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Emergency Waxectomy...

lincoln-ear.gifBy Bonnie Cerumenclog

The good news is that I had my blood pressure checked today and it's never been better, even under stress, which leads me to the part of why I had come in, bursting through the doors of the medical center looking like a wild eyed and frenzied patient, soon to be admitted to the mental ward...
Some of you know that I love to swim. It's one of the few exercises I can do that doesn't hurt. With as many broken pieces, past surgeries and weird health issues as I have/had, it's a wonder breathing doesn't hurt. Wait... that hurts sometimes too. But this isn't about my lungs. It's about what I lost and why the nurse at the doctor's office didn't wait for the doctor to finish up with his current patient and get to my chart. She took action right then and there.
So there I was, innocently preparing to enjoy my 1700 meter swim, wearing my Ironman swim cap that had recently arrived in the mail because the last cap I had was actually molding over and I just couldn't bear to put it on and feel the slimy surface any longer. I am super stoked to be an Ironman, but compared to then and looking at me now... let's just say... I'm not exactly in tip-top shape with a low...

Watching Heather Swim...

hl-kit.gifSwimming Drills & a New Bike...

By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

I went to the pool this weekend to do some swim filming.   I wanted to share a set of swimming drills to help with some common swimming problems I see in triathlon. Please note drills are not meant to be done at top speeds, oftentimes you’ll be swimming at a much slower pace, the purpose is to concentrate on the issue you’re trying to resolve and executing the drill properly. (Check out my new Blueseventy loop dot training suit, I love the cut, very comfortable and a flattering look)

Problem: Sinking hips, legs and feet....

Thinking About Stuff...

brett-lovaas.gifPhoto - Brett Lovaas and a guy with a Yosemite Sam mustache.

By Warren Peece

There were several reasons why pros weren’t included on Team Minnesota in 2014. One is that we didn’t know how to measure the value of pro performances, especially the men’s. None of our state’s four male pros had great seasons last year. DKT was battling injuries. Hedge got married. PP raced sparingly and Devon chased an Ironman dream that didn’t come true. Twice. How, for instance, do you compare, say, an 8th place finish in a pro race to a course record amateur win? Remember, Team Minnesota selection is based on the quality of one’s resume, not who’s better than who on paper.

Then there’s Gwen Jorgensen, who has raced in only one Minnesota triathlon, Life Time - Minneapolis back in July of 2012. She’s the best draft-legal female triathlete in the world, and unquestionably the best DL female that the US has ever produced. But how do you compare “Team” racing with “Individual” racing?

But the #1 reason we excluded pros last year was that the amateur women were totally rocking socks. By eliminating Gwen and Ruth, we freed up two Team MN slots. Still, great athletes with great resumes, women like Lisa Lendway, Gaby Bunten, Nicole Cueno, Kelly Trom, Claire Bootsma, Cheryl Zitur found themselves on the outside looking in....

Check Out the Inaugural "Kidarod"...

Kidarod-Poster.gif11 Days Until the Kidarod, Minnesota's First Winter Adventure Race for Kids!

 

You might know Tony Schiller as of Minnesota's most accomplished triathletes, but what he's most proud of is having introduced 12,500 kids to racing triathlons. This year, Tony and his lean and mean team at CycleHealth are cooking up three great adventure races for kids in Minnesota.

It all kicks off with a winter adventure race on Sat. Feb. 28 at Fish Lake Park in Maple Grove, called the Kidarod. This brand new race is inspired by the famed sled dog race in Alaska. Kids ages 7-17 can choose from a 1-mile or 2-mile foot race with obstacles along the way. After racing they'll even get a chance to ride with husky sled teams. The Kidarod benefits Second Harvest Heartland; kids are encouraged to collect food and bring it to the race. There's still time to register at LINK.

This summer brings double the adventure for kids.

CycleHealth's first BreakAway Kids Tri at Lake Elmo Park Reserve last August exceeded all expectations with 446 kids participating and raising $62,800 for Children's Hospital. "We were blown away with the response from kids, parents and sponsors to our first offering," said Schiller. "Kids had a blast with a big chunk of the bike course going off-road, and they loved all the obstacles including a slip-n-slide after the swim."...

Gender Equality in Triathlon...

ruth-hillclimb.gifED. Rochester pro Ruth Brennan Morrey asked us to post this "Open Letter." We happily agreed to do so.

By Witsup.com

Witsup was a platform created with many missions in mind. One of them was to improve gender equality in all facets of triathlon, which is why we are honoured to present this “open letter” generated by a group of passionate women, penned for the Women For Tri Board of Advisors. Two weeks ago we published part one of a four part series by Sara Gross on gender equality in triathlon (see here), and this week we continue the discussion in more depth, kicking off the week with this open letter. Please note some of the digital signatures at the bottom of this letter, including a host of Supportive Dudes as well – get involved.

As the newly-formed “Women for Tri” Board of Advisors sat down for their first meeting last week, a number of concerned citizens of the triathlon community penned a letter to the board members asking them to consider the question of equal slots for female pros at World...

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