Travis Wood wins USAT Sprint Nationals; the Annual Triathlon Swap; Kona viewing party; the decline of triathlon.
Here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:
Weekend Race Report-
- Over 4,000 athletes competed in the USA Triathlon National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend. Our very own Travis Wood took 3rd in his Age Group in Saturday's Olympic race, and won the overall in Sunday's Sprint event. Congratulations Travis! Read the Slowtwitch recap here.
- The historic Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race was Saturday. Results here.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
We are proud to once again support the Xterra Wild Ride in McCall this coming weekend. Race details and registration here
- The annual Triathlon Swap is a popular used and new gear sale held at our store every fall. We've just locked down the dates for the first weekend of October.
- Join us for an Ironman World Championships viewing party and barbecue at our shop on October 12th.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
- Jim Manton's seminar on bicycle fit and aerodynamics was fascinating and insightful. If you missed the seminar you can find the seminar notes and full audio file on our blog (there are tons of great tips on equipment and gear choices in here).
- Looking for a great tri training and education opportunity right here in the Treasure Valley? Join pro triathlete Jocelyn McCauley and coach Bevan McKinnon for a 3 day training camp September 12th-14th.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
I love the dogged persistence of this line:
"And let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row." -Vitas Gerulaitis (after beating Jimmy Connors at the Masters. Connors defeated Gerulaitis in their prior 16 matches)
If You Have a Moment to Spare-
A friend sent me a New York Times article detailing the recent decline of triathlon
. He asked if this causes me concern. I can't blame him for asking- I've devoted the last 17 years of my life to the sport. I have a business built around triathlon. The truth is I love it when things don't come easy. It weeds out the competition. It shows who's committed and who's there just because it's easy. It's okay to embrace the struggle! And if you love what you do, if you love the process, then your time will rarely feel like a struggle, and will never feel like work.
But what if it does not work out in the end? Do not be concerned. If you do honest work and committed 100%, did you truly fail?
BTW, you can read Triathlete Magazine's insightful response to the New York Times article here
Have a great week!