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National Honorees - 2012 - 2018...

 

Hihlheadshot.pngstorically, Minnesotans have been prominent among the USA Triathlon's post-season honorees. In 2015, for instance, eleven of our state's best multisporters earned 12 honors. Granted, that was a special year, owing no doubt to the fact that Duathlon Nationals were staged in St. Paul. USAT leans heavily on it's own championship races, as well as larger events that are sanctioned by the Federation, when determining their "Athlete of the Year" selections. 

We respect their criteria, though it differs from MMH rationale, which favors head-to-head results, and gives full weight to performances in non-sanctiond races. 

Today we are listing Minnesota's honorees during the period between 2012 and 2018, though not before we drop some names of Minnesota athletes that were honored prior to that period: Cathy Yndestad, David Thompson, Brian Bich, Devon Palmer, Tony Schiller, Jan Guenther, Kevin O'Connor...

Noting that Minnesotans were not well-repped in 2017 and 2018, we are optimistic that when the 2019 AOYs are announced, four of our state's athletes will be featured. We contend that that foursome fulfilled USAT's criteria, and we would be shocked if any of them were overlooked. We will feature those athletes in our next post....

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Happy New Year From MTN!

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Treadmill Versus Outdoor Running....

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By Bethany Mavis (triathlete.com)

Think treadmill running is just a climate-controlled version of road running? Wrong. It’s a completely different beast. But treat it right, and it can become your best friend.

Running on the treadmill is not typically an athlete’s first choice—you got into triathlon to enjoy the outdoors, not stare at a wall. But a treadmill is a godsend for keeping your training on track when you’re facing adverse weather conditions or have a limited workout window. Just make sure you don’t expect a treadmill run to be the equivalent of a road run, says Richard Diaz, endurance sports coach and founder of California-based Diaz Human Performance. An important distinction between running inside and outside is that treadmill running is “rate independent—the treadmill is going to do what it’s going to do, and you’re just trying to keep up with it,” he says. “When you’re outside, you’re not going anywhere unless you push or pull yourself through space.” ...

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Merry Christmas from MTN!

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Navigating "Food Indulgence" Season....

 

santascale.pngBy Lauren Mitchell (usatriathlon.org)

The holidays are right around the corner, which means parties are springing up almost every weekend. Thanksgiving – the most notorious holiday for food indulgence – is upon us. It’s hard to navigate the holidays, with hundreds of food decisions every day, and stay on track with our health and training goals. How do we pick food without feeling guilty or “bad about ourselves” when we are wanting a special dish or dessert? 

Rather than engaging in conversation with our friends and family, what we are going to put on our plate becomes the highlight of the meal. Let’s get back to the notion that the holidays are more about spending time with one another rather than the over-indulgence of food. Here are 5 tips to navigate the holidays the right way:


Tip #1: Plan and prepare
Understanding there will always be a special event around the corner will take away the excuse for potential over-indulgence – treating these events as normal occurrences will prevent over-indulging. This takes planning and preparation, and a keen eye on controlling your blood sugar throughout the day for an evening event. Do your best by preparing foods with carbohydrate, protein and fat until the event, and then choose wisely during. Allow yourself to have a “miss” or two. 

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