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Food & Mood...

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By Anna Sewall (triathlete.com)

By helping us with everything from pushing watts to celebrating a birthday, food plays an important role in how we experience daily life—it even affects our mood. If you’re looking for a happier outlook, understanding the link between mood and food can help.

Mood and Food: The Relationship
1. It Improves Brain Health and Function
Certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium, and other nutritional gems found in produce have been found to promote expression of a protein in the brain called Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF allows your brain to form new connections and pathways. A healthy brain can make new connections easily. Eating foods rich in the above nutrients increase BDNF and you get better brain function. What you eat can literally help rewire your brain and grow new neurons.

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Neil and Christel....

It's safe to say that within the talented group of athletes that comprise the Headwaters Tri Club, that Neil King and Christel Kippenhan are the most decorated. Neil is a former Minnesota Grand Master of the Year, an award he is nominated for on almost an annual basis. He has also medaled at Nationals and Worlds.

Christel is a three-time Minnesota Master of the Year nominee who has just aged-up to Grand Master status, and is expected to garner future GMOY nominations. Her resume features double-digit overal women's victories.

Here's some great art and information on these two fine triathletes:

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I Was Hooked!

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By Christel Kippenhan (seecktri.wordpress.com)

Without any triathlon race reports for this year, I thought I write about some other triathlon related stuff, sort of.

It’s Wednesday afternoon, time for my regular 3000 yds swim workout along the shoreline of Lake Movil Bay. I was on the third repetition of my 5 x 200 yd set (~ 2300 yds into my workout, and about 1/4 mile from my place) when I got a bit too close to a patch of reeds.  I brushed with...  

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Katy, Brian & Jessie...

Here's some more National Triathlon Week stuff, starting with Katy's most memorable triathlon moment:

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Staying Motivated During the Pandemic...

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By Marty Gaal (usatriathlon.org)

No one likes the situation we're in, but we're here and we need to make the best of it. A number of events have been and will be rescheduled in such a way that they might as well be a different event. It is very likely that large events through May or June will not be held, and potentially the entire summer season.

I would not want to take a shot at predicting any further, but it will all depend on if we as a world are able to contain, cure, vaccinate, and eradicate, and what the timetable for all that is.  Suffice it to say, the spring and summer seasons appears glum with regards to large scale athletic events. I am hopeful that things are under control for later summer and fall events.

What does that mean for you?  While it will be personally disappointing to have to miss your planned events, it behooves you to maintain your healthy life and exercise routines....

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