Puffer Fishing & Lots of Ketchup...



ED. LAMS is an awesome tri club frm the Brainerd Lakes area. Those folks know how  to party! Let's meet one  of their board members today. He's an extremely tall guy named Mike Hushagen


MEET THE LAMS BOARD: Mike Hushagen (who's hoggin')

I haven't had a race go bad, but one of the toughest was the Liberty half ironman in 2016. High humidity and temperatures in the mid 90s made for a pretty rough run. 

For 2018 I'm trying some new races. My first ultra (Chippewa 50k), my first mountain bike race (Lutsen 39er), and the Superiorman half which I've never done before.

My favorite workout is the hilly summer group rides. There are some really fun routes in the Lakes area! ...






In its first six years, SUPERIOR MAN Half & 41.5 had won the coveted "Race of the Year" banner three times. If you've done the race, you know that it's a world class athletic experience. If you haven't, you're in for a treat.

And if you sign up by February 15, you'll be rewarded with big savings....

Talented Sophomore....



Every winter the MTN Guys write about athletes who we believe are on the brink of regional stardom. Two years ago we predicted, like many others, that Wade Cruser would join our state's elite ranks. He then exceeded everyone's expectations; everyone's except his own.

Last year we predicted that Maggie Weiss and Kelly Trom would earn Team MInnesota berths. We were right.

These prognostications were not ballsy or prescient. Anyone who cared could see that those athletes were emerging.

Who will be this year's rising stars? We can think of several. We believe that this will be the year that KRISTINA SWENSON breaks out. EMILY MUELLNER also has, in our opinion, what it takes to be a star.

We plan to write more about these women soon, but today we are highlighting another athlete who we believe is ready to go to the next level.

His name is JAKE BRAAM. He's 27 and is from Elysian.

Jake was a strong Rookie of the Year nominee in 2017, placing 2nd behind Keeghan Hurley, who is currently in the process of acquiring a pro license. Jake's performances in '17 were very solid. Check them out:...

Driven to Lead...



From Securian.com

As a college sophomore, Heather Lendway pondered whether to stick with the swim team for a second year. She had no idea of how greatly the decision would impact her life. 

Heather had been swimming almost her entire life – she was three years old when she first entered the pool and began competing at age eight. Propelled by the excitement of consistent victory and her naturally competitive spirit, she continued on through high school and her first year in college. ...

Are You Sabotaging Your Running?


The surprising habits that get in the way of running well, and how you can get back on track.


By Jonathan Beverly (triathlete.com)

Your body knows how to run—smoothly, efficiently, injury-free. What’s more, the way it runs is tailored to maximize your specific dimensions and preferred movement patterns. Why then, do runners often fall into an inefficient and injury-producing running form? Believe it or not, the blame may lie outside of your training hours. Our modern lifestyles, full of comfort and convenience, conspire to compromise our flexibility, strengths, and balance. Here are five things you’re doing to sabotage your running form, and how to counteract them.

You sit too much.

The most insidious alteration of runners’ form stems from the posture we’ve been forced into most of every day since pre-school: sitting. Sitting keeps the hips in a permanent flexed position, with the thighs in front of the torso. Eventually, our hip flexors in front become short and stiff and the glutes in the back turn off and get weak, throwing off the alignment of our hips and making a natural, powerful, backwards-driving stride impossible....

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