70.3 Des Moines was a wet and hot mess; Boise Trails Challenge underway; dehydration/exertion and muscle cramps; Mano a Mano throw down between Jan Frodeno and Lionel Sanders.
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Weekend race report:
- 70.3 Des Moines was a bit of a mess, with a major storm rolling through race morning. The race was delayed a couple hours, with the swim eventually going on as scheduled, the bike cut to half normal distance, and the run normal half marathon distance.
Events I'm looking forward to:
- Ironman Coeur d'Alene is this Sunday. Boise has a large group of athletes competing in this event. Good luck to everyone competing!
- The Toyko Olympics, scheduled to start July 23rd, will allow up to 10,000 domestic spectators or half of a stadium's normal capacity (whichever is smaller). International spectators will not be allowed at these Olympic Games.
- Did you know that Boise has almost 200 miles of mountain biking and running/hiking trails? The Boise Trails Challenge is an annual event in which participants try to ride, run, or hike every trail between June 17 and July 17th.
- The Tri Town Crew is considering offering bike transportation to 70.3 Boulder on August 7th. If this is a service you would be interested in, please respond to this email for more details.
Training thoughts and updates:
A good reminder that dehydration is not the only cause of muscle cramps
. From my experience, cramping is more often associated with exertion than hydration. Next time you experience cramping in a race, simply ask yourself, "Am I going longer and/or harder than my training has prepared me for
Quote that struck a chord:
Not sure who to attribute this little rant to:
"A cyclist is a disaster for the country's economy: he does not buy cars and does not borrow money to buy. He does not pay for insurance policies. He does not buy fuel, does not pay for the necessary maintenance and repairs. He does not use paid parking. He does not cause serious accidents. He does not require multi-lane highways. He does not get fat.
Healthy people are neither needed nor useful for the economy. They don't buy medicine. They do not go to hospitals or doctors. Nothing is added to the country's GDP (gross domestic product).
On the contrary, every new McDonald's restaurant creates at least 30 jobs: 10 cardiologists, 10 dentists, 10 dietary experts and nutritionists, and obviously, people who work at the restaurant itself."
P.S. Walking is even worse. Pedestrians don't even buy bicycles.
If you have a moment to spare:
-If people didn't already have enough trouble overcoming their fear of swimming...
- A Mano a Mano throw down will take place on July 18th between two of the greatest long distance triathletes in history.
- Harris Cyclery, the home shop of the legendary Sheldon Brown (who has and continues to help my mechanical understanding of classic parts), closed its doors for the last time.
Have a great week!
Tri Town Bicycles
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