We are stoked to report that Jenn S. won the overall amateur
title at the USAT Duathlon National Championships this past weekend.
Not only did Jenn win, she was a great example of the Dig It
way, kicking butt and smiling along the way. Congrats to Jenn!
At Dig It Triathlon and Mulitsport, we coach athletes with goals
and events of all sorts. Fall is a great chance for those who bike race
to get muddy and have fun with cyclocross. Dig It's crossers are off and
riding/running to great success. Dan's been throwing down in Maryland
taking his first two races with strong wins and an upgrade to Cat 2 in
the next few races.
Above Dan on the podium sporting some great socks, hint, they
say Dig It on them:) Matthew's jumped up a few racing categories and is
holding his own amongst some strong athletes. Fall is a great time to
have fun on two wheels, and the Dig It crew is off to a great start this
While cyclocross is fun for some athletes, the off season is
upon many others. For all, Coach Jason shares thoughts on what makes a
good off season.
It has been a great multisport season for us here at Dig It Triathlon
and Multisport. Coach Jason summing up a great 2013 as the racing slows
down this fall.
What in the multisport world could outshine USAT Nationals? Not
much but Duathlon Worlds gave it a go. Dig It athletes were there to excel
Above the transition area at USAT nationals in Wisconsin. That's
one deep race, all those bikes to be powered by the best triathletes
in the US.
Marcus and Travis rocked it and Marcus culminated a great season
with a great 3rd place in his AG.
Jenn was awesome at duathlon worlds with a great 5th place in
her AG that would have been a medal in all other of the women's AGs. We'd
be speechless if it wasn't for getting to know these great athletes and
their amazing work along the way to these great results.
While we've let too much time pass since our last update, the
great news for Dig It athletes continues to roll along. With great placings
at triathlons across Minnesota and the nation, this racing season is a
testament to dedication from athlete and coach bringing great results.
With a prior year podium, Marcus got to race Heart of the Lakes
Tri with numero uno. He ended a great race as the top amateur and 2nd
overall doing the number and everone else proud. Watch out nationals,
here comes Marcus among others.
What set this past weekend apart from those in preceeding weeks?
Well there were 3 days of racing opportunities, otherwise, it's been the
same story across 2013. Races took place and Dig It athletes met and exceeded
their goals. At the Apple Duathlon, Dig It athletes all earned their sought
after worlds qualifications. Matthew rocked the Memorial Day Omnium.
First weekend in June will be great as tri season really gets
going in MN and Coach Jason heads to Colorado for a coaching clinic.
The Dig It Tri gang has been throwing down great performances
across the US this spring and having some fun in the process.
From Dan rocking some great bike races in Maryland, earning an
upgrade in the process, to Matthew in MN who's placing great in his debut
road racing season as well.
The Boston Marathon tragedy was awful and the great marathons
of Dig It's athletes really are a minor part of the day. We continue to
try to help as we can those affected.
In MN, the racing has been cold and gross across the board. That
hasn't meant anything less than great performances from Dig It athletes
with mutliple placings at the Oakdale Duathlon and Marcus winning his
first triathlon of the year.
Below is a pic of Jenn as she went for one of her 3 duathlon
wins for far in 2013. 3 races, 3 wins...
The weather in MN finally got to be decent enough for the Dig
It Tri bike skills clinic. It was a gusty afternoon but we had some fun
and raised the bike driving skills of everyone there. Coach Jason below
circling the cones in demonstration mode.
Coach Jason has been a fan of endurance sports for decades. He
writes on the issue of doping in cycling and endurance sports here.
Dig It's Rob got his multisport racing season underway with a
great performance at the Mustange Duathlon in Florida today, winning his
AG and taking 4th overall.
Spring is not in the air in Minnesota quite yet but the Dig It
athletes are doing great and setting up a strong 2013 season.
We were stoked to hear this week that Dig It Tri athlete Marcus
S. is going to represent Minnesota at the Best of the US race in June.
Pitting 3 men and 3 women from each state in an elite throwdown,
Best of the US is going to be a great race this year. Way to go Marcus!
We at Dig It Triathlon are pleased to partner with Marcus Stromberg,
a Dig It athlete, to create an online swim training group. Marcus is one
of the best age group swimmers in MN multisport and together we've created
a great way for you to have fun in the water and get faster too. More
info on the program can be found at Marcus' website, www.marcusstromberg.com
Dig It's Coach Jason and athletes were in action at the USA Cycling
2013 Cyclocross National Championships. Jason below with his post race
You can read Jason's report on USA Cycling's 2013 Cyclocross
National Championships below.
