How to Plan Your 2015 Season...

krista.gifBy Susan Kitchen (triathlon.competitor.com)

It’s cold and dreary outside, the holiday festivities are over, and it’s time to get back to work. Welcome to January! Whether your self-discipline fell by the wayside in December or you’re just feeling the winter blahs, you need something to jump-start the triathlete lying dormant deep inside of you.

Let’s start with making a list of your 2015 goals, accomplishments that you believe are 60 percent achievable. This would be a dream goal that you would love to achieve but fear of failure is standing in the way. Now, go ahead, write them down on a 3”x 5” note card or piece of paper and tape this to your bathroom mirror. On my note card, I’ve broken my goals into personal, professional, spiritual, and of course physical/performance.

Whatever your athletic goal is — setting a PR, climbing the age-group ladder, improving your swim, bike or run time, overcoming a fear of open water, or finishing your first triathlon — the best way to achieve it is to plan your 2015 race schedule. Identify a few challenging races that pique your interest and sound fun. This will spur you along, get you out of bed and motivate you to join that masters swim, morning run or weekend group ride. Seeing your goal twice a day as you brush your teeth will also help you keep it in focus....

Whip Cream Hand-Ups & Confused Legs...

lisa-coffee.gifBy Lisa Lendway

I have a problem. I’m absolutely addicted to competition, and I think it’s at its worst. Usually at the end of the triathlon season, I’m ready for a little break, but this year was different. I immediately started thinking about the 2015 season and anxiously waited for the local races to finalize their race weekends. My schedule for the year has been more or less set since November. And, I have to say, the main reason I get so excited to compete is because of all of the great people who are there with me. Yep, that’s all of you. So, thanks for fueling my fire.

So, what to do until the season starts … I did give myself a little break from triathlon. I dabbled in cyclocross racing, which was more than a little fun. If you don’t know what it is, google it. I mean, where else can you get whip cream hand-ups (Photo below) in a race, right? You might even spot World Champion Triathlete Gwen Jorgensen at some races! I also did my first half marathon. I made a deal with my body that I’d do that before doing a half Ironman. It was weird to do just a running race. I think my legs were a little confused about not feeling like jelly for the first mile. But I finished and I LIKED it! I plan to do at least one more running race this winter.

For the first time ever, I’ve also participated in some indoor triathlons. After competing at the YWCA Women’s Tri this summer, I was excited to participate in another event run by Nicole Cueno. So, I signed up for the YWCA indoor tri in December. As expected, it was well-run and loads of fun. The weirdest part was riding on the Keiser bikes, where the miles rack up faster the faster you spin. So, I think I covered “12 miles” in roughly 18...

Emy's Plans...

emy-face.gifHave you met 2014 Rookie of the Year nominee EMY EVERHART yet? If not, say hello to her in a transition area next season. She's a gregarious, fun-loving person with eclectic musical taste featuring artists and bands that few have ever heard of. In addition to photographing well (photo), she probably agrees that "Shaun of the Dead" is one of the two or three best zombie movie ever and wishes that "3rd Rock From the Sun" hadn't been cancelled.

We contacted Emy about her 2015 racing plans. She's determined to race hard and often and we believe she'll totally rock socks in her sophomore season.

Here is the email she sent us:

Hey MTN Guys -

Have been working on figuring out my schedule...are you ready?...it's long and might change or be scaled back a bit...

1) Espirit de She Du

2) Pigman or Buffalo

3) Minnetonka ....

Nick's Notes...

nick-and-bridget.gifPhoto - Christmas with Nick Nygaard, who's rocking a kick-ass winter beard, and his girlfriend Bridget, who's awesome.


Rookie of the Year has been a coed award since 2006. In that nine-year period only one male, NICK NYGAARD in 2014, has taken home the trophy. Though his Team Minnesota rank last year was in the 14th-17th range, we would be surprised if he didn't land a spot on the 2015 Team. To do this he'd have to place highly in the Olympic-distances races at Buffalo, Timberman and Brewhouse and legitimately break 4:20 at half IM.

We are anxious to see how he does in his Ironman debut next fall (IMOO).

Here is the email outling Nick's 2015 tentative plans: ...

Vacations Are Good Things...

feet-beach.gifBy Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.tumblr.com)

Some things I learned while away on a week-long vacation to the Rivera Maya, Mexico:

1)      I am proud to be a Minnesotan! We have four distinct seasons that provide multiple opportunities to let you know you’re alive (especially in the frigid cold winter).

2)      Taking a week off from responsibilities and training can sometimes teach a person more than the actual training itself.

3)      Having a week alone with my husband makes me appreciate the blessing of family (especially Mike’s Mom who stayed with the kids for the whole week)!

4)      I recognize that love is a choice in marriage. But, I really do like my hubby!

I really didn’t do much at all while away on vacation. I was a little nervous with how bad my foot would feel after...

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