The Tri Town Times 6/8/2020

The Tri Town Times 6/8/2020

Local YMCA Pools opening; Silca introduces an online power calculator; Our triathlon series this weekend is the Olympic distance; Boise Trails Challenge starts June 18th.

Training Thoughts and Updates:
  • The local YMCA pools are opening back up, albeit with a fair number of restrictions.
  • How much power will it take to hold a certain speed at your next race? Silca's online Power Calculator tool aims to predict just that. It's also fun to play around with variables to estimate how much weight, road surfaces, tire quality, and air pressure influence your performance.
  • We'll try again to complete our June Triathlon Challenge this Saturday at 7am at Quinn's Pond. This weekend is the Olympic Distance event: 2 laps of the pond, ~25mile bike, and 10k run.
  • The Boise Trails Challenge starts June 18th. Bike and/or run all the trails in the Boise system over the course of a month.
 
Quote that Struck a Chord:
Just as nothing great is created instantly, the same goes for the perfecting of our talents and aptitudes. We are always learning, always growing. It is right to accept challenges. This is how we progress to the next level of intellectual, physical, or moral development. Still, don’t kid yourself: If you try to be something or someone you are not, you belittle your true self and end up not developing in those areas that you would have excelled at quite naturally.” - Epictetus
 
If You Have a Moment to Spare:
Triathletes are infamous for lacking in the 'cycling technique' department. Maybe it's due to our love for the indoor trainer, or the countless miles spent riding in a straight line. Both are great for building fitness, but not so great for building bike handling skills.
 
Mountain biking (or gravel riding) is a wonderful way to build handling skills and cycling power that compliments the steady aerobic work typical of triathlon training. When it comes to handling skills, I love the videos from local stud Kyle Warner- he does a great job of demonstrating proper technique by contrasting his polished technique alongside a relative beginner. An added bonus is that his videos are shot right here in our Boise Foothills and Eagle Bike Park.
 

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