As I've probably mentioned in passing in previous posts, I've been part of the triathlon club Team Z, based here in Arlington, VA since 2007. Over the summer an opportunity presented itself to move over to a smaller team, Ignite Endurance, sponsored by a local triathlon shop, Tri360, that was opening its doors Labor Day weekend. I decided to go for it, as sometimes changes can help you grow and I really liked everyone who was going to be part of this new adventure. I also hoped that it wouldn't matter to my friends what tri kit I wore and friendships would continue, even if I was no longer part of Team Z.
I stopped by Tri360 on their opening day, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. I biked over because they are located about 4 miles from my house by bike path. It's actually faster to bike than to drive because I hit zero traffic lights. I bought them out of their Hammer Gel supply and had their mechanic, Mike, take a look at my bike because I felt like it was making funny noises. I also decided it was time to get my drivetrain cleaned (in June I did a big cleanup/tuneup on my road bike and now it was time to show my tri bike some love). He was great, took the time to explain what would be involved in the drivetrain clean, and took care of the bike right away. He also lubed up my pedals and cleats because I'd been having a hard time recently clipping out (and it's no fun to make a crash landing because you can't clip out, been there, done that). I had a chance to chat with Kate and Blaine, the owners, who were super friendly and were more than willing to take time out of their day to talk with me about the store and what they hope to offer.
If you're looking to get a run or ride during the week, we're leading group runs on Mondays out of the Tri360 store starting at 6:30pm and group rides out of the store on Thursdays at 6:30pm. Come join us!