Jets, Swivel Chairs and "The Garagia Sophia"......


Yesterday we revealed the Christmas gifts we would give to GABY BUNTEN and HANNA GRINAKER, our state's two most successfull female triathletes last year, if we  could afford to do so.

It's the thought that counts, right? (FYI - We wanted to give Gaby a new house and a crock-pot, and Hanna a farm with horses and a monogrammed pair of shoes.)

Here are some more gifts that we won't be giving to various prominent triathletes:

ELAINE NELSON (2018 Team Minnesota) - We adore Elaine and were heartbroken when her garage burned down just before the tri season got underway. Her family lost several vehicles and other valuable stuff. So, we want Elaine to have the fanciest, fire-proofiest garage ever. Coach Kris calls his awesome Man Cavey garage "The Garage-Mahal." We suggest that the Nelson's new garage be even fancier than that, and they should call it the "Garagia Sophia." All the stuff that was lost--cars, bikes, skis, Craftsman Tool kits, lawn mowers, recycling bins, leaf blowers, cases of WD-40 and rolls of duct tape etc.--would be replaced with upgraded versions of those things....

"It's the Thought That Counts, Right?"...


Every year at this time the MTN Guys reveal the Christmas gifts they'd like to give to members of Team Minnesota (and other Minnesota multisporters), but can't because they don't have the means to do so.

Let's start with GABY BUNTEN, the 2017 Minnesota Triathlete of the Year, and runner-up for that honor in 2018. Gaby is getting married in the relatively near future to her long-time stud boyfriend, and totally cool guy, Kris Spoth. This makes us very happy. So, we'd like to give Gaby and Kris a new house. We prefer Craftsman-style architecture, though Mid-Century Modern is cool, too, but better suited for warmer climes. We'll make sure that the home has a huge mud room and a finished basement with high ceilings so as to accommodate their treadmills and bike trainers. The space would also have a big closet to store their foam rollers and those big balls that athletes like to roll around on.

But wait, there's more! ...

Good Stuff About Sleep...


By Dr. Chad Asplund (usatriathlon.org)


Most multisport athletes understand that sleep is important, but in the balance of life, work and training, sleep is often the first thing to go. 

In addition, travel and the timing of competitions can further limit sleep. Unfortunately, many athletes have poor quality sleep or simply do not obtain a sufficient quantity of sleep. 

Why do we need sleep? How is sleep structured? How much sleep is needed? What happens to performance if sleep is sacrificed? How can one improve sleep? These are all questions that will be answered in this article....

Responsible Consuming, Except for Oat Lattes and Costco Toilet Paper...


By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)


I’m still drinking (too many) oat lattes, but you know what? I’ve decided that if good coffee a few days a week makes me happy, then why would I stop? The only difference: I started bringing my reusable mug. That may not change the world on its own, but if we’re all more aware of the collective impact our daily actions have – that can add up to something BIG.

Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying a good cuppa coffee or tea or kombucha and having a lovely fall (or winter because at feels like 0F, it certainly feels like winter in Minneapolis). Here’s what’s been up the past couple months....

Do Your Legs Hurt?


By Mederic Hall, MD (ustriathlon.org)


It started as a mild ache along the inside of your shin after a long run. Now you can barely limp along the pool deck without pain. Or maybe your leg tightens up after 2 miles into your runs. At first the feeling was an annoyance, but now things have progressed to the point that you can barely lift your foot up after 5K.  The pain is so intense you are forced to stop. Your symptoms quickly improve, but on your next run it’s the same thing. You change your shoes, try a yoga class, adjust your bike, but nothing is helping! What should you do next? 

If exercise-related leg pain is interfering with your ability to train and compete, seeking advice from a sports medicine expert is essential. There are multiple causes of leg pain in the athlete including (but not limited to): 

  1. bone stress injury
  2. muscle/tendon strain
  3. chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS)
  4. vascular issues such as popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and external iliac artery endofibrosis (EIAE)
  5. nerve entrapment syndromes. A careful evaluation is required to ensure a quick diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. ...
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