* I had this beautiful idea that the Timex line of Ironman watches were created long ago in partnership with one of the world’s best tri-athletes who, having broken timepieces from many supposedly fine watchmakers, went to the company and said, “I need a watch that’s not afraid to work to the point of collapse. Also, it should be water-resistant to 100 meters.” Not the case. It’s just a nice bit of co-branding but I’ve still never felt comfortable wearing an Ironman watch because I’ve never completed, or even entertained the idea of, a triathlon. But if you are considering going the run, bike, swim route TotalWellness Multisport is Omaha’s first triathlon coaching center. In collaboration with The Bike Way and the Olson Center for Women, Multisport has three- and six-month plans starting at $125 as well as a la carte options for those of you training for your first triathlon. It will probably make things easier for you, you’ll feel good and you’ll totally have earned the right to buy a new watch. Visit totalwellnesshealth.com for more information. * Congrats to UNO gridders — that’s right, throwback sports writing term — Mike Higgins and Harrison Lingenfelter for playing in last week’s Cactus Bowl, the Division II football all-star game in Kingsville, Texas. It’s sort of a throwback itself considering that it’s not named something like the Whattaburger Cactus Bowl. It’s just regionally specific Thing followed by Bowl, the way they all were back when basketball players were cagers and track stars were harriers. My hometown paper still quaintly refers to them that way. Anyway, NFLDraftScout.com lists Higgins as its 38th ranked tight end and Lingenfelter as its 141st ranked tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft. * If you haven’t made it to an Omaha Lancers game lately there are plenty of opportunities this month as the team plays six of its next eight games at the Civic, starting with their game against the Fargo Force on Jan. 13. It’s one of two games on the home ice against Fargo who, as of Jan. 7, sat in second place in the USHL West Conference, one point ahead of Omaha. The Lancers will also face Sioux City twice over the same stretch. The Musketeers trailed the Lancers by one point in the West Conference at the start of the home stand.

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