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Two MMHs For David & Henry...

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DAVID KOPPEL

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ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - A slam-dunk for the men's AOY, David was undefeated in five starts on Minnesota soil. He was our state's second fastest triathlete at Olympic Nationals in Milwaukee, finishing just five seconds behind our state's Rookie of the Year Henry Jessen. Koppel's amateur victory at Heart of the Lakes also received support for Performance of the Year. Once again, he was a close 2nd behind Jessen, whose great effort at Sprint Nationals took the POY.

MOST IMPROVED - As with Rachel Z, David was the clear pic for the #1 ranking on 2021 men's Team MInnesota. Five wins in six starts, plus wide margins of victory vaulted him all the way to the Top Spot on a team he'd never been named to in the past. His peers, however, were not surprised by his emergence...

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Three MMHs For Rachel Z....

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RACHEL ZILINSKAS

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Rachel clearly established herself as our country's premier long distance amateur female triathlete in 2021. She was undefeated in four starts against US competition, winning by ridiculous margins each time. Her only loss, a 2nd-place finish at 70.3 Worlds by 1:13 to decorated German triathlete Danielle Kleiser. Zilinskas richly deserves to be one of the frontrunners for US Athlete of the Year.

FYI - Earlier this month she made her pro debut at Ironman Florida, placing an impressive 8th woman overall in a PR-9:35:04. Proving her pro-readiness, Rachel outraced the fastest amateur womanthere by 33:53.

It needs to be noted that Jenna Horner also received some AOY support, her advocates citing versatility--she excelled in long course, Olympic and sprint races--while Zilinskas concentrated on long distance, and the claim that she raced against deeper fields (Age Group and Collegiate Nationals). In the end, winning and overwhelming margins of victory sealed the deal for Rachel....

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Off-Season Nutrition Adjustments...

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By Alex Larson, MS, RDN, LD

Should you change your diet in the off-season?

During the in-season of training, nutrition needs are high! It’s common for triathletes to take in anywhere from 2,500-3,500+ calories daily and will have higher protein needs to support muscle recovery. And when transitioning to a less active off-season, it’s important to evaluate your needs to dial nutrition back for this period of the year. 

The off-season is important to give yourself a mental and physical break. However, it’s not always easy to shift back to eating like a normal person who doesn’t train hours and hours each week. 

Here are three tips to adjusting your nutrition in the off-season:

1) Keep the high-quality foods, but cut back on the portion sizes. ...

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Ironman Florida - Stacked Fields, Golf Ball Blisters & Chased Dreams...

 

FLrachel.pngED. Rachel, Katie and Ted reflect on their Ironman Florida experiences:

 

RACHEL ZILINSKAS - 8th place - 9:35:04 - PR

"First pro race in the books at Ironman Florida! It was a great experience lining up with such a stacked field. There was a lot I executed well but even more that I learned. I’m so excited and motivated to go on from here.
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"Thank you to everyone who cheered me on and supported me this past weekend. I really felt all the love and that’s what makes this community so special. Special shoutout to my sister for crushing her first experience as my race support, to my fellow @yoderperformance teammates on course for the encouragement and inspiration, and to Andrew and @pennltz for driving the whole way from PA to support us!" ...

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Complete List of MMH Nominees....

 

2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Here is a complete listing of MMH nominnes. Leading the way with four nominations apiece are a phenomenal 19-year-old who has truly paid his athletic dues in  the years leading up to this season, and UM grad student whose rise has been meteoric. We're talking about KYLE SWENSON and RACHEL ZILINSKAS. Others receiving multple nominations are DAVID KOPPEL (3), JENNA HORNER (3), KORTNEY HAAG (2), TIM BONTRAGER (2) and tri-rookie HENRY JESSEN (2). What this tells us is that despite the pandemic's negative affect on our racing scene--loss of both races and athletes, many of whom are/were extremely decorated-- new names will emerge to perpetuate the high performance standards that our state is well known for.

Who will be the recipients of this year's MMHs? You'll know very soon.

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ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kortney Haag (photo)   Timoth Bontrager

Jenna Horner           David Koppel

Rachel Zilinskas       Kyle Swenson ...

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