Empowerment & Back-Having...



By Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com)  


Mid-July, two enthusiastic players from my U10 girls soccer team excitedly set off to a 5-day local day camp. Improving ball skills, preparing for the fall season, and having fun was the objective. After the second day, however, one player had a mysterious stomach ache and was picked up from camp mid-morning, while the other player erupted into tears the moment she buckled herself into the back of her mom’s car upon noon pick-up.  Both players, independently, stated they never wanted to go back to camp. “We hate it” was the message—their shared attitude was the antithesis of what “Coach Ruth” grew to admire.  As it eventually surfaced, ‘mean kids’ were having a great old time targeting the two girls with incessant verbal teasing and distracting them from camp enjoyment. The 20-year old camp coach was oblivious to the dynamics....

Getting Sick After Races?



By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)


You’re most vulnerable to falling ill 72 hours post-race. Here’s how to avoid it.

When you crossed that finish line, you had never felt stronger. But less than two days later, you’ve never felt sicker. What gives?

“If you’ve raced and developed an upper respiratory tract infection the following day, you’re not alone,” says Dr. Leah Roberts, emergency room physician and co-founder of SteadyMD. “You’re most vulnerable to getting sick 72 hours post-race.”

When the body is stressed, it produces increased levels of cortisol, a hormone that suppresses many of the body’s defense mechanisms against germs. This happens whether the stress comes in the form of a pressing deadline at work or an argument with a spouse. Race day, however, takes stress to the max...

Bling Queen Victorious at Eagan...



LIFE TIME LAKEVILLE INDOOR TRI - While the Chan race boasted a record turnout, the Lakeville event was able to basically match it's 2017 crowd. Seventy-one participants finished the event.


Leading the way for the guys was Superior Man and Ironman Arizona veteran ANDY AKASON, who won handily. His point total was 205, a full 13 points better than the runner-up.

Originally from Eau Claire, Andy lives in Rosemount now and is a personal trainer at LTF Eagan. He loves his Golden Retriever and believes, as we do, that "only real men listen to Taylor Swift." He watches "Game of Thrones" and admits to enjoying Sponge Bob. He uses Everyman Jack personal grooming products.


His co-winner was AMANDA NESBITT,  a self-described "Bling Queen," who listens to "Good For Gary," an excellent cover band. She has awesome biceps (photo). FYI, she placed 3rd overall at Eagan.

Here are the Top 5 male and female finishers:  ...

Great Day for the Weums....


Photo - The family that tris together: Lauren and  Michael Weum.


LIFE TIME PLYMOUTH INDOOR TRIATHLON - Like the Chanhassen indoor, the Plymouth race on January 21 boasted a hearty turnout. Eighty-eight athletes finished the race, nineteen more than the previous year.

We hope this trend carries over to the outdoor season. 


The men's winner was avid distance runner MICHAEL WEUM. Michael has traveled in South America and prefers Argentine food to Chilean cuisine, but agrees that the scenery in both countries is breathtaking.

Michael wasn't the only Weum to rock at Plymouth. His wife, LAUREN, placed 12th among the 52 women who competed.

Back to Michael: he prefers Jimmy Fallon to Stephen Colbert, pronounced "Cole-Bear," it's a French thing, and Jimmy Kimmel. Both he and his wife are into Christian music. We listened to one of their fave bands--"Sidewalk Prophets'--and liked them. Lauren agrees with us that the BBC's show, "Sherlock" needs to be a regular series. FYI, Benedict Cumberbatch is incredible as Sherlock....

Why We Tri....


Remember to find your reasons for triathlon and go back to those each time, writes Meredith Atwood.


By Meredith Atwood (triathlete.com)


There’s a sentiment in triathlon that you should work your “weakest” sport the most. Makes sense, I guess—if you aren’t great at something, you should keep practicing to bring it up to proficiency. Sometimes however, that one sport we need to practice really becomes a drag.

Dreading the workout or that leg of the race starts takes the fun out of what we are doing in the first place. We start to think: I hate to run. I hate to ride. I hate to swim. 

Sort of begs the question: why are we doing this sport? If we are saying those words, what are we doing? If we hate any part of it, why do we keep showing up? Sure, there’s a testament to our commitment and our speed and our amazing discipline.

But are there valid reasons to keep coming back to something when we say things like, “I hate to run” over and over again? Perhaps....

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