This week: Tri Swap Wrap Up
Image: Ironman World Champion Anne Haug in St. George
Thank you to everyone who supported the Tri Swap this past weekend. Despite cold and wet weather, the sale was a success because of you. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the rain forced us to make changes to the sale's format and layout that we would not have experimented with otherwise. We will carry some of the better changes into future years, and the challenge presented by the weather acted as a great reminder that an obstacle is only so if we deem it so.
If you sold gear at the Swap your store-credit or check will be available to you early next week. We will contact you with an update.
Please pick up any unsold gear by the end of this week. Bring your gear receipts to help identify your items.
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Events I'm looking forward to:
The women's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii takes place on Saturday, October 14th. Boise-based professional triathletes Jocelyn McCauley and Danielle Lewis will be competing on the big island against an incredibly stacked field.
After eight years, Primož Roglič confirms he is leaving the powerful Jumbo Visma cycling team at the end of this season. Jumbo Visma is stacked with talent, and despite having won the Giro d'Italia this year and the Vuelta a España multiple times, Roglič is having to contest for leadership on his own team. He has not confirmed what team he will end up at. All of this is happening under the rumor that Jumbo Visma may be merging with another team and bringing on Amazon as a new sponsor.
Quote that struck a chord:
“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts. And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
- Steve Jobs with the link to the Scientific American article (subscription required).
I believe that looking to nature is a wise starting point when we are faced with a challenge. Nature often finds efficient and elegant solutions to most problems. We could look to the birds for the inspiration to fly, yet we had no such inspiration for developing the bicycle. With no natural comparison, the bicycle (and the wheel in particular) is a uniquely human invention, designed and refined over time to work nearly perfectly with just one species. Like the computer, the bicycle was a triumph of human ingenuity. I believe that is why H.G. Wells once said, "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
Have a great week,
Tri Town Bicycles
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