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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...

Trom's Trajectory...

kellys-feet.gifThe MTN Guys recently contacted three of the 2014 Rookie of the Year nominees--we don't have Laura Greer's contact info. We asked them to share their tentative 2015 racing plans. On Thursday we will post ROY Nick Nygaard's plans. On Friday we will let you know what Emy Everhart has in mind.

Today, we will reveal KELLY TROM's tentative schedule.

Kelly's rookie season was brief (3 races) but very impressive. It was reminiscent of the rookie seasons of Claire Bootsma (2010), Ruth Brennan Morrey (2011) and Heather Lendway (2012) , all of whom went to the tippy top of the Team Minnesota women's roster in their sophomore year.

Can Kelly do that, too. It's totally possible, especially given that Heather Lendway has gotten her pro license, as has Dani Fischer, who relocated to Indiana, and Cathy Yndestad is moving to downtown Europe....

Love For Y Tris...

amy-liberty.gifPhoto - This awesome pic of Amy was taken at Liberty back in 2010.

By Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

YWCA INDOOR TRI #2 - RACE REPORT - I'm a little partial to indoor triathlons.  After all, that is how I got in to the sport, way back in February of 2005.  I entered a race called Tri U Mah, hosted by the University of Minnesota Rec Center.  The event consists of a 30 minute pool swim, 30 minute stationary bike ride and 30 minute run on a treadmill.  Winners are determined by the distance covered.

I remember the day of the tri was freezing cold.  Warren came with me to cheer me on; my friend, Marcia Lee, volunteered for the swim portion and was my lap counter.

I remember being so nervous about the race.  What would happen if I couldn't actually swim a full 30 minutes?  (Being a newbie swimmer, this was a very real possibility).   What would happen if I had to WALK on the treadmill?  Would people laugh?  Would people be able to tell that I really wasn't a triathlete, but really only a triawannabe?  Would they banish me from the kingdom?  Could I ever again hold my head up high while wearing tri shorts and a snazzy tri top?  ...

Recovery Mode...

coffee.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

 

Give a girl a stress fracture, a few days off work for the holidays, a bag of Bird Mountain Dark Roast Peace Coffee (thank you Devon!!!), a few sub zero degree days and BOOM, I'm Suzie Homemaker! Here are some projects I've been meaning to do for quite a while...LINK

FUNNY FINDS:
I spent an entire day over Christmas vacation looking at boxes of pictures with my family from the 80s & 90s, I laughed so hard I cried, my head, my stomach & my face hurt. The hair & outfits form the '80s! We only got through about 3 of 9 boxes, I can't wait for the last 6 on my next visit! Here are a few treasures...LINK

WHAT'S COOKING? ...

Stuff About Going Pro...

TurnPro2gb-620x421.gifED. The MTN Guys are big fans of pro triathlete Jesse Thomas. A great athlete, a super-smart guy and a awesome writer. In this revealing article, he gives us a insider look at the lifestyle of pro triathletes.

By Jesse Thomas (triathlon.competitor.com)

Behind the curtain of the sometimes glamorous but mostly not-so-glitzy triathlon life.

When I started my professional triathlon career four years ago, I was just a snot-nosed 30-year-old with a borrowed bike, hand-me-down kit and $8 aviators. I clearly didn’t know what I was doing, or what to expect. And surprisingly, there is no “Entertainment Tonight” for triathlon. No matter how much we see of Kimye and Brangelina, nobody gives us insider access to Rimmy CarDonnell. It’s hard to know what really goes on behind the curtain of superstardom. Is it all glitz, glamour and scream-crying crazy-ass fans? How hard do you have to work? How much money can you make? When does Letterman call? ...

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