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A Love Letter to My Dumb Bike Trainer...

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By Erin Weiler (sweetsweatlife.com)

We’re snow deep in winter right now, which means one thing: lots of time on the bike trainer. Teammates and friends are posting Zwift workouts, and I recently finished a 28-day bike block (my third go-round of it), which got me thinking: what is it about the trainer – specifically my “dumb” lime green Kurt Kinetic road machine trainer – that I love so much? Let’s have a look…

We’ve been together since 2013 and have seen a lot of miles – from easy 80w recovery rides to hard 5-hour interval rides. Most of those have been happy miles, but others have been tear-filled and soul-crushing (I’m looking at you, 2017 IM Canada training). But you know what? Even the crappy ones made me appreciate what my body, legs, and mind are capable of.

I love that you’ve taught me the power of focus. There’s nothing like staring at 3sec and lap power fields on my Garmin – Girl Talk blaring in my headphones – trying to maintain and hit target watts during a mind-numbing 45-minute interval x3. Or...

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Rookies of the Year. Where Are They Now...Part II...

 

morganl.pngContinued from the previous post:

2009 – Suzie Finger - Suzie had a decade-long career that was upended by a serious bike accident. She claims to be retired, but we hope she changes her mind. She was named Female Triathlete of the Year in 2015, and was twice named Minnesota Duathlete of the Year (2011, 2013). 

2008 - Kortney Haag - Kort is still an active and very successful triathlete. She has won more half IM races (9!) than any other Minnesota woman.
2007 - Jeanne Fleck - A back injury derailed Jeanne tri / du career after just a couple of years, a period during which she was named Rookie of the Year (2007), Most Improved (2008) and Master of the Year (2008). She is still an avid cyclist and nordic skier. 

2006 - Marta Lewinski - Health issues cut Marta's tri career short.
2005 - Jeremy Sartain & Sarah Kolpin - Jeremy's tri career was curtailed by a nearly catastrophic motorcycle accident. Sarah moved to Pittsburgh, became a doctor and is now totally into fishing....

 

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Rookies of the Year. Where Are They Now?

 

jennycroc.pngOur next two posts are about the 28 athletes who have earned the title, "Minnesota Rookie of the Year."

Where are they now? And are they still racing? Interestingly, less than half of the ROYs are still tr-ing and/or du-ing.

Here's what we know:  ...

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Swimming May Slow Down Aging By Decades...

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By Diane Sewell (everythingzoomer.com - Great photo by Todd Quackenbush)

From cradle to grave, swimming might just be the best exercise ever. Here, eight health benefits of taking a lap or two. 

Swimming is good for just about everyone. It accommodates all ages, stages, abilities and disabilities.
There’s also evidence it can slow down the aging process....

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Rookie Performance of the Year....

 

paigetriangle.pngFew would disagree that Paige Schulz's 10:09:12 third-place finish at Ironman Mont-Tremblant was the 2019 Performance of the Year by a Minnesota rookie. Schulz's 3rd at Chisago in 4:42:17 was a terrific effort, too, as was Caryn Herrick's victory at Hopkins Royal, but Paige's IM performance is at or near near the top of the all-time list of best first-year female multisport performances.

We'll let you be the judge of where it ranks. Eight of the last ten Rookies of the Year have been women, and here are what we consider to be their premier freshman efforts:

2018 – Heather Taylor's rookie POY was her victory at CyMan Triathlon in Bondurant, Iowa. 

2016 – Hanna Grinaker's jaw-dropping 1:30:00 at Lake Waconia, lowering Susie Fox's 2015 CR by 3:05.

2015 – Dani Vsetecka's amateur win at Pigman Half IM (4:41:34).

(In 2014 Nick Nygaard edged Kelly Trom in the polling for ROY.)...

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