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WINTER TRI CLINIC!

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We are entering the traditional off-season for triathletes. If you are new to the sport, or could use a few refreshers, now is the perfect time to learn! Come learn with experienced coaches, whether you have a race planned or not, this is a no-pressure, come-as-you-are environment for you to learn all you need to get started in the sport of triathlon. You will even get to practice all that you learned on the final day with a mini indoor triathlon experience!

Weekly topics range from triathlon basics to planning and gear to transitions, ending with a day of Indoor Tri prep and a Mini Tri activity day on December 16. All staff and participants are required to wear masks....

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Frozen Fingers, Possums & Coke Zero...

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By Darin Westphal

Tour to Duluth

With my daughter now a freshman at University Minnesota-Duluth, I thought this fall would be the perfect time to ride from Plymouth to UMD to meet her for lunch.  I’ve never worried much about excuses for making long rides, but this seemed like the perfect reason!  Plans were that I’d start riding early in the AM and my wife would start driving up at mid morning and we’d all meet for lunch mid afternoon.

Knowing that I’d be solo for the entire ride plus doing some night time riding, I stopped into Gear West to make sure the bike was ready to roll and I had everything I needed to make the trip up with as little interruptions as possible.  Lights, spare tubes, new arm warmers...now I don't have any excuses to not complete the ride!

4am Saturday I was wheels down and headed north.  My phone said it was 43 degrees so I was dressed in between that “I’m going to be warm when the sun comes up and holy crap it’s going to be cold until then”.  For the first 3:45 minutes of the ride the temp hovered in the mid/upper 30's which was cold.  Couldn't feel my fingers until about 10am.   I'm quite a sight as I'm standing at a gas station trying to text...

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"It's Shameful"....

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Defending a Legacy

By Michael Weissenborn

“Mikey... you look like a bum.”

I wasn't even mad. He was right. He was always right. I'd strolled in to his office with a scraggly neckbeard, hair long enough to chew on, and a two-size too-large leather jacket. “Bum” was being kind.

I had just switched majors again, this time during my fourth year. I had no clue what I was doing, no idea where I was headed. My life now mirrored my appearance – directionless.

The words above were uttered to me by Roy Griak. The man was a living legend. He served in the South Pacific theater during WWII. He made it home, became a teacher, and dedicated the rest of his life to supporting kids. He coached of the University of Minnesota men's track and cross-country teams for 33 years....

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"OK! Let's Do It!" ...

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By Shyanne McGregor (shyzamironwoman.com)

“You should really have a camp in Duluth.” Said one of my athletes. 
“OK! Let’s do it!”  My camp experiences have always left me with a ton more confidence and knowledge and I wanted to give that experience to my local athletes. Also, we have a ton of fun so I am always up for a weekend  devoted to training.

Last weekend, August 21-23, my coach and I hosted the inaugural rbCampDuluth!  ...

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Exercise Can Worsen COVID-19....

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By Selene Yaeger (runnersworld.com)

Whenever Cate O’Shea Rivera feels a cold coming on, she typically goes for a run.

The activity, she says, seems to clear the sickness from her system. “I’ll come back, I’ll take a nice warm shower, and I’ll be breathing through my nose better,” says the 43-year-old Chicago resident....

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