The Tri Town Times: 5/2/22

The Tri Town Times: 5/2/22

This week: The value of a big challenge; a crazy story of a bike shop owner's life of lies and deception.

Image: Tri Town athlete climbing Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah.

Hi all,
Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Events I'm looking forward to:
The 2021 Ironman World Championships is this Saturday in St. George, Utah. The race started in 1978 on Oahu, and since 1980 has typically been held on the Big Island of Hawaii.This will be the first time in the race's 40+ year history that it is not held on the Hawaiian Islands.
Training thoughts and updates:
Interesting research supporting a slight benefit in unilateral vs bilateral strength training (single leg vs both leg exercises) for cyclists. More generally, research shows strong evidence supporting strength training for the endurance athlete. Just 30 minutes of lunges, leg press, deadlifts, etc, completed twice per week can make a significant difference.
You can read my notes on strength training for endurance athletes here.
Shop Ops:
Over the last couple years we have made a variety of changes to our service department designed to decrease tune-up turnaround times and improve convenience for our clients. It's rewarding to see those changes in effect. Here are a few examples:

- Our current tune-up turnaround time is approximately 3 days.

- Schedule a tune-up time to move yourself up in the queue. This helps our team budget time for your bike during the busy season.

- Let us come to you: we offer mobile pickup and delivery. We can pickup and/or delivery your bike on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Quote that struck a chord:
"The surfer waits for the big wave because he values the challenge it presents. He values the obstacles the wave puts between him and the his goal of riding the wave to the beach. Why? Because it is those very obstacles, the size and churning power of the wave, which draw the surfer his greatest effort. It is only against the big wave that he is required to use all his skill, all his courage, all his concentration, to overcome; only then can he realize the true limits of his capacities. At that point he often attains his peak. In other words, the more challenging the obstacle he faces, the greater the opportunity for the surfer to discover and extend his true potential." -Tim Gallwey
The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey is one of my all-time favorite books for athletes and coaches. You can read my book notes here.
If you have a moment to spare:
This story is almost too crazy to believe: how a questionable Strava KOM brought to light a Virginia bike shop owner's life of lies and deception.
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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