The Tri Town Times: 6/10/24

The Tri Town Times: 6/10/24

Busy weekend of racing, upcoming events, the Backwards Law.

Hi all,


Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:


Last week's highlights:

- Boise local Matteo Jorgenson nearly won the prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné, taking second to Primož Roglič by eight seconds over the eight day stage race. The Dauphiné is an important test event leading into the Tour de France.

- Ellie Salthouse won 70.3 Boulder on the last mile of the run, moving up a spot from her excellent 2nd place at St. George earlier this year. Trevor Foley averaged 30 mph on the bike and closed with a 1:12:56 run to take the men's race.

- Taylor Knibb dominated the T100 field in San Francisco (Escape from Alcatraz), taking the win by almost 4 minutes. Marten Van Riel won the men's race in an exciting three-way sprint finish with Kyle Smith and 70.3 World Champion Rico Bogen.


Events I'm looking forward to:

Lots of local racing and events taking place this month:


- Coach Mark Sortino's excellent open water swim clinic is this Saturday, June 15th at Quinn's Pond. The clinic is free but you must pre-register.

- The Treasure Valley Triathlon is June 22nd. The race has had to make late-stage changes to the bike course, reverting to the out-and-back course used in prior years.

- The 9 to 5 Endurance mountain bike race is Saturday, June 22nd at Jug Mountain Ranch.

- 70.3 Coeur d'Alene is Sunday, June 23rd.

- The Boise Mountain Bike Festival is Saturday, June 29th at the Bogus Basin Ski Resort.

- The Twilight Criterium in downtown Boise is Saturday, June 29th.

- The Bogus Basin Hill Climb is Sunday, June 30th. If you're not racing you can support the race by volunteering.


An excellent way to stay on top of all local and regional events is to reference the event calendar on our website.


Quote that struck a chord:

"This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play." -Alan Watts.


The racing season is well underway, and many of our clients are understandably experiencing increased anxiety. It’s important to recognize the sources of this anxiety, which often stem from factors outside our control: the weather, water temperatures, travel issues, a flat tire, etc. Sometimes, this anxiety can lead us to actions that actually hinder our goals. For instance, if you want to achieve a certain time in your next race, you might train harder. However, by pushing yourself beyond your usual limits, you risk injury, which can ultimately slow you down. Philosopher Alan Watts referred to this as the "Backwards Law," which essentially states that the more you try to grasp something, the more it slips through your fingers.


This isn't to say you shouldn’t strive to improve, be faster, or become more fit. The key is to ensure that your desire to be a "good athlete" or achieve a "good result" doesn’t interfere with the natural joy of exercise and living a healthy life. If you can enjoy every step of the process, from the self-sacrifice to the joy of success, you will undoubtedly grow as an athlete. More importantly, you will grow as a person.


If you have a moment to spare:

- Netflix' Tour de France: Unchained- Season 2 airs tomorrow.


Have a great week!


Antonio Gonzalez

Tri Town Bicycles


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