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May is "Waterless Triathlon" Month....

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In 1985 a race management company known as Klein & Clark produced a terrific "waterless triathlon" in Palm Springs, California. It was called "Desert Princess." As the well-promoted inaugural run-bike-run, it drew the top triathletes in the world at the time, guys like Mark Allen, the Scott's Tinley, Molina and Dave, and women like Erin Baker and Paula Newby Fraser, plus some new kids that would soon become the elite run-bike-runners. We are talking about Kenny Souza, George Pierce, Liz Downing and others....

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What Kind of Triathlon Finisher Are You?

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By Adam Hill (triathlete.com)

Triathlon is an inherently silly sport. We dress up in spandex and punish ourselves through three events—not one, not two, but three. All for a shiny medal and the glory of the finish line.

Ah yes, the finish line. It’s what we train for, what we celebrate, and it can bring out the best in people. It can also bring out…other things. In that state of euphoria and exhaustion, unique quirks arise—some quirkier than others. There are almost as many different types of finishers as there are racers, but a few quirks float to the surface as the most common. Maybe I’m biased, since I’m guilty of many of these, but I don’t think we should be ashamed of our finish line foolishness. Instead, we should celebrate our uniqueness, and embrace the silliness of this sport we know and love. Declare loudly and proudly: Yes, I am a puker. ...

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The Battle of the Carbs...

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By Cami Eckhoff

Fueling and hydration - this aspect of endurance training caught me by surprise last year. I guess you could say I learned the hard way. Migraines post race (all but 1), headaches after long training sessions, terrible side stitches during two of my races, didn’t go to the bathroom once during my half Ironman of 5 hours… can you say DEHYDRATED! It was my own battle of the carbs - I knew I needed them and was told approximately how many per hour for my long sessions and races but I was still skeptical of it and thought I would put on extra weight because of it, so I skimped on it and didn’t take time to learn what would work best for my body so I could maximize my time on the course. This 4th discipline of triathlon is just as important, so is the 5th, rest… but that’s for another day!

Now that I have a greater understanding of the science behind it and the importance of it from listening to many podcasts on fueling and hydration for endurance sports and working with my coach, there are general principles and guidelines to follow as well as a variety of ways to fuel (gels, chews, drinks, etc) and each athlete needs to figure out what works best for them...

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Central Minnesota Endurance Classics!

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Central Minnesota's Premier Race Event, the 22nd Earth Day Run is back after a two-year pandemic hiatus, and it promises to be better than ever! We invite you to join more than 2500 other runners and walkers next weekend for this annual classic. ...

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Why is Triathlon So Popular for People Over-50?

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By Rashelle Brown (nextavenue.org)

If someone asked you to name some lifetime sports, you'd probably list golf, tennis, hiking, nordic skiing or pickleball. What probably wouldn't jump to mind, is the grueling swim-bike-run of triathlon. That's why we were surprised to learn that a high percentage of triathletes — as many as half of participants in some races — are over 50....

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