The Tri Town Times: 12/20/21

The Tri Town Times: 12/20/21

Image: Gravel riding in Idaho.

This Week: PTO announces World Tour events for 2022 + clarity on "fastest ironman" times; webinar with Ryan Mullen and Sebastian Webber; Ideal training distribution study (polarized vs pyramidal).

Hi all,
Here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:
Events I'm looking forward to:
The Professional Triathlon Organization (PTO) has announced a World Tour of three events for 2022. The Canadian Open (Edmonton) in July, and the Dallas Open in September each have a $1 million prize purse, and will host amateur races as well. These two new races are in addition to the PTO's Collin Cup. In total, the PTO plans on awarding $5.5 million in prize money in 2022.

- Legendary triathlete Greg Bennett recently interviewed PTO CEO Sam Renouf. This podcast clarifies the important work the PTO is doing and how their long-term goals may change the face of triathlon forever.

Training thoughts and updates:

- An excellent webinar with World Tour rider and Irish National TT and Road Cycling Champion Ryan Mullen on how he added 15% to his FTP in 4 weeks. This discussion is a fine example of how misguided training may prevent you from reaching the potential inside.

- Interesting research looking to identify the ideal training intensity distribution in 5k runners. In short, researchers tried to determine whether polarized or pyramidal training intensity distribution improved 5k performance the most. The result was that most runners improved performance by simply following a training program, but a combined approach of pyramidal for 8 weeks, then polarized training for 8 weeks worked best.

Industry news:
The PTO clarifies its stance on "fastest Ironman" times.
Gear that caught my attention:
Need a last minute gift for the cyclist or triathlete in your family? We have gift cards available for purchase online.
Shop ops:
The shop will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve, and of course will be closed Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!
Quote that struck a chord:
"The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
-Muhammad Ali
If you have a moment to spare:
The late 19th century may have been the most exciting (and dangerous?) time in history to be a cyclist. If you're interested in learning more about cycling during this fascinating time, I recommend reading The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero.
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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