The Tri Town Times: 11/23/20

The Tri Town Times: 11/23/20

Incredible results coming out of ISL; Analysis of efficient run form shows to be impossible to apply to everyone; We are closed Thanksgiving Day.

Banner Image by Scott Conover.
Hi all,
Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Weekend Race Report:
The International Swimming League was formed in 2019 as a professional team-based competition format with short, face paced events. With the world's best swimmers on teams based around the world, the ISL has done a lot to increase swimming's exposure outside of the Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel competes on the ISL "Cali Condors" team. With two gold medals from Rio (in relay events), Caeleb has been one of the world's top swimmers for a few years. This weekend while competing at an ISL Final in Budapest, he lowered the world record time for the 100m butterfly to 47.78 seconds, the first person to swim this event faster than 48 seconds. 40 minutes later, he backed up this result by lowering his own 50m world record freestyle time to 20.16 seconds.
Training Thoughts and Updates:
Other than questions on swim technique, insight on run form is the second most common 'technique' request I receive. The best advice I can give is to stay relaxed, and don't over think it. Running form varies based on your body type and the pace you're capable of running. Forcing unnatural change will only create energy-sapping tension in the body, or result in injury.
A new studysummarized nicely by Alex Hutchinson, attempted to test run coaches' ability to identify efficient run form. Surprisingly, run form is so individual and unique that it is almost impossible to visually identify the most efficient run technique for any given athlete.
You can read a summary of my personal notes on run form here.
Shop Ops:
We are closed Thanksgiving Day, and will be closing at 2pm on Wednesday.
We're open normal 10am-6pm hours the rest of the week, and 10am-4pm on Small Business Saturday.
Quote that Struck a Chord:
"I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent- no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you." -Seneca.
If You Have a Moment To Spare:

- Boise cycling star Will Barta had the race of his life during the final time trial at the Vuelta a Espana, missing the stage win by just one second to Vuelta champion Primoz Roglic. His CCC Team has been in the process of disbanding during the 2020 season, and hopefully this impressive performance puts Will on the radar for a new team in 2021.

- The Senate has passed a bill to award Greg LeMond a Congressional Gold Medal for his combined sporting achievements and community service. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States. He would be only the 10th individual athlete in history to receive the reward. The bill awaits approval by the president.

Have a great week and train smart!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles


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