Super stoked to congratulate Marcus on his great 2012 season.
Not only did he rock it throughout the year, he earned a win at the Minnesota
Multisport Awards in the most improved elite athlete category. While Marcus
did the hard work, we at Dig It would like to take a little credit:)
Above Marcus' award and listing on the 2012 Team Minnesota card.
Here's to a great 2013.
Multisport season is winding down for many athletes. Dig It Tri
athletes are still doing fun stuff and throwing down great performances.
Above Coach Jason at the Baker Orchards Cross race sporting the
new kit and having fun. Coach Jason has helped two dedicated multisporters
try out cross with great success this fall. Likewise, Kathy had a great
race in AZ at the Soma half IM, Marcus threw down some fast run times
after time off and others are busy getting ready for a last hurrah in
On the topic of the fall, Jason has an article championing its
Kathy continued her great fall with a strong overall placing
and an AG win at the Westchester Triathlon in New York. Next stop SOMA
half, nice work Kathy!
Michael left MN for some fun in Colorado and showed that while
racing can be fun, any challenge that you value is a worthwhile training
goal. Here Michael briefly stops at the top of Independence Pass, over
12K above sea level, for a pic before kicking more climbs outside of Aspen.
Here at Dig It central, we're not sure whether to admire or hate
Dan P. from Maryland. Dan's been a great multisport athlete for a number
of years. This fall he decided to try cyclocross. Dan won his first race
last weekend. Below is the article we sent to Dan about how to warm up
for a cyclocross race, let's hope it works as well for you as it did for
Marcus capped a great year with an overall win at the amateur
race at the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Iowa. What a great year Marcus had with
multiple wins, a few podiums and consistency across the board. Here at
Dig It Tri we are stoked to have helped Marcus take it up a few notches
Don't show up to the USAT National Championships if you don't
want to see a quality field. Kathy did more than show up, she had a great
race and earned the right to represent Team USA at the 2013 World Championships
in London. Impressive!
Michael M. was in action at the St. Paul Triathlon and put forth
a nicely done race.
If the summer looked like it couldn't get better for the Dig
It gang, it surely has. Tony rocked a big PR at the IM distance, and that's
after having a new son join the family over the winter, Travis keeps going
longer and faster on the bike, having finished some major long rides,
and Marcus has started a win streak in MN that's up to 2 races and counting.
Coach Jason has been riding the TT bike too. Below is his report
on the Firehouse 50 Time Trial, and yes, that is 50 miles on the TT bike.
Early June to mid July
The summer is off to a great start and we've been a bit lacking
in our updates, apologies. A short list of Dig It athletes' accomplishments
are below. Marcus continued his great racing in MN with a 4th and 2nd
overall at the Lake Waconia and Heart of the Lakes Triathlons respectively.
Above Marcus gets the bike going at Lake Waconia.
Kathy kicked in some good results too as she ran to a 2nd in
her AG at the NYC Triathlon pictured above. Sofia won her AG and placed
2nd overall at New Orleans 5150 tri, Jill won her AG and earned a nationals
invite in MN, and Andy had a really impressive race at Buffalo Springs
70.3 in Texas despite a broken aero bar.
Coach Jason was busy too having taught a web class for USA Cycling
Coaches on short term intervals.
The summer is off to a great start for the Dig It gang. Kathy
rocked her first half IM at the Rev3 in CT and Marcus THREW DOWN at the
Buffalo tri with a sub 2:00 time and a 4th overall, 2nd amateur.
Marcus exits the water at the Buffalo Triathlon. Photo courtesy
of Brooks Borrell, thanks!
Coach Jason raced the Minnesota State TT Championships as well,
going 2nd in the Cat 4 field. The link below is Jason's report and power
analysis from this race.
Minnesota triathlon season gets rolling and Dig It's Marcus gets
it stated in style with a convincing win at the Chain of Lakes Triathlon.
Nice work Marcus, pictured below with his winner's plague!
Coach Jason is writing a series of articles bringing the exercise
science he reads to you. In this piece, he explores heart rate versus
power based training on the bike.
There are a number of different ways to test fitness. Coach Jason
explores some options for establishing a bike power threshold.
