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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 12h 02m 18s
Overall Rank = 880/2349
Age Group = 45-50
Age Group Rank = 117/274
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:40. Drank smoothe and half bagel from Starbucks in the hotel. Kim and I hopped in the Escape and headed downtown. We spotted a parking spot on the side of the road and grabbed it. We walked the rest of the way down and saw the lot beside transition was open, so I jogged back and drove to lot (that was my warmup).

Sipped gatorade and had 1 gu before the swim
Event warmup:

Nothing, but the jog back to the car.
  • 1h 02m 9s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 28s / 100 yards

Fast swim with the current. Hardly any contact with such a wide river. Some chop and drank some water, but not too bad. Really wish I has worn the wetsuit, even though the water temp was perfect not to wear it.
What would you do differently?:

Wetsuit was optional, I should have worn it. I would have easily gone 55 minutes. Was fighting nerves. Kept too far left of the middle of the river and did not get the optimal current.
Transition 1
  • 06m 33s

.4 miles according to the garmin. Everything was good, nothing unexpected.
What would you do differently?:

Should have used the porta, because I had to go
  • 6h 03m 9s
  • 116 miles
  • 19.17 mile/hr

All the fuss on the 4400ft of elevation was over rated. All the hills I have been doing paid off huge. This course seemed easier than last year and was 4 miles longer. Enjoyed the downhills and recovery.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I could have hammered a little more. I had to pee twice which cut some time off the actual bile split with was 5:58.
Transition 2
  • 05m 16s

Stopped and handed the bike to the volunteer and ran and got my bag. It felt a little slow getting going, but wasn't.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, was good going out and ready to run.
  • 4h 44m 51s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 52s  min/mile

Have been practicing a 5/1 (run/walk) and feeling real good the past 6 weeks. Went back down to 4/1 (as I planned all along) for the race, and it paid off big. I stuck to it the entire way, never walked when I was supped to run, except through the aid stations. I think it would have been a 4:30 at Florida.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I only used the porta once, my splits were pretty consistent.
Post race
Warm down:

Was all alone in the finsh chute, so Mike Reilly said alot about me. It was awesome !!!!!!

Event comments:

Overall, I enjoyed this better than IMFL. Kim did not as a spectator and sherpa.

Last updated: 2013-09-24 12:00 AM
01:02:09 | 4224 yards | 01m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 200/274
Overall: 1630/2349
Performance: Good
Suit: NO
Course: Point-to-point down the Tennessee River.
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 06:33
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
06:03:09 | 116 miles | 19.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 139/274
Overall: 967/2349
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2 Loops lolipop.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 72
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:16
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:44:51 | 26.2 miles | 10m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 117/274
Overall: 880/2349
Performance: Good
Course: Flat 8 miles, then 2 hills on the final 6, then do them again.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2014-09-30 10:06 AM

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Murfreesboro, TN
Subject: Ironman Chattanooga

2014-09-30 10:17 AM
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Franklin, TN
Subject: RE: Ironman Chattanooga

Great race!  Nice bike split.  What % of the field do you think used wetsuits?

2014-09-30 3:41 PM
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Murfreesboro, TN
Subject: RE: Ironman Chattanooga
Thanks Joel. Andrew Dollar said around 450 used them. It was so short, I don't think I would have over-heated, but would have benefited at least 5-7 minutes.
2014-09-30 4:04 PM
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Collierville, Tennessee
Subject: RE: Ironman Chattanooga
Good race, congrats on the solid finish!
2014-10-05 4:10 PM
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Awesome race, good job!!

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