The Tri Town Times: 3/8/21

The Tri Town Times: 3/8/21

We're looking for help; how elite Ethiopian runners train; the real cost of integrated handlebars.

Hi all,
Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Training thoughts and updates:
I recently listened to a podcast on That Triathlon Show. The host interviewed Michael Crowley, who spent 15 months living and training with elite Ethiopian runners in Addis Ababa. Michael later wrote a book about his experience. A key takeaway from Michael's time training with the Ethiopians was how important "the group" was to their success. The Ethiopians gained energy and motivation from training as a group. Additionally, the group was a natural environment to nurture the next generation of runners. Like triathlon, the runners ultimately compete as individuals, but that does not diminish the importance of group training to their individual success. In many ways, an individual's success is a success for the entire group.
Shop Ops:
The weather is improving and the shop's getting busy. We could use more help on both our sales floor and service department. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our crew, please contact me at 208-297-7943 or [email protected]. Some basics:

- Sales associates: we are looking for a friendly, engaging, confident, and self-motivated individual with experience in cycling and/or triathlon. Must be available to work 2 weekends per month. Pay dependent upon experience.

- Service mechanic: we are looking for a friendly, reliable, and thoughtful mechanic with experience in cycling and/or triathlon. Must be available to work 2 weekends per month. Experience in the cycling industry a plus, but we have an apprentice program to develop mechanical skills. Pay dependent upon experience.

Gear that caught my attention:
The integrated handlebar on Mathieu van der Poel's Canyon Aeroad bike snappedduring a race this past week, despite not crashing. Canyon immediately announced a 'stop-ride" while it investigates the issue.
Aerodynamic handlebars that integrate the stem and cables within the bar are becoming quite popular. These handlebars can provide a significant aerodynamic advantage over more traditional setups. Despite their potential advantages, I do not recommend these handlebars if you are still dialing in your bicycle fit. The real cost of these types of handlebars lies not in the price tag, but in the inability to make quick and simple adjustments to the bike once they're installed. As Henry David Thoreau once said, "The cost of a thing is that amount of life that must be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run."
Quote that struck a chord:
Recently, some athletes have told me that they cannot wait for the end of winter. The unfortunate thing is not the cold, clouds, or short days of the winter months, but the opportunity these athletes have missed to enjoy what winter has to offer. Again, Henry David Thoreau said it best, "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth."
If you have a moment to spare:
A short and entertaining video on the amazing mountain biking in Boise.
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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