The Tri Town Times: 12/14/20

The Tri Town Times: 12/14/20

Long term season planning; we're looking for another mechanic; Fit 5 pedal for indoor spin bikes.

Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Training Thoughts and Updates:
A challenge I face when working with new triathletes is instilling a mindset of patience with the athletic development and training process. This is most evident when conducting intervals or race pace work. Often a motivated athlete will pick a pace (or power number) that is a based on their desired ability, not based on the reality of what their body is capable of today. At worst they increase their risk of injury and burnout, and at best they get lucky and find their 'guess' was not far off the mark.
As Ayn Rand so eloquently said, "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."
Often athletes fall into this trap of "avoiding reality" when they're taking a relatively short term view. A "16 Week Ironman Plan" should not be a thing if you're coming off the couch. The smart athlete looks at her goals based on the reality of what she has done in the past, and plans it out over the entire year, if not years. The trick is to fall in love with the process of consistency, dedication, and small, marginal gains that compound over time. If you find love in the process, the race is no longer necessary. Your journey is the reward. Teddy Roosevelt once said, "It was one of those moments that repay the hunter for days of toil and hardship; that is if he needs repayment, and does not find life in the wilderness pleasure enough in itself."
When you see a brilliant performance, when you see perfection, you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Remember to look below the surface, that is where the 10+ years of thoughtful dedication and commitment is hiding that made the performance possible.
Shop Ops:
I'm looking for a part time mechanic to work with us at Tri Town, with availability to work full time in the spring-summer months. Some mechanical experience is required, but more important is a willingness to learn, attention to detail, consistency, and a great attitude. Please email me if you (or someone you know) is interested.
Gear That Caught My Attention:
Fitness gyms and Peloton users now have one pedal to rule them all.
Quote that Struck a Chord:
"The way to measure progress is backwards against where you started, not against your ideal." Dan Sullivan
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles


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