Family Support....



By Mike Buenting (from Facebook)


This morning while rocking my bike workout. I watched a documentary about Western States 100 mile trail run/race. The athletes featured in it talked about their family, their children and how they do this stuff to inspire and motivate their kids.


How they could not chase these crazy goals without the amazing support of family and friends around them. Then I started to reflect on how much my time training and racing with Bella means to me! and how I crave moments like the one in the photo where we hug at the finish line. And how Bella and I could not do any of this without the support of the amazing SW (Shannon Waggoner)! She is the brains and glue of this crazy family operation that makes it all go.



2018 is here and Bella and I have a lot of lofty goals! And I can't wait to share so many moments like this with her as it's what makes me smile and keep on going everyday!  ...

Being Better...



By Erin Ladendorf (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)

Here we are. Late January. The time of year that every triathlete dreads. (Or maybe its just me. But I have a feeling I am not alone in this thought.)

It's freezing cold out. The days feel like they are 5 hours long. And getting into a pool at 5 am feels like what I would imagine walking the Green Mile to certain death feels like. However instead of lethal injection, it's set of 100s, 200s, and enough kick sets to make your hips pop out of their sockets. Plus running outside is like a really sick game of "don't slip on ice and break your face" every time you step out the door. So that is challenging in it's own right.

However I probably shouldn't complain. After Ironman I took an Epic trip to Costa Rica as a reward for all my hard work. And let me tell you, some days I really think I could have stayed there forever. It also turns out that surfing is great cross training for triathlon! I found that the vacation was a much needed mental break after the intense stress of 2017, and it set me up to tackle 2018 with a clear mind and open heart. Plus, I learned how to open a coconut with a machete, so that's pretty cool too....

How You Should Train in the Offseason...



By Matt Dixon (UsaTriathlon.org)

In “Fast-Track Triathlete,” elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon offers his plan of attack for high performance in long-course triathlon — without sacrificing work or life. Developed for busy professionals with demanding schedules, Dixon’s program makes your PR possible in IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, Rev3, and Challenge triathlon in just seven to 10 hours a week.

In the book, Matt Dixon offers an overview of his top priorities and goals for each phase of the year: the offseason, the pre-season and race preparation. His book offers training schedules and key workouts for each phase. Let’s take a look at how Dixon recommends triathletes training during their offseason.

Postseason Phase: The Offseason

The true “start” of your season comes on the heels of a break at the end of the prior season. The postseason phase can be 4 to 12 weeks, depending on your experience level, when your previous season finished, and your race plans for the upcoming season. You should not be at full training capacity during the postseason. Even if compressed in time, your training load should be nowhere near your max. In addition, you can enjoy a degree of flexibility in this phase. Although hitting every intensity during every week and phase of the year is important, it is all about how much intensity. In these weeks, you will do very little threshold work and will not have event-specific focus....

Cool Stuff & Kinda Sad Stuff...



Lots of unpredictable stuff happened during the 2017 season, some of which was very cool, some of which was somewhat sad. Let's look at some of those things.



- Three women--GABY BUNTEN, CHRISTINA ROBERTS, KORTNEY HAAG--were legitimate Triathlete of the Year candidates. Typically, there is a clear choice. Very cool!

- BRIAN SAMES and his girlfriend TORI NUGENT had twins who they tell apart by their hats! 

- Team Minnesota featured three first timers: NATHAN ANSBAUGH, MAGGIE WEISS and KELLY TROM.



- 2017 Everthing of the Year HANNA GRINAKER was not nominated for awards, nor did she earn a spot on Team MInnesota. It felt weird not to have her in the mix. She only raced in three multis, in which she had impressive results:

2nd @ Apple (behind Dani Vsetecka's POY-nominated win) ...

Winter Tri Preview...



KING BOREAS WINTER TRIATHLON 2018 PREVIEW - We're writing this on Monday afternoon and it's snowing like a banshee. This gladdens our hearts 'cuz we LOVE snow and all the ways that it can be played in.

We are also stoked that this means that Saturday's King Boreas Winter Triathlon will actually be a triathlon, not a du like it was in 2017. Please note that a du is included as part of the program, but is not part of the National Championships.

The race is expecting about 100 entrants, which is awesome. Winter tri is a relatively new sport  in the US, and there aren't enough races to justify specific training. Unlike our European counterparts, there are few, if any, dedicated winter triathletes in America.

We'd love to see that change, and Jeremy Sartain and Coack K are doing their part to help that along.

In it's 3rd year, the King B is a HOOT! Less a cutthroat competitive race than an athletic experience. More than anything else, it's a celebration of winter in Minnesota.It is, after all, an official St. Paul Winter Carnival event.

Because it is what we do, we are going to preview the race, concentrating on the frontrunners and making predictions. The first prediction that we'll make is that everyone will love it, even those who are on skis for the first time.

So who are the Top Guys, in our humble opinion? ...

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