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Minnesota's June Triathletes of the Month!

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Here are MTN's picks for June 2024 ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

 

OVERALL AOMs - PRESTON YOUNGDAHL & ELENA JASPER (photo)

Two-time Minnesota Triathlete of the Year, Preston Youngdahl entered three races--Apple Tri, Trinona Olympic & Lake Minnetonka--thus far in 2024, and won each time. Jasper has also raced three times, winning twice --Lake Minnetonka and Clearwater Olympic--and setting a 70.3 personal best (4:47:40) at Chattanooga 70.3.

JUNIOR OF THE MONTH - NOAH BILLINGS, 18

Minnesota's two-time Junior of the Year is a profific racer. Thus. far this season, he has two overall wins plus two junior wins in races in which he finished 2nd overall....

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Happy 4th of July From MTN!

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Jayne Shares Some Snarky Thoughts...

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ED. The MTN guys have been big fans of Jayne Williams, aka The Slow, Fat Triathlete, for quite a while. We came across this interview with Jayne last week. Check it out.

By Teresa Bergen (OutdoorssWire.com)

It’s been 20 years since the book “Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now” first came out. Author Jayne Williams combined personal stories, practical tips, and hilarious anecdotes to inspire people who had never thought of themselves as athletes to run, swim, and bike. Outdoors Wire caught up with her to get her current insights on running in the body you have. Here’s what she had to say about self-acceptance, health, and finding a balance between a Zen mindset and her snarky side....

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Cool Kid Stuff...

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By Colleen Prudhomme

For most, it was the year of COVID, but for me, 2020 was the beginning of a fabulous, new adventure! I had been thinking of putting together a triathlon program for kids but wasn’t sure how to get things started. In early 2020, I spoke to my master’s swim coach (who also trained me for my first Ironman), Cheryl Zitur, about my idea and learned that she already was one of the coaches for a kids’ tri club in Maple Grove called Forte Tri Club for kids. They were an official USA Triathlon club and were looking for someone to start up a new location. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get something started while learning from the experience of the Forte coaching group. By the first week of summer break, 15 kids had registered for the Rockford, MN location of Forte Tri Club....

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Scott's Quest...

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By Katy Bloomquist Freitag

In 2017, When Scott Freitag was 53 years old, and we were newly married, he got the news that no one ever wants to hear – he had cancer. At that time, he was highly active and had zero symptoms. He was diagnosed with a biopsy after a simple blood test showed he had an extremely high Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).

We were both shocked to learn that Scott had aggressive prostate cancer. Later that year he learned that his cancer was already stage 4 and it had metastasized. He had surgery to remove the prostate and two months of daily radiation, plus hormone deprivation therapy which temporarily stalled the cancer.

Scott has always been an athlete – growing up participating in football, hockey and baseball. He kept active throughout his adult years with running, cycling, hockey and softball.

Because I enjoyed doing triathlons, especially ironman, Scott started doing more biking and running with me. Scott does not like to swim but did complete the Hopkins Royal triathlon as Doobie promised he could stand up during the swim portion of the short distance  if...

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