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Open Water Season Started Early...

 

christmasswimmers.jpgBy Beth Nymeyer

Snow was on the ground when they shut down all the pools. Some of us took the week off, ate a few extra donuts.

Then the second week, third week and we all started to get antsy.

Then came the cancelled races: 5k’s, Masters Nationals, and early season triathlons.  What were we going to do?!  Swimmers love the water, the feeling of floating and flying through with each stroke calms us down and allows us to collect our thoughts.

And so, open water season started early, plunging us into lakes- perhaps colder than we would have ventured into a normal summer season. Local triathlete Becky Youngberg and swim coach David Cameron took their love of the water to the edge and even swam during a later season snowfall. More of us took on longer distances as the mercury rose - even a brave soul or 5 swimming sans wetsuit....

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What Foods Will Help You Sleep?

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By Dr. A'nna Sewall (triathlete.com)

Whether it’s trouble falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, or tossing and turning so much that you wake up exhausted, we’ve all struggled to catch some zzzzz. Nutrition and food play a powerful role in helping you sleep and in your sleep quality. Moreover, poor sleep may be an indicator of low levels of certain nutrients. By making a few changes to your diet, you may score some better sleep.

The nutrients in our food are the building blocks used to make neurotransmitters, which are involved in sleep. That’s why certain food can help you sleep and some foods can hinder your sleep. A healthy diet allows your body to absorb these nutrients and provides the brain with the chemical environment it needs to maintain good sleep. If we don’t give our body what it needs to make the natural chemicals that help us sleep, then we wind up with sleep issues. The good news is you can give your body what it needs to sleep...

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Early Goodbyes, Jellybean Addictions & Campaigning...

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“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

By Jenna Horner

Let’s see, where to start. (Yes, that is me in the photo, which appeared on NPR.com on April 1)

The Beginning
March was probably the biggest cluster f*** of my life. One weekend I found livening it up at a college party clueless of what was to come. The next weekend racing my first EDR down in Florida with one of my GW teammates where we first got wind of other schools going online. The next few days I had my last ever in-person classes before classes were canceled for two weeks and I said goodbye to all of my college friends and teammates two months too early. The next weekend I was driving back down to Florida to race again. On hour 7 of the drive that race was canceled. After spending a week of social distancing in Florida it was back to D.C. in hope that we would return to normal classes after the two-week break from in-person classes. That clearly did not happen and now we are here....

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Planking & Coffee on Messenger...

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Hi MTN Guys:

We talked about submitting a little something or you when we were planking last Saturday (4/18).  I put together a little article and am including some pictures.

Covid-19 has forced many of us to be creative in our isolated circumstances.  We have a special group of ladies who congregate and train together most Saturday mornings.  Our regimen consists of running, planks and bonding over coffee afterwards.  When social distancing recommendations began in March, we began to rationalize how continuing our Saturday runs would probably to be okay, but quickly peeled the scales from our eyes and knew the right thing to do would be to discontinue our cherished gatherings....

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