When Triathlon Becomes an Unhealthy Compulsion...

night_runner.pngTenacity is an admirable trait when it comes to chasing your triathlon goals, but how do you know when your commitment has become an unhealthy compulsion?

By Mackenzie Lobby Havie (triathlon.competitor.com)

To be sure, balancing three athletic disciplines requires dedication. When you’re so focused on fitting it all in—or chasing your next PR—it can be easy to become consumed by the challenges (and rewards) the sport presents. While commitment is a good thing, compulsion is not. An addiction to training can have detrimental consequences for your relationships, finances, and physical and mental well-being....

Stuff That Successful Swimmers Do...

HL_pool_jump.pngNot seeing meaningful progress in the pool? Review these rules of successful swimmers to see where you might be standing—or swimming—in your own way.

By Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com)

1. Technique comes first. Always.

My favorite adage when working with new swimmers is, “You can put 100 motors onto a barge, and it still won’t be a speed boat.” The only thing that is guaranteed when you spend more energy in the water is that you will tire quicker. Swimming, much like golf, is a skill sport, meaning that success comes more from technique than from effort. Spend time mastering the fundamentals of the stroke before focusing on power and speed. ...

Rooting For Dani....

Dani_triumph.png2015 Minnesota Rookie of the Year DANI VSETECKA (pronounced "Sheh-teska"--it's an Eastern European deal) will be racing, along with more than 3000 others, including 94 pros, at the 7th annual Ironman Miami 70.3 on Sunday.

Dani excels at 70.3 and will be a podium favorite in the amateur women's race. Check out her half IM resume:

- 1st @ 2015 Door Country Half - 4:46:29

- 1st amateur @ 2015 Pigman Half - 4:41:34

- 2nd amateur @ 2016 ronman Texas 70.3 4:34:56

Our research revealed that no American woman has yet broken 4:40 at Miami, though one Perevian athlete --Elise Portugal (4:38:09 in 2015)--and Mexico's Alina Hanuschke Busch have done so. The talented Ms. Hanschke Busch has actually cracked 4:40 twice in South Florida. Her amateur CR is 4:36:34. (Her PR is 4:26:01 in a winning effort at Monterrey 70.3 in 2015.)...

"It's All About Staying Focused"....

kona-1.pngSix things i’ve learned training for kona.


By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com - Oct. 7, 2016)

Whoa. Kona is here. How is that possible?! Tomorrow I *get* to race the IRONMAN World Championship – surreal is an understatement!

I arrived in Kona, solo, a week early to acclimate as much as possible and for a little quiet time – bliss for this introvert! I love my tribe and wouldn’t get to a start or finish line without their support, but the alone time was much needed and has been so rejuvenating. You know your pre-race has been relaxing when you read two books in three days! Aside from reading, the week’s been filled with sitting in the a/c, workouts in the heat of the day, hanging out with my rad Coeur Sports crew, drinking all the iced almond milk lattes + kombucha at Kona Coffee + Tea, and cruising Ali’i on my $90 Walmart 18-speed mountain bike....

2016 Performance of the Year: Women...

hanna_mile_eight.png2016 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we post the final MMA category: FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR.

It's taken several weeks to narrow the long list of outstanding performances to just four, but here they are in alpha order by athlete:

1. - HANNA GRINAKER's record-setting victory at LAKE WACONIA, where she lowered the women's CR by 3:05.

2. - KORTNEY HAAG's course record at BUFFALO OLYMPIC. Her time--2:10:08--bettered the previous CR by more than two-and-a-half minutes. The women's field at Buffalo was very deep, with five members of 2015 Team Minnesota as well as rookie Grinaker.

3. - DIANE HANKEE's victory at APPLE DUATHLON, where she outraced what was arguably the deepest women's field of the year in our state.

4. - ERIN HYNDMAN-FARREN's 3rd place overall women's finish at IRONMAN LOUISVILLE. Her time was 10:02:29, which is the second fastest Minnesota women's 140.6 clocking ever...

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