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IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3 - Triathlon

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
33C / 91F
Total Time = 5h 12m 46s
Overall Rank = 318/2990
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 38/339
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4h20AM, had oatmeal and got ready. Left for transition at 5AM and it was very dark outside.Got everything ready in transition and hopped on the shuttle bus to swim start. Had a long wait before my swim start.
  • 26m 57s
  • 1900 meters
  • 01m 25s / 100 meters

Self seeded in the 32-35min wave. Jumped in the water and swam upstream to the first turn buoy. The rest was all downstream. It felt like I was going quicker. Swim went well and was very pleased with time.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 05m 14s

There is a long steep run uphill to transition. Made sure to apply sunscreen. Having a bike rack with the All World Athletes was great as the location was ideal. However, there were also many bikes off the rack when I arrived :)
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 44m 7s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.47 mile/hr

I was using my aero helmet for the first time in a race. It was rubbing quite a bit on my ear so I need to adjust some. Bike went well. I was able to have a solid swim so I gave myself some distance from the mass volume of cyclists coming. This was a problem last year due to the shortened swim. Lost a water bottle at mile 10. Grabbed a Gatorade Endurance at first aid station. That stuff is way too salty and upset my stomach. I took some Pepto Bismol which helped. Glutes and hamstring were tight by the end of the ride. I kept on track with my hydration and nutrition.
What would you do differently?:

Only put short bottles in seat bottle baskets
Transition 2
  • 02m 46s
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 53m 40s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

It was extremely hot so I knew I needed to hydrate plenty. I was able to start my race early which helped that I ran between 10h45-12h30. First loop went well. I took Gatorade, water and ice in my cap at every aid station. I took sponges which felt good but that was a mistake. My socks got soaked and may lose toe nails because of it. Saw my dad and Adam on the pedestrian bridge at the halfway mark which gave me a boost. Last 5 or 6K in that heat was a grind. I kept it together until the end. I love reaching that sign with arrows near the end and picking finish line instead of 2nd loop. Ran down the finish shoot and crossed the finish line. Quite happy with that run in those brutal conditions.
What would you do differently?:

Don't use sponges
Post race
Warm down:

Cooled down and met Adam and dad. Grabbed some food when I recovered a bit. Got my stuff from transition and went back to the car.

Event comments:

Chattanooga is a top rate event.

Last updated: 2018-05-22 12:00 AM
00:26:57 | 1900 meters | 01m 25s / 100meters
Age Group: 41/339
Overall: 0/2990
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: 1/6 upstream, the rest downstream
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:44:07 | 56 miles | 20.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 63/339
Overall: 0/2990
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:53:40 | 13.1 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 38/339
Overall: 0/2990
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2018-05-22 7:05 AM

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Subject: IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3

2018-05-22 9:52 AM
in reply to: #5243591

Subject: RE: IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3
Nice work!
Sounds like it was a warm one.
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