By Nikki Dostert Sudberry


Norpine Fat Bike Classic Race Report - ❄️Somewhere between the start of this race, riding the mashed potato snow and the flat tire just before the finish, this ginger had a fucking melt down. Yup, full on; toddler style. But this one included the word “fuck” about 100 times. Some loud yelling. Kicking the snow and then falling in it, stripping off my kit and more yelling. Then as I sat there feeling defeated I started laughing. THIS is why not everyone races fat bikes.
This race is a fun and hard race. But depending on the weather it can make it harder. And that’s why we do it. This race tested everyone physically and mentally.
After my “ginger-snap” session and my hours pleading with God I approach the last km of my race with my flat tire. I decided not to change it with less than a mile left as it was faster to run with it. #cxskills ....

MTN's 2019 Wish List...Part I


Photo - Gaby Bunten working out with Leanda Cave.


By Warren Peece

Over the next several weeks we will be posting items from our 2019 “Wish List.” Here is our first of these stories.


We were disappointed when Gaby was not named AOY Honorable Mention in 2017. In our opinion, she was a slam dunk selection, but USAT opted to include Masters and Grand Masters among their overall AOY HMs, something they hadn't done since 2000. As a result, several deserving open class athletes—Gaby, Clay Emge, Jacqueline Godbe--were overlooked.

We certainly hope that USAT returns to their original format to determine this year's AOYs and HMs.

It probably seems odd that we want Bunten to win the national AOY award despite her being ranked a close 2nd for Minnesota's Triathlete of the Year. What needs to be understood is that our (MMA Committee) criteria differs from the Federation's. We concluded that Hannah Grinaker's total resume suggested that she was arguably the most talented amateur female triathlete in the US last year. She was brilliant in EVERY performance, turning in world class efforts at sprint, Olympic and half IM distances, plus posting what may have been the premier IM debut by an amateur American woman last year....


ED. Minnesota's Indoor tri season kicks off at the YWCA of Minneapolis on January 13. Are you registered yet? LINKindoorswim.png


By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)


The Life Time Indoor Tri is poised to drive new athletes to triathlon in 2019.

In the past, most new triathletes experienced race day as a trial by fire: a chaotic (and nerve-wracking) open-water swim, a test of bike-handling skills as more experienced triathletes whizzed past, and an overeager surge out of T2 on the run. Though the experience can be thrilling, it can also be terrifying—and keep many potential triathletes away from the sport.

But in 2019 and beyond, that is poised to change. According to Life Time Fitness, the majority of newbies in the sport will test the waters at an indoor triathlon....

Look Back Before You Look Forward...


By Steven Moody (triathlete.com)


You have to look back before you look forward if you want to be a better triathlete in 2019.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Your triathlon season is over. The evenings are getting darker and as we move into the holiday season, thoughts turn to new goals and plans for next year. Before you get on to the fun of goal setting, it is worth taking some time to reflect on the past race season to see what it can tell you about how to improve next season. This is something a lot of athletes neglect and, as a result, end up repeating the same mistakes or not pushing onto the next level....

"Forget Resolutions"....



By Meredith Atwood (triathlete.com)


We tend to over-complicate New Year's resolutions and instead need to "show up, open up, and see what happens from there."

What is it about resolutions that makes me feel like I messed up my entire prior year—and perhaps my entire life?

Everyone and their brother (myself included) preaches about not making resolutions for a long time. “It’s a lifestyle!” Fill in the blank whatever “it” is. Make the last 90 days of the year great! Forget resolutions.

And I agree, wholeheartedly. ....

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