Ellie Kennedy 2nd at USA Parathlete Nats; Boise Front Trail Run; Chrono Kristin Armstrong Time Trial; YMCA Y Not Triathlon; Swim training from Brett Sutton; cold water swim essentials; Tim Don "The Man with the Halo" movie.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
- Boise local Ellie Kennedy took 2nd at the USA Parathlete National Championship Time Trial this weekend. We've had fun this spring working on her racing tricycle, and it's great to see her hard work paying off. Congrats Ellie!
Events We're Looking Forward To-
Lots of racing coming up:
- The weather is looking great for CDA 70.3 this Sunday! We'll be up there Friday thru Monday. Best of luck to everyone competing!
- Saturday, June 30th is the Boise Front Trail Run. This tough trail run starts from the Nordic Lodge at Bogus Basin, and gains some serious elevation in a 6mile or 12mile course option. Doesn't sound tough enough for you? Consider our Dirty Du option below....
- "The Tri Town Dirty Du" is our way of taking advantage of the great sporting resources Boise has to offer. Meet at Tri Town the morning of June 30th at 7am, ride up to Bogus Basin's Nordic Lodge, run the Boise Front Trail Run, then mountain bike back down. No cost to joining us for this epic workout (other than the race entry fee for the trail run). Email me if you're interested in joining!
- Chrono Kristin Armstrong is the only UCI Time Trial in the country (meaning only professional level time trial), and it's scheduled for Friday, July 13th (the day before the Twighlight Crit) near Star, ID. Best part is Kristin didn't forget about us triathletes- the "citizens race" category is tri bike legal and competes on the same course as the pros.
- The YMCA Y-Not Tri Saturday, July 14th has been the 'gateway race' for so many local triathletes, and is one of my favorite sprint races. This simple race is non-intimidating and perfect for beginners. Use discount code "TriYNotTri" to receive $5 off your registration (good for first 20 people who use the code).
Training Thoughts and Updates-
One observation I've made over the years when it comes to elite athletes is the relative basic approach they take with their training and preparation. They focus on a few key sessions, build upon the session as their fitness develops, and often repeat these key sessions many times through out the season. There is a strong focus on getting the basics right (doing the work, balancing hard work with easy work, quality rest, diet, etc) without much complexity. This article from tri coach Brett Sutton tells the story of an Australian swim program that got the 'success formula' right by simply focusing on the basics and keeping things simple.
Gear that Caught My Attention-
For those of you racing 70.3 CDA: water temps in Lake Coeur d'Alene are currently listed at 55 degrees. I suspect race day temps will be in the high 50's to low 60's- aka 'cold'. Other than a good wetsuit my cold water essentials are:
Quote that Struck a Chord-
"To have what you want, you must give-up what's holding you back." -Ben Hardy.
If you have 30min to spare-
Tim Don is one of the greatest triathletes in history, and in 2017 broke the record for the fastest Ironman time in history (7hr 40min!). Two days before the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii he was hit and nearly killed by a car while on a training ride. I found this film documenting his recovery and return to competition completely engrossing and inspiring.
Have a great week!