The Tri Town Times: 11/15/21

The Tri Town Times: 11/15/21

Image: Joe Reitan racing in the Burley Spudman.

This week: it's time for cross training; maintenance clinics back on the calendar; Race Ranger promises to decrease drafting issues in triathlon; Stoic philosophy and sport; Cognitive Bias Codex.

Hi all,
Here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:
Training thoughts and updates:
Triathlon is a sport defined by cross training. For example, in a triathlon your ability to run near your potential is heavily influenced by the depth of your swim and cycling fitness. If you focused only on running could you be a better runner? Probably yes, but you would also devote more time and miles to just running. A strong argument can be made that triathletes run exceptionally well for how few miles they complete in training. This cross training effect is obvious to the triathlete during the season, but possibly less so during the off season. The famous nordic skier Bjorn Daehlie could apparently run a 30 minute 10k, and more recently we see professional cyclists running impressive marathon times. Now is the time to challenge your fitness in various and novel ways.
Shop Ops:
"... teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
Our popular bicycle maintenance clinics are back on the schedule for the fall and winter months. Learn to confidently and quickly change a flat tire, or how to overhaul your own bike. Space is limited based on the class. These hands-on clinics also make great Christmas gifts for the aspiring DIY mechanic in your family.
Gear that caught my attention:
The RaceRanger is a device born from the frustration of drafting in triathlon. Imagine no longer having to guess if you're in a draft zone. Imagine an official being sent a notification on how many times an athlete was drafting, and for how long they held the draft. This video is worth watching to see how this simple device could change how triathlons are raced.
Quote that struck a chord:
"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials." Seneca.
If you have a moment to spare:

- The ancient philosophy of Stoicism has seen a resurgence in recent years, especially in the world of sports due to its emphasis on self-control, logic, and framing of challenges within your control vs out of your control. Ryan Holiday is a modern and prolific Stoic writer. His recent interview with American mountain bike World Champion and Olympian Kate Courtney is one of the best interviews I've heard in a long time- with many great lessons on both sport and philosophy sprinkled throughout.

- I'm happy to see Boise's Ridge to River partnership has permanently approved the directional trail pilot program started last year. The pilot program determined trail directions for four popular trails in Boise- and from my experience significantly improved both the experience and safety of those trails.

- Though not necessarily sports related: the Cognitive Bias Codex is possibly the most interesting website I have ever seen. As a business owner I often find it helpful to use mental models to think through decisions and problems, and this page explains each and every one.

Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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