Upcoming Dig It Triathlon and Multisport lecture for the Lakes
Area Multisport club on Racing Selection and Season Planning. if you're
in Brainerd area on Thursday, January 26, make sure to come. Email Jason
for full details.
The cyclocross racing spectacular contined with Coach Jason in
Louisville, KY for the UCI Masters Cyclocross Championships.
It was a great weekend of racing, though some tough conditions
and competition had Jason ready to go home and train even harder for next
year. Check out the mud on the bike.
Jason post race with his finisher medal (muddy of course), and
a lot of the course still on his bike.
Coach Jason's been doing some cyclocross this fall and "winter."
He was in Madison, WI this past weekend for the USA Cycling National Cyclocross
Championships. It was a fun and hard weekend, just like cross is suppose
Above is the Dig It kit with pinned number. Always exciting to
be putting on a National Championships number.
Above an upward look at one of the uphills on the course, in
much better shape than when Jason got to experience it.
Here is the bike on the verge of taking the start. Not the dirt
and grime and that's after being pressure washed a few times.
Dig It Triathlon and Multisport's Threshold Thursdays (TT) has
begun. It's a free, Facebook based workout group dedicated to training
bike threshold. Coach Jason analyzes his first TT session in the article
At Ironman Arizona, Andy has a great race, knocking over 40 minutes
from his PR and getting oh so close to a Kona slot in the toughest of
Coach Jason has a great time at the MN State Cyclocross as well.
Despite a lack of updates on our part, it's been a busy October
for Dig It Triathlon and its athletes. Dan had a solid run at the Marine
Corp Marathon with a PR, Kathy rocked the Toyota Cup Tri in Dallas, Coach
Jason was in Colorado for a coaching conference. Last and certainly not
least, Jill and Cliff put their endurance training to a real test and
climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Now that's how you celebrate a special
To Learn more about Jason's confernece
Coach Jason in action at the Cross at the Y in Hudson, Wisconsin
today. A fun event. Here Jason gets ready for some cross fun.
It was great to hear that Dan broke through with his first multisport
overall win today at the Half Full Tri in Maryland. Way to go Dan, can't
help but love the podiums with Dig It on the top step!
Dig It family also in action at the Twin Cities Marathon, doing
our annual 5K time clock volunteer duties.
The Dig It crew was in action at the Duathlon World Championships
in Gijon, Spain today. Rob, Greg and Richard flew their national colors
(USA, UK, and USA respectively) for strong races amidst serious competition.
Nice work, gentlemen!
Above Rob rocks the run. Below Greg on the bike.
Coach Jason's cyclocross skills clinic was a big success as we
got our CX groves going, and it even rained. Nothing says cross like cool
temps and rain.
In Madison, Eric had a strong debut Ironman with a well balanced
swim, bike and run. Way to go Eric!
It must be a USA Triathlon themed week as Coach Jason's article
on bike training into goal races came out in the USA Triathlon Coaches
Newsletter and Dig It's Kathy and Dan rocked USAT Age Group Nationals
with outstanding performances. Dan earned a berth on the World's team,
always a tough ticket and a particularly challenging one this year. Way
to go Kathy and Dan.
Across the world, literally, and Dig It athletes are having fun
and getting it done.
Above Greg wins his division at a local duathlon in the UK.
Kathy scores an AG podium at the Lifetime Minneapolis Triathlon.
Dan wins his AG with a 4th overall at the DITR in Maryland. In
Colorado, Lindsey had fun racing the the Boulder Peak Triathlon even while
living at sea level.
The Nature Valley Grand Prix was a great time with bike racing
fun run amuck. Jason's got a report about it and a TT.
Jason was in action too, as you can see at the Tuesday Night
Coach Jason in Colorado for coaching meetings with a bit of riding
thrown in when possible.
Above Jason poses for a pic in Ward, Colorado a great ride up
and out of Boulder. Note interesting decorations in Ward.
April 30/May 1
Wow, what a weekend! In one of the best weekends of action for
the Dig It gang ever, and we're not ones for exaggeration, this weekend
will go down as a great one.
Dig It's Dan pictured below gets ready for his swim.
Coach Jason was in action to at the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico.
Coach Jason above in Dig It kit during day 3 of this stage race,
his first. The article below covers the details.
One of the age old questions regards doing versus teaching. In
triathlon, the particulars relate to coaches and their athletic accomplishments.
Coach Jason writes about it in his article, "Athletic Success and
Coaching, Is there a Connection?
