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Don't Plop After a Hard Workout!

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By Kevin Purvis (triathlete.com)

You just finished crushing a workout and your first instinct is to eat and plop down on the couch. I cannot say I have never engaged in that process myself. While there is nothing inherently wrong with it, you may not feel as fresh for your next session. While actual recovery—the repair of tissues and systems—is at a fixed rate, there are things we can do post-workout (like the post-workout mobility exercises below) to mitigate soreness and improve overall tissue health.

There are a variety of products and protocols claiming to speed up the recovery process, but the only tried-and-true actions you can take to aid in recovery are proper nutrition, hydration, and quality sleep. That being said, if your body feels better, your next training session will most likely be better.

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Dealing With Our New Reality...

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By Kristin Goett (triathlete.com)

A mental performance consultant shares cues that will help athletes stay focused and calm through these uncertain times.

No matter where in the world you’re reading this, it’s likely your training schedule, social interactions, and daily life have changed drastically thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. From pools closing to races being canceled, everyone is facing uncertainty and anxiety as it relates to training and racing. While making physical changes to training is a great place to start, it’s important not to neglect the mental toll this situation is taking. Dr. Jamie Shapiro, CMPC, of Sport & Performance Excellence Consultants in Denver, Colorado, offers up some mental skills for triathletes. Practice these during this dynamic time to maintain a sense of focus, calm, and connectedness....

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Academic All-State. 12 Varsity Letters...

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(Photo by Rachel Nadeau)

By Ava Diaz (lakeminnetonkamag.com)

Minnetonka High School senior—and NCAA Division II triathlete recruit for New York's Daemen College—Bella Buenting has devoted most of her life to her passion.

As the 2019 Minnesota Multisport Junior Athlete of the Year, an Academic All-State honoree and a recipient of 12 varsity letters between swimming, cross country and track and field, Bella is nothing short of a remarkable student-athlete....

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We "Goof Around a Lot"....

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By Diane Hankee

Mike and I had two March races planned that were canceled. The Superseal, Olympic distance put on by IM in Coronado CA, and a Spartan race in Vegas. Last time I swam was in the ocean at Clearwater Beach FL on March 18.

Have been running biking running, track workouts with my kids...repeat and repeat. Appreciate the stress relief running provides. The mornings are so beautiful. My son is a senior and he has an Army ROTC scholarship. He has to run the 2 mile. So him and I have a big race coming up. I am so sad for him losing his senior year and graduation. I am so proud of him.

Concerned about our economy, the impacts on businesses and lost jobs. My husband Mike and I are fortunate to have essential jobs. The uncertainty of it all still keeps us up some nights. Looking forward to transitioning out of it and some warmer weather....

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Open Water Season Started Early...

 

christmasswimmers.jpgBy Beth Nymeyer

Snow was on the ground when they shut down all the pools. Some of us took the week off, ate a few extra donuts.

Then the second week, third week and we all started to get antsy.

Then came the cancelled races: 5k’s, Masters Nationals, and early season triathlons.  What were we going to do?!  Swimmers love the water, the feeling of floating and flying through with each stroke calms us down and allows us to collect our thoughts.

And so, open water season started early, plunging us into lakes- perhaps colder than we would have ventured into a normal summer season. Local triathlete Becky Youngberg and swim coach David Cameron took their love of the water to the edge and even swam during a later season snowfall. More of us took on longer distances as the mercury rose - even a brave soul or 5 swimming sans wetsuit....

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