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"After Three Years of Pondering"....

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ED. HEART OF THE LAKES TRIATHLON coverage will post on Tuesday. RESULTS

 

By Jessica Maher (headwaterstri.org)

Timberman Sprint Race Report - After 3 years of pondering, one cancelled race, and 3 weeks of scrambling to make up for a month of lazy (ok nonexistent) training, I finally did it! I completed my first triathlon. After many recommendations, I zeroed in on the Timberman in Cohasset.

The weather was perfect. The sun was out, the lake was calm, and only a slight breeze. The morning was a blur. I was a nervous wreck. Tried to eat breakfast, but couldn’t. Stared at my bike a lot, and aimlessly dug through my bag looking for things I may have forgotten to lay out in my transition area.

Race time! Thirty one minutes passed between the first wave going out in the swim and my own so I got comfortable chatting with a couple of nice women from my heat. It turned out that we were all nurses. After bonding over our ability to handle any bodily fluid it was our turn to go. I contemplated running out of the lake screaming but held myself back....

G-Man Clearwater Preview Part I...

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GRANITEMAN - CLEARWATER PREVIEW - The original Graniteman Sprint Triathlon started fourteen years ago in the village of Rockville, southeast of St. Cloud. It stayed at that site for six years before relocating to a superior venue in Clearwater. Doing the math, the G-Man-Clearwater Sprint, and its newer Olympic race, which launched in 2015, will celebrate its eighth anniversary on June 8. These are awesome events, and are part of the three-race Graniteman Tri Series....

Erin's Guide to A Good Night's Sleep...

eril_larson.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Mornings are quite possibly my favorite time of the day. There’s nothing like the quiet before the world’s awake, drinking a cup of coffee while reading a good book (and snuggling with Luma!) or sweating out some bike intervals to Girl Talk blaring in my ears.

That said, it’s important to set myself up for a good morning and a successful triathlon season – both involve getting a good night’s rest. Here are a few ways that help me wind down each evening and fall asleep shortly after hitting the pillow…

Shut down screens

I try really hard to turn off my laptop and iPhone screens by 9p every night. It doesn’t always happen, but it helps to be aware of it. If I recognize I’m mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, I shut it off (and only turn my phone back on to check that my alarm’s set).

If you have be on your computer, install f.lux (it’s free). It warms your computer display, eliminating the annoying blue light that can keep you awake. Similarly, be sure to turn on your iPhone’s night shift....

His Body Spoke. Paul Listened...

paul_rockwood.pngED. Hey, do you know Paul Rockwood? If you don't he's an awesome guy with a great family. He's made some tough choices recently. Check out this important and inspiring Facebook post:

 

It's with a heavy (overworked) heart that I am making a decision to retire sooner than later from competing in the endurance sports that have consumed me over the last 7 years.  The main reason for this is due to recent sensations in my heart that I can describe as "flutters" and "downshifts" sometimes when I relax at the end of the day.  It's a scary feeling and led me to research what was happening with the most important muscle in my body.  To summarize what I've learned from studies involving the long-term affects that extreme endurance training and racing has on the heart, there are structural changes and damage occurring in the heart due to the extreme demands and stress it is put through during the many long runs, bikerides, and swims.   My mind decides what my body will do, and the heart has no choice but to try and keep up.  In order to keep up more efficiently the heart...

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