The Tri Town Times: 7/5/21

The Tri Town Times: 7/5/21

Tadej Pogacar leads Tour while Mark Cavendish surges; benefits of caffeine supplementation; Paul Graham on not holding back just because you're embarrassed.

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

- Last year's champion Tadej Pogacar maintains a strong lead in this year's Tour de France, with some strong competitors (like Mathieu van der Poel) starting to pull out of the race to prepare for the Olympic Games in three weeks. An exciting last minute addition to this year's Tour is sprinter Mark Cavendish, who last won a stage in the Tour over 5 years ago. He has won 2 stages in this year's race, and moves within 2 wins of tying Eddy Merckx's all time record record of 34 stage wins. All this from a man who at 36 years old was mostly written off by the pro peloton, and discussed retiring from professional racing last year.

- Lots of international triathlon races this past weekend, but few major events in the USA. Highlights include 70.3 Andorra on the border of France/Spain, and Ironman Lanzarote off the coast of Africa, and Ironman UK.

Events I'm looking forward to:
The popular Boise Twilight Criterium is this Saturday in downtown Boise, with races starting at 11am and running until 9:30pm. Amateur and professional cyclists from around the country will compete in this spectator friendly event.
Training thoughts and updates:
A short research review on the benefits of caffeine supplementation in sport. Most interesting, the research is clear that most athletes will benefit to some degree by supplementing with caffeine, though the gains may be in the 1% range. The benefits may be due to a lowering in the rating of perceived exertion (it feels easier, so you go a little harder). This reminds of that great Seneca quote: "We suffer more in imagination than in reality."
Shop Ops:
The shop is only open from 10am until 2pm today. Enjoy the 4th of July holiday!
Quote that struck a chord:
Though computer scientist Paul Graham was referring to business, products, and services in this quote, I see strong connections with personal fitness and competition:
One of the biggest things holding people back from doing great work is the fear of making something lame. And this fear is not an irrational one. Many great projects go through a stage early on where they don't seem very impressive, even to their creators. You have to push through this stage to reach the great work that lies beyond. But many people don't. Most people don't even reach the stage of making something they're embarrassed by, let alone continue past it. They're too frightened even to start."
If you have a moment to spare:
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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