waconia and Lake Minnetonka, among so many others. And the Waseca Tri in southern MInnesota is special, too.

And there are sixty other great tri/du sites in our state.

At, or near the top of the "GVL" (Great Venues List) is Sturges Park in Buffalo, home  of the Buffalo Triathlon, which will celebrate its 13th anniversary next Sunday. That place looks like it was designed with triathlon in mind. It's picturesque and shady, and features an awesome amphitheatre. It is not only a great venue for racers, there isn't a more spectator-friendly race site anywhere....

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