The Tri Town Times: 6/28/21

The Tri Town Times: 6/28/21

Hot and brutal Ironman CDA; new competition pool in Boise clears major hurdle to development; Tour off to a crash-heavy start.

Hi all,
Here is your weekly and TT Times newsletter:
Weekend race report:

- Ironman Coeur d'Alene took place yesterday during a record setting heat wave. Despite the inferno, two course records were set with Carrie Lester of Australia winning the women's race in a time of 8hr 54min, and Sam Long taking the men's title with a time of 8hr 7min.

- On a day when finishing would be considered a victory, a few local athletes found another gear and rose to the top of their respective category. Leslie Babbel won her age group, and Denis Pyryev took top 5. Congrats to all competitors, regardless of the outcome, for competing on this exceptionally challenging day.

Events I'm looking forward to:

- July 10th: road racers from around the country will converge on Boise to compete in the popular and spectator friendly Twilight Criterium.

- July 25th: the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Oregon promises to be a fast course with a downriver swim and relatively flat bike/run.

- July 26th: the Tokyo Olympic Triathlon will take place on a familiar course that has been used for the Japanese national championships for 20 years.

- July 31st: Tokyo Olympic Mixed relay. The newly introduced mixed relay triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics will have each member on the team (two men and two women) swim 300m, 8k bike, and 2k run.

- July 31st: the popular Burley Spudman triathlon is a beginner-friendly Olympic distance with over 2,000 competitors.

Training thoughts and updates:

- Our usual group swim at Quinn's Pond at 6pm is cancelled for today. Quinn's pond currently has an E. coli warning. We'll try again next Monday at Veteran's Pond- located about 1/2 mile downriver from Quinn's.

- A new competition pool in Boise has cleared a major hurdle. The new pool may be completed as early as next year, and will be located off of Federal Way, near Fred Meyer.

Quote that struck a chord:
The additional obstacles thrown at the athletes during Ironman CDA brought this quote to mind from the brilliant Timothy Gallwey:
The surfer waits for the big wave because he values the challenge it presents. He values the obstacles the wave puts between him and 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 from the surfer his greatest effort. It is only against the big waves that he is required to use all his skill, all his courage and 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.
If you have a moment to spare:
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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