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Making Off-Season Strength Training Fun...

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By Kate Ligler (triathlete.com)

Every Sunday afternoon I sit down in my home office prepping for next week’s clients directly in front of one of my favorite quotes:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

While George Bernard Shaw has many famous expressions, the words “grow old” in this particular quote could be replaced by any number of phrases directly relevant to a triathlete.

We lose motivation when sessions get long or boring. We aggravate old niggles when our training is out of balance. We plateau with lack of variability. I have found few in this sport who aren’t striving to remain youthful, vibrant, and competitive as they age. So if you’re one of these athletes, now’s your time...

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David, Spencer, Jason & Sara....

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Masaranewbri.pngny of our region's most successful multisport athletes are truly looking forward to the 2021 racing season. Here are some comments:

 

Winner of the 2020 season ending Fall Classic Duathlon, DAVID KOPPEL (photo L).

"Really looking forward to local racing as much as possible after my third kid arrives in mid-May!"  ...

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Dani & Brian....

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MTN recently reached out to approximately 50 of our state's most successful triathletes to see if they are as anxious as we are to get back to a normal racing season in 2021. Almost all of them responded immediately. And almost all of them are not only anxious to race again, but hope they can encourage others to get fired up for next season. Here's a few of their comments: ..

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Fueled Hunger...

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Last Monday we reached out to about fifty of our state's most accomplished triathletes. We asked them to offer some post-pandemic motivational words for Minnesota's multisport community. The goal is to get folks fired up for the 2021 season.

We immediately heard from several athletes, and chose to kick off these posts with the wise and inspiring comments of long-course stud DAN ARLANDSON, the only Minnesotan to win two Iron-distance races (Vineman and Great Floridian) in the same season.

Hi MTN, happy to share my thoughts: 

I am a fan of “Once a Runner” although the message of that book can be applied to triathlon, as well. This is one of my favorite quotes.
“You don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many day, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years.”
― John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner

The “ferocity of my ambition” has been fueled by a lost season from the following realizations:
1)      We are lucky to be able to race and train for this silly sport. Super duper lucky.
2)      This silly sport is anything but silly....

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A "Participation Boom" in 2021?

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By Barry Siff (triathlete .com)

 

Iggy Pop, an icon of 70s rock, said in Rolling Stone Magazine recently: “I know when I do come back onstage, it’s going to feel great. Imagine what kind of party we’re going to have.” The same can be said of endurance events. When we get to come back to races, it’s going to be a party!

Essentially shut down now for nine months now, mass participation events like triathlons, running, and cycling races have been postponed, canceled, or held virtually. The question is what is going to happen when they finally get to come back?—when the new normal sets in, when the vaccine takes hold, and when mass participation events get the green light again...

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