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Looking Forward...

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By Frew Frakes

Gear West received our copies of the 2020 Multisport Calendar from the printer just as concerns about the Coronavirus closed restaurants and more throughout the state. The calendar has been a project I’ve had the pleasure assembling since 2004. With the generosity of local photographers - Paul Phillips, Kerry Yndestad and Nick Morales – I’ve tried to illustrate the determination and perseverance of home town athletic talent and the spirit and camaraderie found within our local triathlon community.

This year’s calendar included a photograph I shot last year at the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon. That June morning began with optimism. As the sun rose above Excelsior Bay, I captured the first athlete finding her spot in transition. Soon however, the skies turned ominous and a steady rain began to fall. By the race’s conclusion, everyone was cold and wet from a typical spring thunderstorm. I look now at that calendar picture with slight foreboding given our current situation.

This winter began to recede early and the promise of spring was on the horizon. Then the forecast of a global pandemic stormed into reality. Now our multisport season’s future is murky at best . Early races are in jeopardy or already canceled and we are left to contemplate our priorities while figuring out how to navigate what comes next....

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Cherry Garcia & Carol Baskin Killed Her Husband...

 

EDmitchvessa.png. Another instalment of "Minnesota Triathletes Coping With Quarantine."

By Mitchell Clayton

Wow, how life has changed. Not just for me, and not just over the past month, but for everyone, and for the foreseeable future. Staying sane while being cooped up is the new challenge, and creative solutions are needed…

Snacks: Ben & Jerry’s has a new #1 customer, but I should probably keep his name a secret… Word on the street is he lives in Rochester, MN and devours Cherry Garcia but will settle for Gimme S’more. Also, a cheap substitute for the healthier days is 3-ingredient cookies. 2 bananas, 1.5 cups of oats, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, mix and mush it all up, bake for 12-15 min at 350.

Entertainment: Carole Baskin killed her husband and fed him to the Tigers. If you aren’t getting the reference, drop what you’re doing and start streaming “Tiger King” on Netflix. YouTube has also been a savior. Vessa, my girlfriend and roommate and aspiring triathlete that I’m coaching, and I have been OBSESSED with Eric Lagerstom and Paula Findlay’s channel. They showcase their life as professional triathletes, put out high quality videos, and have fun doing it. Also on the topic of YouTube, anyone else think Lionel Sanders needs to focus on swimming a bit more than the insane bike workouts and races he posts about??...

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Ping Pong and "Survivor" Picnics...

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ED. How is Kortney Haag and her family handling  "Life in the Pandemic Lane?"

We are doing good here as well just taking it day by day.  

So with 2 boys I am just trying to make life for them as normal as possible.  I was supposed to do the Boston Marathon but now it is pushed to September...hopefully.  I am planning on racing it but there is a chance that it may not happen.  As it is up in the air about most races I decided just to not worry too much about the training right now and go back to mostly base training. 

One thing is that I have been making the boys do some running as well as I think it is good for them to get out of the house - Owen is 13 and Keaton is almost 10.  Owen likes to run on his own (mostly because then I don't tell him to work harder :)....Keaton does about 2 miles with me and he holds a decent pace....I am trying to teach them both just to be healthy and enjoy what running and other sports bring to their life. ...

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Exercise May Protect Against Deadly COVID-19 Complication...

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Regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus, a top exercise researcher reports. He is urging people to exercise based on his findings, which also suggest a potential treatment approach.

From Neurosciencenews.com

A review by Zhen Yan, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, showed that medical research findings “strongly support” the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the severity of ARDS, which affects between 3% and 17% of all patients with COVID-19. Based on available information, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 20% to 42% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 will develop ARDS. The range for patients admitted to intensive care is estimated at 67% to 85%.

Research conducted prior to the pandemic suggested that approximately 45 percent of patients who develop severe ARDS will die.

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$150 Worth of Trail Mix & a Giant Thing of Shampoo...

 

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What have we been up to, how we're dealing with COVID, and other stuff... An update from Dani and Ted
 
On Monday, March 16th, we got up at our usual time, 5:30 am, and went to Lifetime Southdale, and swam an old Masters wko from Training Peaks since Hopkins Masters closed down our usual pool the day before. The mentality was that of an oncoming blizzard or nor’easter for those on the East coast. Something that will come and pass in the coming days. Maybe everyone is a bit on edge right now, but it will be over shortly.

Within the next 24 hours, Dani and I left work to start working from home, I stopped at Target and bought $150 worth of trail mix, PB&J, noodles, various disposable disposable paper products, and a giant thing of shampoo.  Gyms closed, and later that week, the first race of the year, Texas 70.3 Galveston, cancelled too. This was the start of.. ah, how about .. THE COVID WINTER (?)....

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