Travis Wood makes his professional 70.3 debut with a top 15 performance; group rides and swims back on the calendar; some Boise trails be become directional; thoughts on suffering.
Weekend Race Report:
Lionel Sanders took the men's title and Sky Moench the women's in a highly competitive Ironman 70.3 Texas yesterday. Our very own Travis Wood
made his professional 70.3 debut, taking 14th overall in the stacked field. Look for a race report from him soon. Another top performance came from Carolyn Olsen, taking 2nd in the 30-34 age group.
Events I'm looking forward to:
> Ironman 70.3 Florida is this Sunday.
> Ironman 70.3 St. George is Saturday, May 1st.
Training thoughts and updates:
> Our popular Tuesday Threshold Ride is back on the calendar. The route is the classic "Dump Loop" to help athletes prepare for the hills of St. George. We'll leave as a group from the shop at 6pm sharp (please be ready to ride before 6pm), and ride 'easy' until the base of Hill road and Seaman's Gulch. Once we turn up Seaman's Gulch each athlete will be free to ride the remainder of the Loop at their personal best effort. Please wear a mask before/after the ride, and maintain a typical triathlon drafting distance during the ride.
> Quinn's Pond is currently 55 degrees F. Once the pond hits about 58-59 we'll start our group open water swim workouts on Monday evenings at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 7am.
If your bike will need a little TLC before race day I recommend bringing it in sooner than later. Some shops can be more than 3 weeks out for service. That typically doesn't fly well with our clientele, and we try to keep our service times to less than 4 days. To reduce the amount of time your bike is in the repair bay, try scheduling a service drop off time
Boise's Ridge to Rivers is one of the few full-time trail crews in the country, and are responsible for building and maintaining our amazing foothills trail system. Finding ways for the swelling Treasure Valley population to use our trail system safely and efficiently is a key concern for all parties. One way to do this is to implement "directional" and "separation of use" policies for heavily trafficked trails. Ridge to Rivers is set to pilot such a program on April 28th
: this will affect popular trails like Lower Hulls Gulch, Polecat, Bucktail, and Around-the-Mountain.
Quote that struck a chord:
"Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were. It was always in you.
" From Educated
, by Tara Westover.
A Closing Thought:
The point of some workouts are to get you to a point where misery and suffering consumes you. All those intervals and miles you did before were simply to bring you to this moment. Up to this point, you were simply maintaining what you've already established. Past this point is when you begin to grow and develop as an athlete.
Have a great week!
Tri Town Bicycles
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