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Bad Mantras and a Face Full of Ocean...

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By Mary Miller (beginnertriathlete.com

It was 2009 and I was going to turn 50 soon. I wanted to feel like I at least accomplished something in my life before I hit the big 5-0. So, hey, why not do a triathlon?! I was overweight by about 100 pounds. I trained by myself and followed one of Beginner Triathlete’s training plans, which was crucial because I would not have trained correctly and probably would have had an injury. Beside my stomach in knots and not breathing for the hours leading up to the start horn at the lake, I felt I was ready. Unlike the majority, I was not worried about the swim. I love to swim. But the bike and run were different – I’m a LOT less buoyant! 

The most important lesson I learned about my first tri was, don’t worry if you’re last or not, or what place you’re in. You won’t know for sure until it’s over anyway. Just do your very best and finish – no matter how you get there! I was so consumed with not being last, it ruined the whole experience for me. It was horrible. What a horrible mantra that was. Yes, I finished. No, I was not last. Sure, I knew I had work to do, but I failed to see the accomplishment of all the hard work I had put in. ...

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Hope, Belief & Rodents...

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By Shyanne McGregor

I’m the 1950’s, Curt Richter performed an experiment in which he put domestic and wild rats in a bucket of water to see how long they’d last before they drowned.

 Domestic rats lasted two minutes. Wild rats, normally strong swimmers, lasted just a bit longer. 

Curt had an idea why they drowned so quick. So he tested his theory. The next time, just before drowning, he took the rats out, held them and helped them recover, then put them back in. This time….they treaded water for 60 hours. Why?? They had HOPE! They BELIEVED  they would be saved and pushed their bodies far past what they previously thought possible. ...

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Finding Your Adaptation Zone...

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By Cami Eckhoff

After recognizing some training errors over the past few months that unfortunately led to injury, I decided it was time to educate myself more. I’ve been listening to @runsmarterseries podcast and working with the amazing @shyanne_mcgregor. Knowledge is power.

I am starting to jog again with a conservative increase and monitoring week by week (5 minutes slow jog, 1 minute walk for 40 minutes).

If you’re just getting into running, I recommend tuning in to the first 10 short episodes to hopefully start and stay an injury free runner!

Here are a few takeaways I had:  ...

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Bazooka Laps & Track Clumping...

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By Ted Treise

Clash Miami Race Report - Hands down my favorite race ever – a curvy lap course on the Homestead Miami NASCAR Speedway, world class competition, and a race promoter that treats triathlon’s elite like actual professionals. Let’s dive in.

Lead Up

The lead up into the race started with Ironman Florida, the second week of November 2021. After I found out Ironman’s are in fact quite hard; I took 6 weeks off and put a start to structed training around mid-December. Getting going from the off-season to race season is something like…

1. I took too much time off, there’s no turning this liquored fueled pizza ship back into an athlete.
2. I guess that workout wasn’t a complete disaster and we might have a chance.
3. I am a god – may the lord have mercy for those who stand against me!  ...

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John Needs Us...

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MTN is interrupting its usual content formatting to post some very important information about a Rock Star member of our triathlon community who is fighting for his life. Our dear friend John Snitko needs our help.

We should all GoFundMe -  LINK

CaringBridge - LINK

So many of us have anxiously awaited those ever important results at events over the last 30 years. John was often the man behind those results. If you don't know him personally, you certainly know, and have benefitted from, his work. He is a kind and caring man who reaches out to help others. His wife Jill has been a champion to him, a rock to the family as she so wonderfully cares for him in such a devastating time. Funds raised will go directly to them for out of pocket medical costs, comfort care/items they may need, or just a little extra for them to do something fun. They are humble and hard working. We had to coax them a bit to let us help....

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