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Minnesota's 2020 Tri Season! It's Really Happening!

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The 2020 Minnesota Multisport season is going to happen, and SOON, and we hope you are as stoked as we are. Starting with GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE Sprint Triathlon on the first, five of our state's annual races, not counting a few pop-ups, i.e. cool unofficial events put together by groups of friends, and a Virtual or two, are scheduled for the month of August.

They are:

- Saturday, August 1 - BIG LAKE SPRINT TRIATHLON - Info & Registration

- Sunday, August 9 - GREEN LAKE TRIATHLON - Info & Registration

- Saturday, August 15 - YOUNG LIFE SPRINT TRIATHLON - Info & Registration...

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Birthday Party Triathlon...

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By Cindy Bradehoft

Turning 40 is pretty epic, so your birthday party should be epic as well. Thankfully 40 is no longer considered Over the Hill, so why not do an Olympic distance triathlon with your friends and family? Even though you’ve never completed one? Great idea until the Life Time Tri Minneapolis on said birthday is cancelled along with every other race for 2020.

But that doesn’t stop Tom Ahles, who enlists his friend Dr. Francisco Mesa, everyone’s favorite dentist, to coordinate a Triathlon around his neighborhood in Chanhassen. To be clear this isn’t a race, it is just for fun. Said none of us ever. Minneapolis was just named the 3rd fittest state in the nation by the American College of Sports Medicine and it is our health and love of sports and competition that got us here....

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Food & Mood...

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By Anna Sewall (triathlete.com)

By helping us with everything from pushing watts to celebrating a birthday, food plays an important role in how we experience daily life—it even affects our mood. If you’re looking for a happier outlook, understanding the link between mood and food can help.

Mood and Food: The Relationship
1. It Improves Brain Health and Function
Certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium, and other nutritional gems found in produce have been found to promote expression of a protein in the brain called Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF allows your brain to form new connections and pathways. A healthy brain can make new connections easily. Eating foods rich in the above nutrients increase BDNF and you get better brain function. What you eat can literally help rewire your brain and grow new neurons.

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Neil and Christel....

It's safe to say that within the talented group of athletes that comprise the Headwaters Tri Club, that Neil King and Christel Kippenhan are the most decorated. Neil is a former Minnesota Grand Master of the Year, an award he is nominated for on almost an annual basis. He has also medaled at Nationals and Worlds.

Christel is a three-time Minnesota Master of the Year nominee who has just aged-up to Grand Master status, and is expected to garner future GMOY nominations. Her resume features double-digit overal women's victories.

Here's some great art and information on these two fine triathletes:

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"It Felt Just Like a Race"...

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By Jason Larson

What we did was organize a small training triathlon since all of the races through the end of July are canceled. It is understandable why they had to cancel, nevertheless many of us are bummed we cannot do some of the races we love so much. we arranged a small Sprint triathlon at square lake Park in Stillwater. It is very similar to the square lake Sprint triathlon, and in fact used the same bike course....

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