The Tri Town Times: 4/8/19

The Tri Town Times: 4/8/19

Ryf and Kanute win Oceanside 70.3; Grand Opening scheduled April 20th; Kris Gethin "Man of Iron" book launch; Joe Friel on the mechanics of the pedal stroke; Ridge to Rivers trail map; the dehumanization of cyclist to the average driver.

Hi all,
 
Weekend Race Report-
It was a busy weekend of racing:

- Daniela Ryf was unstoppable at Oceanside 70.3, winning over a world class field in course record time. Ben Kanute won the men's race over a large and stacked field by a mere 12 seconds on the up and coming Rudy Von Berg. A handful of locals made the trip to Oceanside and all had great performances.

- USAT Collegiate Nationals took place this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona. In many ways the race is becoming more competitive than USAT's Age Group Nationals, and is a great platform for tomorrow's top athletes to display their talent in both draft-legal and non-drafting racing.

- Ben Hoffman and Lucy Charles-Barclay won the Ironman Africa Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay.

- Andrew Starykowitz won 70.3 Texas on the shoulders of a 1hr 56min bike split, while Jeannie Seymour won the women's race in course record time.

 
 
Events We're Looking Forward To-
A few events we're excited to announce this coming month:

- I'd personally like to invite you to our Grand Opening on Saturday, April 20th from 10am until 4pm. We'll have food, drinks, door prizes, raffles, guest speakers, and tours of the historic Hyde Park House we now call home. Look for the event schedule in next week's newsletter.

- We are excited to host the book launch for Kris Gethin's "Man of Iron" at Tri Town on Tuesday, April 30th at 6pm. Kris is one of the most humble, disciplined, and studious athletes I've ever had the pleasure to work with. Meet Kris, listen to his amazing story of training for an Ironman while also training as a professional body builder, and share food and drinks with us at the launch.

     - Please RSVP on the Facebook book launch page.

- The local season opener YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon is this Friday/Saturday. It's not too late to register.

 
Training Thoughts and Updates-
Grandfather of triathlon coaching Joe Friel recently published an article clarifying the mechanics of an ideal pedal stroke. When it comes to the pedal stroke, many cyclist assume that a 'perfect' pedal stroke involves holding even tension on the pedals at all times. This is simply not the case. The best cyclist push down the hardest and do so with a smooth transition across the top and through the bottom of the pedal stroke, while applying no forces on the pedals during the up-stroke. Read my in-depth discussion on the topic from last year here.
 
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
I've been impressed with the new, interactive Ridge to Rivers trail map. It's a huge improvement over their last website, and a definite hit for anyone who utilizes Boise's extensive trail system for running, cycling, or hiking.
 
Quote that Struck a Chord-
A timely reminder if you're getting the same results over and over again, it may be time to change your methods:
 
"No, you ran one marathon. And then proceeded to make the same mistakes nine more times."
 
-Timothy Noakes, responding to an athlete who commented on running approximately the same disappointing marathon time over the course of ten races.
 
If you have a few moments to spare-
A disturbing study regarding the dehumanization of cyclists in the eye of the average car driver.
 
Have a great week!
 
Antonio G
Tri Town

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