Travis Wood and Sarah Barber take YMCA Sprint Sprint titles; SRAM purchases PowerTap; Quinn's Pond temperature update.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
The local racing season kicked off with the YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon this past weekend. Perfect weather for an otherwise dreary spring greeted racers Saturday morning at Camel's Back Park. Tri Town's own Travis Wood won the men's race in course-record time, while Sarah Barber took the women's title in equally dominate fashion. It was great seeing so many excited and fit athletes at the race! Results here.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
I have to apologize for getting ahead of myself: last week I announced we were planning a Grand Opening Party for this coming weekend, but reality has slapped me in the face and I need to push back the Grand Opening a few weeks. Our crew is tentatively planning an event for mid-May, and will announce an exact date shortly. I apologize for disrupting anyone's plans, but promise the wait will be worth it.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
I've received many request for open water swim updates: currently Quinn's Pond is 51 degrees Fahrenheit (measured 1ft below the surface, 20ft offshore). That's a bit too cold for us to host our usual open water swim workouts. If the water temperature increases to 55+F by next week we'll begin our free group swim workouts next Monday at 6pm. Stay posted.
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
When I started in the bicycle industry 18 years ago, the PowerTap hub set the standard for affordable and reliable power meters. Unfortunately Saris, the parent company to PowerTap, is not a hub manufacturer, and did not stay up with the rapidly changing times in the hub industry (various hub standards, disc brakes, thru axles, etc). SRAM recently purchased PowerTap, and will add PowerTap's hub, chainring, and pedal based power meters to their existing Quarq power meter lineup.
Popular Social Post-
I've feared this on every wet group ride this spring.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
I highly recommend Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art". Many of the lessons discussed in the book can be applied to sport, work, art, and personal passions. My favorite quote:
"The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like."
Have a great week!