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NYC-Triathlon.gifED. It's time to start thinking about racing. This post may get you in the mood to do just that. We did not post Jess Rossing NYC Triathlon race report last July, so we're doing it now. Enjoy.

By Jessica Rossing (jessicarossing.com)

I just got back from New York City yesterday afternoon. I love that city. The people, the energy, the food, the trains (subways), the diversity of everything.
 
I also love the NYC Triathlon. Why? For a lot of the same reasons. It's a world class event. The course is great. The people, volunteers, and spectators are truly some of the best. I love running up 72nd into Central Park with ...

Nate & Aly...Updated...

nathan-B-spock.gifAccording to his decorated dad, NATHAN BICH has the potential to be an outstanding triathlete, even better than his Old Man. Heck, if he's motivated, he might even get a pro license some day.

Nathan, 17 last year, demonstrated the talent necessary for a Junior of the Year nomination. Not bad for a kid who only raced in three events and didn't train.

Here were his results:

- 3rd overall / Jr.CR @ Brewhouse Sprint - 1:03:48

- 4th overall @ Lakes Country Triathlon

- 7th overall @ Heart of the Lakes Sprint - 47:10...

Minnesota's Newest Pro...

danielBr.gifNot long ago, Iowa pro DANIEL BRETSCHER, 33, moved to Northfield. An outgoing guy, Daniel is a tremendous ambassador for the multisport lifestlye. We met him in Dallas 2007, the year he was named USAT Athlete of the Year. He had just won Life Time Fitness National Series Championship, a title he shared with Cathy Yndestad, who earned AOY HM that season. He got his pro license in 2008 and has chalked up impressive results since them.

Here are a few of his highlights:

1st @ 2014 Ironman Wisconsin - 8:31:20 - Course Record

1st @ 2014 Pigman Sprint (he beat David Thompson and Dan Hedgecock)

1st @ 2013 Pigman Olympic

1st @ 2012 Steelhead 70.3

2nd @ 2015 Ironman Chattannoga - 8:19:05....

How to Destroy Your Kid's Athletic Future...

sully.gifBy Matt Russ (sportfactoryproshop.com)

In over two decades of coaching athletes I have had the pleasure of seeing some of my junior athletes make it all the way to the professional level.  Along the way I have developed a somewhat global perspective on what it takes to go from this point A to the very distant point B.  I worked with some wonderful parents that contributed greatly to their child's successes.  But I unfortunately witnessed more parents, sometime unwittingly and always with the best intentions, sabotage their child's athletic future.  If they had just heeded a few simple rules, or examined a few of their motives, not only would their child been a better athlete, they would have been a better competitor, happier, and healthier child.

If you are find yourself excited at the potential of your child's athletic career, I invite you take an objective look within.  And if you catch yourself doing any of the three following things, I can all but guarantee your child will not end up where you believe they will....

"Not What I Had Hoped For..."

Heather-BA.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Buenos Aires 70.3 Race Report - Patrick and I took the ten hour overnight flight to Buenos Aires on Wednesday night.  My goal for the flight there was to get as much sleep as possible so I could stay on a somewhat normal schedule.  While sleeping sitting up is highly uncomfortable I was able to get at least six hours of sleep I suspect.  Upon arriving in Buenos Aires I found another athlete, Greg, from my flight also anxiously awaiting the arrival of their bike on the luggage carousel.  We got to chatting and discovered (thanks to the fact that I was wearing my Macalester Water Polo t-shirt) that his wife (Nicole)  was also a Macalester graduate, she was coming later in the week to watch the race. ...

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