Look Back Before You Look Forward...


By Steven Moody (triathlete.com)


You have to look back before you look forward if you want to be a better triathlete in 2019.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Your triathlon season is over. The evenings are getting darker and as we move into the holiday season, thoughts turn to new goals and plans for next year. Before you get on to the fun of goal setting, it is worth taking some time to reflect on the past race season to see what it can tell you about how to improve next season. This is something a lot of athletes neglect and, as a result, end up repeating the same mistakes or not pushing onto the next level....

"Forget Resolutions"....



By Meredith Atwood (triathlete.com)


We tend to over-complicate New Year's resolutions and instead need to "show up, open up, and see what happens from there."

What is it about resolutions that makes me feel like I messed up my entire prior year—and perhaps my entire life?

Everyone and their brother (myself included) preaches about not making resolutions for a long time. “It’s a lifestyle!” Fill in the blank whatever “it” is. Make the last 90 days of the year great! Forget resolutions.

And I agree, wholeheartedly. ....


                 Here's some cool tri-related New Year's art we found on Cheryl Zitur's Facebook page:


Perfect Post-Workout Treat: Protein + Cookie...


By Bethany Mavis (tiathlete.com)


Give yourself a protein boost by trying any of these protein cookies—each of which are editor tested (you’re welcome).

A post-workout cookie isn’t a bad nutritional choice, as long as it’s packed with protein (like these baked treats) and carbs. We find cookies preferable to choking down a dense protein bar, and they win convenience points over blending up a protein smoothie. Check out how these nutrient-dense cookies crumbled.

Munk Pack Protein Cookie
$13 for a 4 pack, Amazon.com

These plant-based cookies, which have a clean ingredient list that includes peanut butter and gluten-free oats, contain 18 grams of protein from peas and brown rice plus 6 grams of fiber, making them a very satisfying treat. The texture ...

Dear Me...


ED. Kristina Swenson is a remarkable young woman. She's smart, caring and a terrific athlete (former Minnesota Junior of te Year, Most Improved nominee etc.)

She's also a talented writer. On Facebook, she prefaced the blog post--a letter to her 2018 self--you are about to read with these words: I haven't written for a very long while, but I finally felt it was time. 2018 was a big year for me. There were a lot of really tough times and a lot of really good times. Heading into 2019, I'm stronger, I'm healthier, and I'm happier. Thank you to everyone who has been part of my 2018...


Dear 2018 Me,
If in 2017 you could have seen who you would become in 2018, you wouldn't believe it. This year was really hard for you in so many ways. There were a lot of tears. There were bad races. There were tough decisions. But it was also SO SO good. There were great memories. There were smart choices. There was a lot of wisdom gained. I am so proud of the woman you've become. You're stronger. You're healthier. You're happier. And you have a whole lot more love to give. So looking back, what do I want you to remember about this year? ....

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