The Tri Town Times: 10/16/23

The Tri Town Times: 10/16/23

This week: Lucy Charles-Barclay wins Kona; Pose run clinic with Albert Lu, thoughts on simplicity.

Hi all,


Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:


Weekend highlights:

Lucy Charles-Barclay won the Women's Ironman World Championship in record setting fashion. Lucy won the 2015 race as an amateur and has taken second place four times as a professional. This year she lead wire to wire. Her record time of 8:24:31 is two minutes faster than Daniela Ryf's time from 2018.


Boise local Jocelyn McCauley was a force throughout the race, finishing the bike in 3rd place and finishing 10th overall. All this in the most talented women's field ever assembled for an Ironman.


Event I'm looking forward to:

- Running coach Albert Lu will host a running clinic at Tri Town on November 18th at 9am. Albert will demonstrate and explain how you can benefit from adopting the Pose technique in your run training. A short video to learn more about the Pose method, and please RSVP for the free clinic here.

- Ironman California is this Sunday in Sacramento.



Thought that struck a chord:

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” 

E.F. Schumacher


Often our focus is on building, constructing, and adding complexity.


It's easy to forget the value in breaking things down and making things more simple.


One of the first things we teach new mechanics is to tear a bike down to its most basic parts. It's easier to understand how things work when you can see something in its component parts.


Leonardo da Vinci improved his understanding of the human body by dissecting human cadavers. His anatomical drawings from this experience are works of art in their own right. 


As athletes, a key question we must ask is, "What are the most basic demands of my event?" It is common and easy to fall into the trap of focusing too much on the 'sexy' aspects of training, while losing sight of most fundamental things.


An athlete training for a century ride may say that riding 100 miles is the most basic component of their event. I would argue that simply being able to stay active for 5+ hours is more basic. 


How often do athletes training for a marathon focus on how fast they can run 26 miles before proving they can simply run 26 miles without fading? Stamina is more fundamental than speed when it comes to these long events.


By identifying and focusing on the most basic components of your fitness, you guarantee that you're getting the foundation of your pyramid right. 


I'll conclude with one of my favorite quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: 


Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” 




Have a great week,


Antonio Gonzalez

Tri Town Bicycles


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