The Tri Town Times: 5/21/18

Idaho state road race; Famous Potato marathon; Team MPI swim clinic; Stryd run power meter

Hi all,
Another solid week behind us and it's starting to feel like summer around here (despite some rain). Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
Not as busy on the national scene as past weekends, but we had some solid local events this weekend:
  • For those of you interested in road racing the Idaho State Road race was Saturday. State Champions were crowed across all categories. For you triathletes looking for a boost in your cycling fitness I highly recommend giving road racing (and cyclocross!) a try. Race results here.
  • YMCA running race and Boston Qualifier the "Famous Potato Marathon" (and half mary, and 10k, etc) was Saturday as well. Along with Robie Creek this is one of the more popular early season running events in the valley and worth putting on your calendar. Congrats to all who raced. Results here.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
  • Tri Town Bike Demo is this Saturday (May 26th)! We're hosting our first ever Bike Demo from our shop. We'll have triathlon bikes, mountain bikes, race wheels, and more equipment available to demo free of charge. We'll also have special pricing on bicycles, gear, and more. The event will run from 10am-4pm, and will definitely be worth checking out!
  • On Sunday, June 17th at 8am top local coach Mark Sortino will be hosting his annual swim clinic at Quinn's Pond. This is a must attend event for new and experienced triathletes alike. We'll be on site helping with a wetsuit demo as well. Check out Coach Mark's Team MPI's page for all the details .
Training Thoughts and Updates-
  • At the bike fit seminar I spoke at this past Thursday (I'll post a summary of my speech soon), one of the athletes in attendance asked if they should purchase a bike size that is "one size down". This is one of the worst pieces of advice I hear on a regular basis. For most riders of relatively normal heights (about 5'1-6'2'') there is a bike size that fits you very well, and that should be the size you purchase. A few exceptions to this rule exist:
  • If you are a mountain biker and happen to truly be 'between sizes', then size down. Same with cyclocross.
  • If you are a triathlete, and like to ride far forward (most will) and do not want to have a very low handlebar position, then consider sizing UP.


  • Quinns Pond Update: the new changing rooms are open near the sandy beach (bathrooms should be open soon), but cooler temps and rain are keeping the pond temps at a brisk 64 degrees. Bring those wetsuits and see you at 6pm for our free open water swim workout.
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
  • Power meters changed the cycling game, will running power meters change the running game? Time will tell. Until then, I'm looking forward to trying out the run power meter from the crew at Stryd.
Most Popular Social Post-
  • The first youtube video we ever made is still our most popular, and seems to be getting a lot of traction in Asia recently. Now that Ironman is owned by Chinese company Wanda Corp I suspect they will do a great job of introducing and popularizing the sport in the East.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
  • "....but did you die?" - from a t-shirt.
This quote needs a bit of backstory to do it justice: a good customer named Kris was heading down to her first Ironman (Santa Rosa) with her husband last week when they got into a car accident on the 101. A separate medical issue landed her in the ER later that night. Kris decides to do the race nonetheless, and at check-in her husband was hit by a car while crossing the street, resulting in multiple fractures. Ironically, Kris had just purchased a shirt for her husband at the athlete village with, "...but did you die?" blazoned crossed the front. After all this Kris had to cancel her race plans but is determined to continue training to race again later this season.
Have a great week!
Antonio G
Tri Town


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