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A Great Book & a Cool Scientific Study...

melanie-book.gifED. MELANIE is one of our region's tri/du pioneers. We've known of her for more than three decades and met and instantly befriended her in 1998. We love her to pieces. She's won a ton of tris and dus in Minnesota and is well known and liked by our state's multisport veterans. We've just finished reading her book, and it's wonderful. We recommend it with ever fiber of our being.

FYI, she'll be racing at Chisago on Sunday.

Amazon.com - Melanie Carvell is a gifted athlete who grew up in a small town in southwestern North Dakota in the 1970s. This beautiful memoir tells the story of Melanie’s remarkable journey, from the agricultural village of Mott (population 732) to world duathlon and triathlon competitions, then a splendid career as a physical therapist, director of the Sanford Women’s Health Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, and a widely sought-after motivational speaker.

Melanie learned to run on the northern Great Plains where the winters are long and harsh and the wind tests the human spirit. She attributes her national and international success to her agrarian roots and the challenge of biking, running, and swimming in one of the most formidable landscapes of America. Her motivational philosophy is, “If I can do these things, given the modesty of my upbringing and the harshness of the Dakota climate, so can you.” Running with the Antelope inspire readers to begin a program of athletic training, weight loss, or general self-improvement.

Written in a humble and accessible style, with loving anecdotes about her life as a top athlete and her work as a physical therapist, Running with the Antelope is part self-help book, part prairie memoir, and part song of love to North Dakota, which is undergoing a rapid transformation from its agrarian past to a carbon extraction industrial future. LEARN MORE

 

emma-run.gif-KINSIOLGY STUDY - Emma Lee (photo L), a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, is looking for participants for a research study.

The study will evaluate the effects of foam rolling on soreness, performance, and inflammation after a downhill running bout.  Participants will come in for seven visits.  The first visit will involve VO2max and body composition testing and an orientation to foam rolling and downhill running on a treadmill.  During the other visits, subjects will complete downhill running exercises, treadmill running economy tests, 3 km time trials, and foam rolling.  Blood will be drawn for assessment of markers of muscle damage and inflammation at these visits as well.  During the running tests, respiratory gases, heart rate, and perceived exertion will be measured.  Subjects will receive $20 for each visit completed for a total of $140.

To participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 18 and 40 and have run over 30 miles per week for the past three months.  You must not take anti-inflammatory medications more than once per week, and you must not foam roll more than once per week.  If you are a female, you must not be pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the course of the study.

If you are interested in taking part in this study or have questions about the study, please contact Emma Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ED. Emma is a decorated triathlete. We hope many of you will participate in her study.

 

Stuff About Buzz Ryan, Duluth Tri & Paul Bunyan...

rhett-swim.gif3rd Annual BUZZ RYAN SPRINT - Rhett Bonner (photo L) and Elaine Nelson have won two of the first three editions of this short course event on the scenic shores of Island Lake north of Duluth. Last Sunday both Bonner and Nelson took significant bites from their respective gender's course records. For Nelson, it was her 9th win in twelve starts. She shared the podium with 2013 BRS winner Jess Rossing, who went more than two minutes faster than last year, and Jena Ogston, who was coming off a runner-up effort at Timberman Sprint.

Bonner shared the men's podium with Bill Kelley and Lee Brown. Ninety-four athletes crossed the finish line. RESULTS

3rd Annual DULUTH TRI - This half IM was won on Sunday by Paul Rockwood (4:29:55) of Superior, and veteran trail runner Erika Lohn (5:39:56). We don't know much about Erika but we think she may have attended Clemson University....

Weekend Preves...Chisago & Waseca...

dkt-chisago.gif9th Annual CHISAGO LAKES TRIATHLONS - It's hard to believe that this race is nine-years-old already. A great event, it's one of ou region's largest (1500ish participants) and most competitive tris. It also boasts a stunning location, great production and execution, and terrific amenities.

Without further ado, here are our predictions for Sunday's race at picturesque Paradise Park in Chisago City.

HALF IRONMAN -

- The men's pro record is 3:55:25 and we think that it is in jeopardy. We will not bet against David Thompson (photo L) here. DKT has been victorious for five straight years and though Wisconsin pro Tom Gerlach wants to end the streak, we don't think that will happen. A win for David will mark the 18th time he's won a 70.3....

HOLT XXIX...

HOLT-girls.gifPhoto - L - R - Women's podium: Christina Roberts (3rd), Suzie Fox (1st), Nicole Heininger (2nd).

HEART OF THE LAKES XXIX - Dan Hedgecock and Matthew Payne went 1-2 at Duathlon Nationals on Saturday in St. Paul, and despite the requisite fatigue and sore muscles, they finished first/second again on Sunday at the Heart of the Lakes / Minnesota State Triathlon Championships.

Interestingly, both men are considered champions, Dan, a pro, for finishing 1st, and Matt, for winning the amateur title.

Hedge an M-Payne overtook eventual bronze medalist Marcus Stromberg during the bike portion, but Marcus did let them out of his sight. In the end, only thirty-six seconds separated him from Payne. In five starts this season, Stromberg has never missed the podium. More impressively, four of those events--Best of the US, Life Time - Minneapolis, HOLT and Buffalo Olympic--had national-level men's fields. Marcus has truly proven that he can bark with the big dogs, and we're anxious to see how he fares at Nationals next month....

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