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"Let Training Be Your Sanctuary"...

 

Thipathetic.pngs blog written by triathlete Rhiannon Berry originated as a post she wrote on the popular Facebook group, Pathetic Triathletes Group, as a response to the ever-difficult and changing COVID-19 pandemic that has altered life as we know it and completely changed the sports landscape.

 

My beloved Pathetics — 

I've seen so many of you lamenting races that have been canceled (understandably so), so many of you losing motivation because the odds of approaching races are so bleak with no concept of where things go from here. Many have struggled with whether it is worth it to train with race schedules at the mercy of the unknown.

In addition to being a proudly Pathetic triathlete, I am a teacher at a large, impoverished district, a daughter with two older parents with pre-existing health concerns, a sister to one sibling who works in a hospital serving heavily populated areas and another sibling whose engineering company has multiple international partners, and a woman with a significantly...

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Female Ultra-Athletes...

 

CHANNELSWIM.pngBy theguardian.com

At the top of a wind-scoured hill outside Edinburgh, Jasmin Paris’s dog, Moss, patiently waits for his owner. He is, I think, wondering what on earth is taking her so long. The answer, I’m afraid, is me....

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Bail-Out For Pro Triathletes...

 

daniela.pngBy Kelly O'Mara (triathlete.com)

And the Collins Cup won't happen in 2020.

With races around the world being canceled and postponed indefinitely (or until the fall), many pro triathletes have found themselves without pay checks for the foreseeable future. To that end, the Pro Triathletes Organization announced yesterday it would pay out $2.5 million in bonuses to the top 100 female and 100 male pros, per the PTO’s world rankings. And it will pay out immediately. ...

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Gaby, Shyanne, Dani, Maggie & Rachel...

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In our last post we discussed the absence of seven prominent male triathletes from the 2019 Minnesota racing scene. Today, we talk about five talented women that did all, or all but one, of their races at out-of-state events. As with the guys, we do not fault them for this. We respect their freedom (or their coach's freedom) of choice. Still, we are huge fans of these athletes and wish there were more oportunities to watch them perform. And as we noted about the men, we miss these athletes because they elevate local events from both a competitive and social standpoint. In other words, they are not only great triathletes, they are totally cool people.

They are:

GABY BUNTEN - In 2019 Gaby raced in six tris, all major events, in other states or countries. We understand this. She is a National Champion (2018) and two-time USAT Athlete of the Year honorable mention, and she seeks out the most competitive races, especially National and World championships. In 2018, three of the nine tris she did were on Minnesota soil.

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Out Of Sight. But Not Out of Mind...

 

201joeshead.png9 was an odd year. Many of Minnesota's most decorated triathletes opted to race exclusively, or almost so, out-of-state, or in two cases, not at all. This was especially true for men, so let's focus on them here.

There were seven guys, only two of which raced on Minnesota soil, albeit only one time each, that we had hoped to watch often in 2019. Six of those men made Team Minnesota in 2018, but only two--Sean Cooley and Jordan Roby--earned spots last year.

Their absence bummed us out. As athletes who set high performance standards, we missed watching them race. Even more perhaps, we simply missed seeing them, talking to them, hanging with them. They are all super-cool guys who elevate the events they do, both competitively and socially.

We respect an athlete's right to create his or her own schedule; i.e. to race wherever they want. However, our state's tri scene has been shrinking for much of the last decade, losing at least 40 races during that stretch, and, in our opinion, ...

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