Making Aquabike a "Thing"...


Over burrito bowls at Qdoba in Brooklyn Center, Heart of the Lakes race director Jeff Holmberg, a truly cool guy who met golf legend Gary Player once (photo), and another guy discussed the state of triathlon in Minnesota. More specifically, they talked about declining enrollment at races and what can be done to revitalize the scene. Both were heartened that most, if not all, of our state's race directors are discussing this and want to do whatever is necessary to rebuild the sport.

Jeff and the guy discussed:

  • The good work that Greg Dummer and Laura Swartz are doing with their new Facebook page: Tri It Up North (Check it out, if you haven't done so already!)

  • The cost of producing events vs. the cost of participation.

  • The effect of long distance emphasis on sprint and Olympic enrollments.

  • The athlete's responsibility to introduce others to the lifestyle.

  • Minnesota's dedicated Ironman participants, the group who train exclusively for and participate in 140.6s, all of which are staged outside of Minnesota.

  • The behavior of “new” triathletes, who appear to race less often than their veteran peers, and are more likely to have a recreational approach to the sport, rather than adopting it as a lifestyle.

  • Getting those who race infrequently to add a race or two to their schedules.

  • The apparent imbalance between the arrival of new triathletes—those that have come to the sport in the last 5-6 years—and the exit of older ones....

Travel Advice From a Smart Guy...


By Matt Dixon (usatriathlon.org)


Long gone are the days when flying was fun!

Or so we’re told by those who remember the days of in-flight meals and sharp-dressed passengers. Today, flying is downright unpleasant. For athletes, getting from city to city can cause huge disruptions to workout schedules, recovery, sleeping and eating schedules not to mention suffering through flight delays and cramped conditions.

From choosing flight times to dealing with delays, reducing swelling and flight fatigue, Matt Dixon’s book "Fast-Track Triathlete" offers two dozen smart ways athletes can ensure that air travel impacts them less. Here are eight travel tips for athletes to make your next flight more “Meh” and less, “Argh!”

Maintaining Nutrition and Hydration

Make it your mission to be appropriately fed, hydrated, rested, and as limber as possible. However, you don’t want to consume too many calories. Going into a flight even a little bit hungry or semi-fasting is preferable to eating heavy foods like a burger and fries or fish and chips at the airport....

Full Effort...


By Denton Ketels (Magazine.grinnell.edu)
Madeleine Pesch ’16 likes to joke that she would never have found Grinnell if it weren’t for the “amazing pool” she first saw in a swimming-and-diving brochure. She went on to record plenty of stellar accomplishments in the Russell K. Osgood pool during her four years, but the double major in chemistry and gender, women’s, and sexuality studies (GWSS) meant taking academics just as seriously. Pesch’s balanced effort won her both the Honor G Scholastic Award and the President’s Medal, which is presented annually to the senior who exemplifies the ideal Grinnell student in terms of scholarship, leadership, poise, maturity, responsibility, and service....

In Defense of Late Sleepers...



By Kelly O'Mara, aka the "Salty Triathlete" (triathlete.com)


Every weekend, some friend texts me wanting to meet at 7 a.m. (or, God forbid, earlier) for a ride. No, just no. It is Sunday. I am sleeping and riding at a reasonable hour. Like 10 a.m.

You’re laughing. You’re thinking, “10 a.m. is ridiculous, lazy, everyone knows you have to ride earlier than that. Who does this girl think she is?” I know you’re thinking that because everyone thinks that, because we’ve all been conditioned to believe earlier is better.

We think of early risers as go-getters, hard workers. We cajole people not to waste their days, and we wrap it up in a sense of moral superiority. Studies have found those who arrive at offices earlier are perceived as better employees—even if they’re working the same total number of hours at the late risers. Built into our society is the adage: “The early bird gets the worm.” There’s no saying like, “The worm would probably be better off sleeping in.”  ...

Overtrained? Eat More!



Use these three simple but effective nutrition changes to help dig yourself out of a hole.


By Jeff Gaudette (triathlete.com)


If you’re a fairly serious athlete, you’re bound to go through periods in your training cycle when you over do it. Even elite athletes, who have coaches literally monitoring almost every step they take, can fall into the trap of training too hard and pushing their body beyond its limits.


While finding the perfect balance between putting in the necessary miles and allowing for proper recovery is the Holy Grail, the reality is that many often overstep the tight rope that is optimal training and find themselves bordering on being overtrained and desperate for recovery....

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