This week: The genius of moving away from complexity.
Image: Tri Town mechanic and mountain bike racer Ben Elumbaugh.
Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Weekend race report:
This was a busy weekend for racing, with LOTOJA, , a slew of Ironman races across the country, Best in the West Tri Festival in Oregon, and the NICA mountain bike race season in full swing. Congrats to all who competed this weekend!
Events I'm looking forward to:
The annual Tri Swap is Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd. We've hosted this swap and store sale for over 9 years, and it continues to be a popular way to buy or sell used and new gear. Remember to drop off your gently used gear at our store the week of the swap: anytime between September 26th and September 30th.
Quote that struck a chord:
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.”
Often, our focus is on building, constructing, and adding complexity.
It's easy to forget the value in breaking things down and making things more simple.
One of the first things we teach new mechanics is to tear a bike down to its most basic parts. It's easier to understand how things work when you can see something in its component parts.
Leonardo da Vinci improved his understanding of the human body by dissecting human cadavers. His anatomical drawings from this experience are works of art in their own right.
As athletes, a key question we must ask is, "What are the most basic demands of my event?" It is common and easy to fall into the trap of focusing too much on the 'sexy' aspects of training, while losing sight of most fundamental things.
An athlete training for a century ride may say that riding 100 miles is the most basic component of their event. I would argue that simply being able to stay active for 5+ hours is more basic.
By identifying and focusing on the most basic components of your fitness, you guarantee that you're getting the foundation of your pyramid right.
If you have a moment to spare:
Amazing drone footage of Mt Everest.
Train smart, and have a great week!
Tri Town Bicycles
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