Coach Jason had a roller coaster cyclocross season with some
high highs, such as highest placing ever in a bike race and an category
upgrade, and some low lights. A good way to think about it was these two
images. As the cliche goes, it was the best of times, it was the worst
Coach Jasonís thinking about 2011. Itís a time of the year when
athletes look back on their racing and make plans for the following year.
Jasonís got some thoughts on racing goals and the article, ďIs Longer
Better?Ē goes into more details.
Ironman Wisconsin this year was a great day for Dig Itís athletes with great weather and inspired performances from Andy, Betsy, Sean and Alex. With determination and joy they swam a long way, rode a long way and ran a long way. Great performances all around. Way to go guys, Coach Jason enjoyed being there and hanging with you as you rocked it!
The setting for this yearís Duathlon World Championships couldnít
have been better as the event was in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dig Itís Jill
and Cliff made the trip and were in action. Jill had a great race and
Clifford did his best as he caught a flu bug the day before but hung tough
and finished. You donít go all that way to DNS. Impressive display on
April 17, 18 and 19
A great start to the racing season for Dig It athletes across
the country. Tony gets it done in the Big Easy at the Ironman 70.3 New
Orleans, Debi grabs 5th overall woman and first master at a sprint tri
in Virginia, the Minnesota gang throws down some great runs at the Trail
Mix and last and certainly not least, Jill sets a PR at the Boston Marathon.
Wow, this weekend would make many coaches proud for a given year and it's
3 days in April, awesome!
Coach Jason also raced, in green Nature Valley team kit, at the
Durand Road Race, photo courtesy of www.skinnyski.com
My report from the 2010 Durand Road Race.
Coach Jason leads clinic for GearWest tri club on duathlon performance
along with Kevin O'Connor.
Coach Jason was in Texas for a USA Cycling Coaching clinic on
teaching bike riding skills. It was great, watch here for an upcoming
clinic on bike handling.
Above Jason poses with camp participants outside in the sun,
December 3, 2010
Coach Jason reflects on training in the off season.
What You Should Versus What You Could Do.
November 22, 2009
Dig It's Dan made his Ironman debut in Tempe at Ironman Arizona.
He might have been new at the Ironman distance but Dan was fast and had
a great performance. Nice job Dan!
October 3 and 4
Minnesota cyclocross season is underway and rolling. Michael
and Coach Jason got their seasons going with some fun and hard racing
Michael in action at the Hudson CX. Photo courtesy of skinnyski.com.
Jason at the Planet Bike Orono CX race. Photo courtesy of Seth
Jason's Race Report
September 26, 2009
It was a wet and tough day for everyone at the ITU World Short
Course Duathlon Championships. Dig It athletes were out to play and did
what they could on a challenging course in the midst of a downpour.
Debi is among this group of fast ladies before the skys opened
Here Justin Hurd closes in on the transition after a speedy first
Wow, what a day for the Dig It gang. Debi was 12th overall, and
3rd woman, at a sprint tri in Virginia. Maria set a new half marathon
PR in Chicago, and Forrest set a 5K PR by over a minute in Kentucky. Oh
and then there was Ironman Wisconsin which was the scene of outstanding
performances by Andrea, Lindsey and Henry. A successful debut and 2 PRs
made it quite the day in Madison. Jason was there to cheer and take it
Here Coach Jason hangs with Andrea after the race.
My reflections on the IM Wisconsin weekend,
with a few photos.
May 31, 2009
Dig It's friend Justin Hurd captures the US National Long Course
Duathlon Championship today in California at the World's Toughest. National
Champ baby, that's a good thing to call one's self!
Photo courtesy of Auburn Events
October 11, 2008
Justin Hurd, who Coach Jason advises, shows shows his strength
at IM Hawaii. On a challenging day, for the big island no less, Justin
did great in his first attempt at the World Championships as a pro.
September 28, 2008
Jason in racing mode at the ITU World Duathlon Championships
in Italy. It was a fun day of action.
Here the bike awaiting its trusted rider.
September 27, 2008
Jason serves as Assistant Coach with the elite athletes of Team
USA at the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Rimini, Italy. It was a
fun day filled with great competition for Team USA.
Here is the women's team poses for photos immediately after their
Coach Jason wins the inaugural Kickin' Leaves Duathlon in Grand
Rapids, Minnesota. The new race had a small field but a great course.
Hope everyone can make it there next year.
Jason poses with bike and trophy at home after the race.