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Food & Mood...

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By Anna Sewall (triathlete.com)

By helping us with everything from pushing watts to celebrating a birthday, food plays an important role in how we experience daily life—it even affects our mood. If you’re looking for a happier outlook, understanding the link between mood and food can help.

Mood and Food: The Relationship
1. It Improves Brain Health and Function
Certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium, and other nutritional gems found in produce have been found to promote expression of a protein in the brain called Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF allows your brain to form new connections and pathways. A healthy brain can make new connections easily. Eating foods rich in the above nutrients increase BDNF and you get better brain function. What you eat can literally help rewire your brain and grow new neurons.

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Neil and Christel....

It's safe to say that within the talented group of athletes that comprise the Headwaters Tri Club, that Neil King and Christel Kippenhan are the most decorated. Neil is a former Minnesota Grand Master of the Year, an award he is nominated for on almost an annual basis. He has also medaled at Nationals and Worlds.

Christel is a three-time Minnesota Master of the Year nominee who has just aged-up to Grand Master status, and is expected to garner future GMOY nominations. Her resume features double-digit overal women's victories.

Here's some great art and information on these two fine triathletes:

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"It Felt Just Like a Race"...

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By Jason Larson

What we did was organize a small training triathlon since all of the races through the end of July are canceled. It is understandable why they had to cancel, nevertheless many of us are bummed we cannot do some of the races we love so much. we arranged a small Sprint triathlon at square lake Park in Stillwater. It is very similar to the square lake Sprint triathlon, and in fact used the same bike course....

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I Was Hooked!

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By Christel Kippenhan (seecktri.wordpress.com)

Without any triathlon race reports for this year, I thought I write about some other triathlon related stuff, sort of.

It’s Wednesday afternoon, time for my regular 3000 yds swim workout along the shoreline of Lake Movil Bay. I was on the third repetition of my 5 x 200 yd set (~ 2300 yds into my workout, and about 1/4 mile from my place) when I got a bit too close to a patch of reeds.  I brushed with...  

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The Race Must Go On!

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By Steve Gunther

CHANHASSEN – The morning of Saturday, June 20th could not have been more perfect for a triathlon. The air temperature was 63 degrees and the water temperature just a few degrees higher than that. Absolutely no wind, perfect glassy water and not a cloud in the sky. It was glorious…except for one small thing: Two months earlier the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon originally set for that Saturday had been cancelled due to CoVid-19 concerns....

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