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judy_murray.pnglogo_apple.pngSARTELL APPLE DUATHLON PREVIEW - Historically, Apple has been America's most competitive non-championship duathlon, except during those years that it had actually hosted Nationals or Worlds Qualifiers. On those occasions, Apple was clearly the most talent-heavy run-bike-run in the country.

Next Saturday, Apple, our state's oldest ongoing multisport event, will celebrate its 35th anniversary, and once again, it will feature a field of athletes that will rival the national championships. And it will do so without a pair of athletes who have imprinted the event. MATTHEW PAYNE, a two-time men's champ and reigning amateur record holder, will not be on the starting line next weekend. In the interest of his competitive longevity, the forty-year-old two-time US DOY has vowed not to race on successive weekends. He raced, and won, last Sunday at Gear West Du.

2013 and 2011 winner SUZIE FOX will also be elsewhere this weekend. Family and friends stuff, we think?

Still, Saturday's event should be ultra competitive. On the women's side, three of last year's Top 5 are returning. 2016 winner DIANE HANKEE, who is coming off ...

Hankee Claims Career Win #30!

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GEAR WEST  DUATHLON - A pair of brand new masters led the way yesterday in cool, soggy Orono at the 25th edition of this annual classic run-bike-run....

The Fittest City in America...

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By Erika Edwards (Today.com)

Despite their long, cold winters, Minnesotans do not hibernate. Their culture is to get up, bundle up, and get outside.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area topped the list of America’s 50 “fittest cities” this year, according to the annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation....

Tips For Faster Bike Splits...

janet-bike.pngBy Cassandra Johnson (usatriathlon.org)

In honor of National Bike Month, we’ve compiled 21 top training, racing, gear and injury prevention tips and tricks to take your cycling to the next level.


TRAINING AND RACING
Make sure you maintain a proper cadence during training and racing. Riding in too big of a gear can really fatigue your leg muscles and hamper your run. Also practice drills that focus on body position, body motion and pedal technique. Find tips from top elite triathletes.
 
Know when to shift gears and how to shift in a smooth and efficient manner. Choppy shifting leads to dropped chains, damaged gears and lost momentum. Follow these guidelines.
 
Do interval workouts, head for the hills, get specific in long rides and bricks and do good power training in the weight room. If you come from a running background and notice people are often passing you on the bike, you may need to up your power....

Swearing Makes You Stronger...

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By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)

Isn’t science grand?

Go ahead, drop that F-bomb—it might just get you over the crest. New research presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society reveals that swearing aloud increases strength.

The study, conducted at Keele University in England, compared the anaerobic cycling power of two groups: one puritanical, one filthy as f—well, you know. They found the group allowed to curse produced more power—on average, 24 more watts per 60 seconds...

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