Restorative Stuff...


By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)


A big focus of my marathon training has been recovery. It obviously should always be a significant part of any training plan, but I’ve made extra time for this build because of my hamstring injury (now I just need to add more strength training into my schedule!). Here’s a look at my favorite ways to recover.

It’s such a chore to get to the pool, right?! A 3,000-yard session is easily a two-hour production when you combine drive time, showering, and maybe a little apres swim in the sauna. But gosh, there’s something about being the water – especially the sunshiny outdoor 50m pool – that’s fantastic for recovery. (I swear I heard on a podcast once that the water pressure per square inch on your body is like wearing compression boots?! But I’m probably making that up! Regardless, swimming is excellent recovery.) ...

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Mike's Season...


ED. The MTN Guys encourage athletes to send us stories and comments about their 2019 tri / du training and racing seasons. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


By Mike Buenting (mikebuenting.wordpress.com)


My 2019 race season is over, well maybe some late fall half marathon will appear? But my multi-sport season looks to be finished for 2019 and I have been enjoying what I call the “off-season” which I’m not sure how much of an “off” season it is considering I can’t recall my last rest day. But the focus of the off season is to stay fit, and to take each day as it comes with no rigid plan just what feels good.

Now back to my 2019 season reflection, this is something that happens on my morning runs, reflection, and looks into the future.

2019 kicked off for me with a “A” race one I wanted to be ready for, but with the harsh Minnesota winter I’m not sure I was really in peak shape.
Race #1 was USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships in lovely Greenville, SC

Race morning was anything but nice, we had rain, we had storms, we had wet roads, we had humidity, and we had heat. For my first outdoor bike ride of the season this was not ideal but such is life. The race started with a 10k and it was a brutal fast pace as the field was loaded with the fastest dudes around...

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2019 Grand Masters Stars...


2019 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS – Discussions have begun to determine this year's MMH nominees. Only two of the categories—Rookie of the Year and Junior of the Year—are, as they say, have slam dunk candidates.

But before we reveal the ROY and JOY selections, we want to acquaint you with other categories.

We love to name-drop, so here, in alpha order, are the names of eight athletes that are being considered for nominations in the coed Grand Master of the Year (55+ women, 60+ men) category, along with their 2019 highlights:


HELEN GUNTHER  62  EXCELSIOR (photo below)

- 1st AG @ Lake Minnetonka – AGR
- 7th overall – 1st AG @ Gear West Duathlon
- 1st AG @ Timberman Olympic – AGR
- 1st AG @ Heart of the Lakes...

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Conspicuous Absentees...


Photo - Ted Treise hugging his fiance Dani Vsetecka after her heartbreaking illness-necessitated DNF at Augusta 70.3.

The Minnesota Multisport Honors Committee is currently evaluating potential nominees in twelve categories, as well as determining which twenty athletes--10 men, 10 women--will comprise this year's “Team Minnesota.”

It safe to say that this year's list will look different than prior rosters. This is because many of the “usual suspects” may not be eligible for consideration, that is, if the Committee decides to adhere to its rule that athletes must have turned in AT LEAST THREE outstanding performances during the season. (By “outstanding” we mean that performances have to match, exceed, or at least approach, the historically best efforts set on the courses in question.) This is because many of our state's premier multisport athletes, men and women who are perennial MMH nominees, have either taken the year off, or do not have more than two outstanding performances on their 2019 resumes.

Here are some of the top athletes than may not be eligible for MMH consideration....

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Masters Women Rule! ...


2019 was the "Year of the Masters Women."

Several of our state's most accomplished female multisport athletes "aged-up" in 2019, most notably CATHY YNDESTAD, KORTNEY HAAG and ELAINE NELSON. And several other 40-plussers had stellar seasons, as well. Between them, 12 Minnesota female Masters had amassed 25 wins in 2019.

And there are others, like ANDREA MYERS, 42, JULIA WESIBECKER, 52, CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 53, and AMY WOOLSEY, 53, who didn't post outright wins, but performed brilliantly in 2019 nonetheless.

Put into perspective, no more than two Minnesota Masters women had ever earned berths on Team Minnesota in any given year. This year, however, it is reasonable to assume that 4-6 over-age-40 women will make the team.

Cool, huh!

Here are the Minnesota Masters women who won races this year:

JACQUELYN BACIGALUPI, 42, Baxter - 1st @ Lakes Country

SARA CARLSON, 41, Brainerd - 1st @ Young Life Olympic

JENNIFER FITZHARRIS-FUNK, 44, Minneapolis (photo L) - 1st @ YWCA Women's Triathlon, plus 4 other podium finishes....

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