The Tri Town Time: 9/6/21

The Tri Town Time: 9/6/21

RPI recap; Roglic wins Vuelta for third time; air quality guide to exercising outside.

Hi all,
A friendly reminder that the shop is closed today in recognition of Labor Day.
Here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:
Weekend race report:

- Rebeccas's Private Idaho brought thousands of athletes to Sun Valley this past weekend to participate in the multistage gravel race. Rebecca's is one of the country's premier gravel events, taking athletes on a tour of the scenic gravel around this historic town.

- Ironman world champion Anne Haug and 2x Ironman world champion Patrick Lange won Challenge Roth in Germany yesterday. Roth is generally considered the most competitive full distance event in Europe, and is often a good indicator of who is in top form for Ironman Hawaii. Also of note, Anne Haug broke Chrissy Wellington's run course record, recording a 2hr 43min marathon time.

- Primoz Roglic, the world's number one ranked cyclist, won the Vuelta a Espana for the third year in a row, this time by over 4 minutes (the largest margin of victory in 24 years). Roglic has had an amazing season, also winning the Olympic individual time trial.

Events I'm looking forward to:

- The 70.3 World Championships is Saturday, September 18th in St. George, Utah.

- 70.3 Washington is Sunday, September 19th in Maple Valley.

Training thoughts:
Poor air quality continues to be a problem in the region. This article has some great thoughts on whether or not you should exercise when the air quality is in the tank. Some key thoughts: "Personal health and genetics make a big difference in how your body responds to the same amount of pollution... Researchers didn’t control for genetics or other personal factors that can change susceptibility, but they found that when PM2.5 is at 50 micrograms per cubic meter—well into the EPA’s unhealthy zone—you won't cancel out the cardiovascular benefits of exercise until you've spent ten hours walking or five hours biking."
Gear that caught my attention:
This hub-based tire pump (inflates and deflates) may be a game changer for gravel and mountain bike racers. Though the idea is not new (variations of hub-pumps have been around for decades) I've been hoping an adjustable and wireless version like this would come to market soon.
Quote that struck a chord:
''There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.'' - Hindu Proverb
If you have a moment to spare:
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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