Glory Requires Alignment...



By Mike Buenting (mikebuenting.wordpress.com)


.....November 12th was the Madison Marathon this was the final race of my 2017 season and I’m glad it’s behind me now! So as every major race ends for me part of my moving on process is to write about the experience and help me process the day, the training, and move on. So that’s why you all get to read my blog post now.

For 10-11 years now, I have run 2-3 marathons per year and when I signed up for Madison marathon 2017 I said this would be my final marathon for one year! So, 2018 will be my first year of no marathon races, I’m going all in for multi-sport and I’m sure run some shorter stuff like a 10 mile or half marathon. I’m really looking forward to the break from the marathon and the work load that goes with training for a marathon. But 2019 I’m sure I’ll be back chasing after that 26.2 mile distance!

Back to Madison marathon, so this is the hardest course I have ever run! I have raced Boston 9 times, New York City, Twin Cities, Chicago, Des Moines, Phoenix AZ, Houston TX lots of races and I would say none of them were this hard! The hills on this course are just relentless and they just keep piling on the hardest of hills late in the race! The hill at mile 22 was just mean, and the finish line is straight up hill so mile 26 was wicked as well! Mix in...

National Honorees...



Minnesota's premier amateur multisport athletes have always been prominent in USA Triathlon's Athlete of the Year conversation. Since the millennial change, it is a rare season wherein several of our state's athletes were not honored.

In the last three years, Minnesotans have fared especially well, with 27 (!) of our state's athletes receiving national recognition.

Pretty cool, huh? Check it out:

2016 -

- Patrick Parish - Men's Elite Duathlon of the Year (photo L)

- Matthew Payne - Men's AG Duathlete of the Year HM

- Jenn Scudiero - Women's AG Duathlete of the Year HM

- Derek Hager - Men's AG Master of the Year HM

- Manuel Knispel - Women's AG Master of the Year


2015 - 

- Matthew Payne - Men's Triathlete of the Year HM

- Tony Schiller - Men's Master of the Year ...

Judy's Thoughts....



ED. Race organizers and promoters have been actively exploring ways to increase race attendance and bring renewed enthusiasm to Minnesota's multisport community. We encourage athletes to get involved in this process. Not long ago via email, one of our favorite triathletes, effervescent 79-year-old Judy Ryyken, shared some wise thoughts.


Good morning!


Just a few thoughts…who do race directors want to attract? Why do people go back over and over to favorite races?...

SwimRun Comes to Minnesota!



Richmond, VA - IGNITE SwimRun is the first US-based company to organize a multi-statet race series, offering events in Maryland, MINNESOTA, Rhode Island and Virginia in 2018. The Virginia race will serve as the first-ever SwimRun US. National Championship.

Inspired by the international OTILLO "Island to Island" races in Stockholm, Sweden, IGNITE SwimRun events are multistage endurance competitions in which two-person teams run and swim together through a cross country course involving up to 8 swim legs and 9 run legs covering 16-25 miles. Teams are allowed to wear wetsuits and use flotation bouys, paddles and tethers if they choose, but are required to carry all of their gear with them for the duration of the event....

Off Season Cycling Strategies: Relaxed Focus...



By Taylor Thomas (trainingpeaks.com)

When athletes talk about the “off-season,” often terms such as base miles, long slow training (LST), endurance rides and others get tossed around. These terms have become a catch-all to describe the training during a time of year when cyclists take a break from race specificity, and prepare mentally and physically for the coming season. 

Despite this period of relaxed focus, there’s still merit in performing dedicated workouts that allow you to hone in on key areas. These workouts should be specific in their purpose, well thought out, and take place during the appropriate training block. 

The right amount of focus during the off-season leads to a quicker transition to race-specific training, as well as increased confidence in an athlete’s preparedness to execute that training. 

Perform a Post-Season Analysis

When the race season has come to an end and it’s time for off-season preparation, a detailed post-season analysis is critical. Reviewing past races, workouts, and key metrics allows for time to reflect on the successes and possible shortcomings of the season. ...

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