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Duo Repeats Pattern at Apple Duathlon...

apple-runners.gif(Photo by Steve Diamond Elemtents)

By Frank Rajkowski (sctimes.com)

SARTELL — This is getting to be a familiar pattern for Mathew Payne and Patrick Parish.

For the second year in a row, the 39-year-old Payne was first and the 31-year-old Parish was second at the Apple Duathlon.

The race, now in its 34th year, began on an overcast Saturday morning at Sartell Middle School and drew about 270 entrants. Competitors ran 5 kilometers, biked 33, then finished with a second 5K run....

"...darn proud of this day."

ERIN-MEDAL.gifBy Erin Sontowski (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)

Gear West Duathlon Race Report - First things first, if you are not a fan of random Game Of Thrones references every now and again, now is the time for you to leave. Heck, I'll even hold the door for you. (If you are caught up with this season, this reference will be both heartbreaking and relevant for you.) While this blog is predominately triathlon and fitness related, you can definitely bet on the fact that there will be many super nerdy puns and interjections that come from the fantasy book and movie genre. Cough, cough, Harry Potter mostly, cough, cough.

But I digress. Back to the important matters at hand. It is that glorious time of year that thousands of us Minnesota inhabitants dream of. It is finally warm enough to pull our bikes off the trainers, shed our many layers of sub zero thermal gear, and to get back out onto the roads and trails of the beautiful midwest. As with every start of the 2016 multi sport season, Gear West Duathlon is usually the first race for most of us, and 2016 was no...

"Fun Size" Challenge....

snickers-fun-size_2.gifThe MTN Guys are glad that the road construction in the southwest Metro has been completed and that the CHASKA TRIATHLON can return to the schedule.

We worry, however, that 2016 CT enrollment will dip, which will jeopardize the event's sponsorship, and ultimately the future of the race.

The reason for our concern is the observation that most events need a few years to bounce back after a cancellation, or if the prior edition of the event had been plagued by yucky weather....

"We All Know That Place, Right?"

timehop.gifBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Last week, Timehop reminded me what was happening in my life at this time last year: a lot of running. One-hundred and fifty-six miles of running in fact.

Gee, thanks. Just what I wanted to see when my running mileage is currently zero.

Immediately after reading that post, my mind did that automatic thing that everyone’s mind does: it went to that dark and unhealthy place of comparison.

We all know that place, right? The one that tells us we aren’t doing enough as so-and-so, training hard enough, biking enough, running enough, eyebrows perfect enough. The one that tells us we aren’t good enough. It’s not a fun place to be, inside your head like that, second guessing every little decision. Maybe I if I only did this. Or, maybe if I only did that. Maybe if I had better eyebrow genes! Damn you, mom and dad! (I’m kidding, mom and dad!)

When you stay in your head like that, comparing your journey to someone else’s journey – or even sometimes to your own journey from another point in time – you know what? Your journey suddenly loses its luster and sucks. Because her journey looks so much better! She always makes it look effortless and perfect… pushes so many watts… runs so many miles a week… look at her Strava data!  ...

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