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I Kissed Selene, Drank Magic Juice & Chatted About All Sorts of Things...

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By Erin Lahti

Ironman Wisconsin 2018, was my first Full.  In the 30 weeks of training, I tried to remind myself that I am choosing to do this incredibly difficult thing because I want to live the fullest life I can.  Race day is a reward for the months of hard training.  I know a lot of things can go wrong.  I didn't want to put too high of expectations on myself.  I just want to become an Ironman. ...

From Hypothermia to Hawaii...

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By Nick Serratore


Exactly 1 year ago today I was walking the full 26.2 miles of the marathon of my second Ironman to a disappointing 14:52:56 day and having to nurse myself (with the aid of my parents, cousin, and friend) out of hypothermia after the race... After that day, I took some time to reevaluate why I have competed in Ironman triathlons. I realized it was mostly because I loved the people I meet and compete with. The triathlon community is like a family that you can only want to be a part of and racing in an Ironman gives you an almost instantaneous bond with anyone you meet that has also completed such a rigorous race. However, I didn't need to continue racing Ironman distance races to obtain that anymore. I'd completed two and experienced both a great day in 2016 and a lousy one in 2017. It was with that understanding that I realized I had my own personal desire and dream to someday race at Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and that I'd give that dream one more shot before I aged up into the 30-34 age group next year.


This year I had more fun racing. I didn't take it nearly as seriously and I tried to relax and let the day be what it was meant to be at each race. But most of all, I made new friends and enjoyed the community. I didn't post nearly the quantity of information on my own activities on Facebook as I have in the past, mostly because as far as I was concerned, this year was for me and giving my own dream one last shot....

Coffee on Race Morning? Yes or No?

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By Laura Anatonucci (triathlete.com)

 

Q: I love my morning cup of coffee. Should I cut it out on race morning to stay hydrated and improve my performance? 

 

A: Every time I give a sports nutrition talk to a group or team, this question is asked. I too look forward to my morning coffee for a host of reasons—taste, warmth, morning ritual, and a wake-up “boost.” Should we cut it out on race morning? Thankfully, the answer is no!

 

First, let’s dispel the dehydration myth. When consumed regularly, and at moderate amounts (see below), caffeinated coffee does not lead to dehydration or excessive urine loss, and therefore may be counted toward total fluid needs (phew!).

Now what about caffeine’s performance benefits? Dozens of studies have shown performance benefits of caffeine consumption in athletes, including lower RPE (rate of perceived exertion), improved endurance performance and clearer concentration....

It's Party Time!

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You are invited!

 

In the last few years, the Minnesota Multisport Awards Party, though billed as an "excuse to have a party for everyone," had attracted mostly decorated athletes, which is to say, award nominees. Changes needed to be made to make the post-seson party more inclusive.

So, this year's party will not include the MMAs, which have been renamed the MMHs (Minnesota Multisport Honors). The organizing committee hopes that by removing the ceremonial chunk of the event, thus making the the festivities less formal, but more social, that attendance will increase. The goal will not only be to celebrate the 2018 season, but to build community.

The event--2018 Tri Social--will not be in November, or in the evening, as it had been in the past. Instead it will be earlier, and during the day (11:30 AM - 2:30PM). It will happen on Saturday, October 13, and feature a potluck picnic. ...

The Coveted #1 Bib...

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Sometimes to be #1, you need to know what it’s like to be last.

By Doobie Kurus


Wow, has it been 5 years already for the Hopkins Royal Triathlon (HoRT)? It seems like just yesterday, I was sending out our first swimmer on a flooded beach, creating signage out of yellow cloth napkins, and forgetting to order the post race fruit. Flash forward to last Saturday, and although I constantly get positive feedback about my attention to details, and my endless energy, rest assure, there are still plenty of things going on behind the scenes I feel I missed, and I slept really well Saturday night after the race.


People have often noticed we do some things a little differently for the HoRT. For starters, we offer a true mini-sprint, with 2 entry level swim distances (50 and 100 yards), and a chance for newbies to pick the long or the short distances for each the swim, bike, and run. We have a special place in our hearts for Clydesdales and Athenas, by which they get the middle row in Transition, chairs to sit down upon, and the chance to start off our race. We also assign starting positions mainly by the order in which people register, not by age, gender, or ability. In other words, we reward those who take a chance on us, sometimes 9 months in advance. Some race directors have shaken their heads when we describe the things we do. Other (current and former) race directors, like Bill Copenhagen, Ross Rogney, Kris Swarthout, Scott Tripps, Kevin Christenson, and Tony Schiller, have not only liked what we do, but have come out to either volunteer, or even participate in the HoRT. ...

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