The Tri Town Times: 11/22/21

The Tri Town Times: 11/22/21

Image: Dallen Miller at the Bengal Triathlon in Pocatello, Idaho.

This week: Blummenfelt sets record in Ironman debut; Arizona State University win's NCAA Tri Championships for 5th straight year; pyramidal vs polarized training study; thoughts on prioritization.

Hi all,


Happy Thanksgiving week. Here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:


Weekend race report:

- The Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt won his debut Ironman at Cozumel yesterday in record setting time. His finishing time of 7hr 21min may not stand due to ocean currents creating unusually fast swim times. Sara Svensk of Sweden won the women's race in an equally impressive time of 8hr 22min.

- Congrats to all athletes who race in Ironman Arizona yesterday.

- Arizona State University women’s triathlon team won the NCAA DI Triathlon championships in Tempe, Arizona. 159 women from 34 collegiate programs competed on a draft-legal, sprint distance course. Women's triathlon has been recognized as an "emerging" sport by the NCAA for the past 7 years. The NCAA is expected to vote in 2022 on whether to make women's triathlon an official NCAA championship sport.


Events I'm looking forward to:

The new USAT Multisport National Championship Festival.


Training thoughts and updates:

Training intervention studies are always interesting, especially when conducted on elite athletes. 60 well trained runners were trained for 16 weeks following either a polarized or pyramidal training intensity distribution (or mixed polarized/pyramidal or pyramidal/polarized). While all athletes improved to some degree, the athletes following a mixed pyramidal to polarized method improved the most.


You can read about my personal experience with polarized training here, and my short notes on polarized training here.


Shop Ops:

- A cyclist who has not practiced changing a flat tire is no better off than a cyclist who does not know how to change a flat tire. Perfect practice makes perfect: join us for a flat tire clinic tomorrow at the shop. Full clinic schedule here.

- The shop is closed on Thanksgiving Day. We're open our normal hours the rest of the week.


Quote that struck a chord:

I've recently been reflecting on what is most important in my life, business, and training. One of the many benefits is the realization that some things that seemed necessary in the past no longer do. This frees up time to focus on what matters most.


"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." Peter Drucker


A closing thought:

What will you stop doing so that you have enough time to do what is most important?



Have a great week!


Antonio Gonzalez

Tri Town Bicycles


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