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"...A More Collaborative Culture."...

bill_speaking.pngED. You may have already seen this. If not, please read. It's important stuff. The MTN Guys applaud Bill Corcoran for seeing and addressing the Big Picture issues affecting multisports in our state.
 
Dear Multi-Sport Enthusiast and Race Directors, 
 
YOU'RE INVITED! 2017 MN TRIATHLON EXPO & SHOWCASE
 
After my first email, when I tried to keep it short and to the point, I heard back from a few of you.  If we are hoping to begin a wider effort of rejuvenating the sport of triathlon however, we will need more than a few of us to jump on board.
 
When I started as a triathlon Race Director here in MN over 15 years ago, there was a really awesome prevailing attitude of cooperation and collaboration amongst most races and Race Directors in the Midwest, and certainly here in MN.  RD's were supportive of other races, local sponsorships were affordable and supportive, and local bike and run shops were excited to be involved.  Although this was not the only reason that we had such success in the sport in the late 90's and early 2000's, many agree that it had a great deal to do with it....

Heirs Apparent...

Nathan.pngMaggie_W.pngThough it may seem like a tough nut to crack, history tells us that one or two athletes will make their Team Minnesota debut in 2017.

It will be especially hard to find a spot on the women's team. Never have the women's fields been as deep as they have been over the last 3-4 years. And Elaine Nelson's return after childbirth will make it even tougher for the next newcomer.

On the men's side, it should be noted that a few of the 2015 Team MInnesota guys that didn't race in 2016, e.g. Bennett Isabella and Nick Nygaard, plan to return this year, which will create additional roadblocks for the newcomers.

Still, we think that at least one new male, and one new female, will earn a spot on their gender's Team....

21st Century Men's Team Minnesota...

LTFM12-489.pngAs promised, today we are posting our "21st Century Men's Team Minnesota," doing so in alpha order, not by rank. These are the guys who set the performance bar in our state over the last decade-and-a-half:

- BRIAN BICH - Several time nominee for US AOY and MOY, actually winning the MOY in 2008, this four-time Minnesota TOY (5x Mn MOY) has amassed 46 multi wins this century.

- SEAN COOLEY - Since 2013 the transplanted North Dakotan has won sixteen Minnesota multis and has risen as high as the #2 spot on Team Minnesota. His four wins at Superior Man, especially his CR - 4:04:21, tipped the scales for him in our opinion.

- BROOKS GROSSINGER - There have been several mercurial athletes, guys with stellar results in their short careers, guys like Sam Hauck, Rob Gilles, Jeremy Sartain, Sam Janicki that were considered for spots on this Team, but we opted to honor a guy whose career is highlighted by longevity and consistency. With 29 tri/du wins this century, plus consistent placement on Team Minnesota, Brooks managed to edge out Brett Lovass (30 wins), and Kris Spoth, who needs just one or two more great seasons to displace any of the guys on this list.

- DAN HEDGECOCK (photo L) - Between his rookie season in 2010 and his final full season in 2014, the two-time Minnesota TOY collected 27 multisport victories and was twice named US AOY Honorable Mention. His major wins include Hy-Vee 5150 National Champs (2012), Life Time - Minneapolis (2012, 2011) and St. Anthony's (2012). He is also a former US Duathlete of the Year.

 

Erin's Guide to A Good Night's Sleep...

eril_larson.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Mornings are quite possibly my favorite time of the day. There’s nothing like the quiet before the world’s awake, drinking a cup of coffee while reading a good book (and snuggling with Luma!) or sweating out some bike intervals to Girl Talk blaring in my ears.

That said, it’s important to set myself up for a good morning and a successful triathlon season – both involve getting a good night’s rest. Here are a few ways that help me wind down each evening and fall asleep shortly after hitting the pillow…

Shut down screens

I try really hard to turn off my laptop and iPhone screens by 9p every night. It doesn’t always happen, but it helps to be aware of it. If I recognize I’m mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, I shut it off (and only turn my phone back on to check that my alarm’s set).

If you have be on your computer, install f.lux (it’s free). It warms your computer display, eliminating the annoying blue light that can keep you awake. Similarly, be sure to turn on your iPhone’s night shift....

His Body Spoke. Paul Listened...

paul_rockwood.pngED. Hey, do you know Paul Rockwood? If you don't he's an awesome guy with a great family. He's made some tough choices recently. Check out this important and inspiring Facebook post:

 

It's with a heavy (overworked) heart that I am making a decision to retire sooner than later from competing in the endurance sports that have consumed me over the last 7 years.  The main reason for this is due to recent sensations in my heart that I can describe as "flutters" and "downshifts" sometimes when I relax at the end of the day.  It's a scary feeling and led me to research what was happening with the most important muscle in my body.  To summarize what I've learned from studies involving the long-term affects that extreme endurance training and racing has on the heart, there are structural changes and damage occurring in the heart due to the extreme demands and stress it is put through during the many long runs, bikerides, and swims.   My mind decides what my body will do, and the heart has no choice but to try and keep up.  In order to keep up more efficiently the heart...

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