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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
87F / 31C
Sunny
Total Time = 12h 44m 46s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:30 to leave the house at 6:15 for 6:30 arrival. Special needs bags had to be in by 7:30 but the AGs didn't start until 8:25. We were all discombobulated with no swim. Timing was all off which meant pre race food was off and routine was outta whack. We ended up having extra time so we just sat at the waterfront waiting.

Usual pre race breakfast, bagel and peanut butter. I carried a banana and ate that while we waited
Event warmup:

There was no real warm up. I tried to do some active stretching while waiting for the time trail bike to start.
Swim
  • 00m
  • 4224 yards
  • / 100 yards
Transition 1
  • 00m
Bike
  • 6h 29m 51s
  • 116 miles
  • 17.85 mile/hr
Comments:

The time trial start was extremely well organized and ran like clockwork. Because we started by number, each age group started together which made it really interesting. Basically it was all women until the "boys" started to catch us - by age too - first the 20somethings, then 30 and so on. Once I started to see 40s I knew DH would be coming along shortly....He passed me at mile 78.

Halfway through I got really fidgety. My quads ached and my hoo ha was unhappy on the saddle. I tried to mentally distract myself which helps for a bit but then my watts fall off.

Overall the course was perfect. I think 4,000' of rollings hills is my sweet spot. I really enjoyed the course. Not to mention, the weather was 70, overcast and breezy for a majority of it. Around the 4 hour mark the sun started to peak through and by the time I got back to transition it was full on Chattanooga heat and humidity.
Transition 2
  • 05m 57s
Comments:

As I came into T2 and picked up my bag, I noticed it was wet. I asked a volunteer "did it rain?" She said "oh yeah, it poured!" Funny - it didn't rain on us at all in Georgia :) All my stuff was dry because I had put it inside a large ziploc bag. SCORE!! I'll do this from now on wherever the bags sit out over night.
Run
  • 6h 08m 59s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 05s  min/mile
Comments:

I melted. I actually melted.

I came out of T2 guns blazing. I so badly wanted to have a decent IM run and although I knew it was hot - and the sun always gets me I still had high hopes. I ran long the waterfront on the little carpet they put down and then hit the road - and was hit by a ton of bricks. HILL and BRIGHT SUN and lots of people walking. This was going to be a long day and I started thinking about how I registered for IMMT 2019 and what race I was going to defer to because I'm definitely not doing another 140.6.

The first 4 miles were on a highway with very little shade and it wrecked me. Then you turn onto the riverwalk - which was lovely and was mostly shaded. At this point I started to get a little dizzy. URGH I thought 'I only have to hang in for 2 more hours until sunset.' Somehow I hung on going from aid station to aid station. I walked way more than planned but it became about survival. The IM run is such a mind *&^&.
is my nutrition plan working? Yes? continue, No? reevaluate
how am I feeling? strong? No? Dizzy? YEP
Slow down? speed up?
Aid station: sticking to the plan? What am I eating/drinking this mile?
Ice? HELL YEAH fill up my bra.

When I get hot, my face gets all red. I kept taking ice chunks out of my bra and rubbing them all over my face - don't judge me, triathletes are disgusting.

Finally it started to cool down as the sun was setting. The sunset view from the riverwalk was really nice. Too bad I still had 1 more trip up Barton to contend with.

On the last downhill back into town I started running with a guy who was wearing a singlet from IMMT 2016. We were both at 2015 (HOT) and 2016 (RAIN) and compared notes. Then I found myself telling him I would be there in 2019 and he said he was going back too. WAIT HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?! 5 hours earlier I was going to defer! Well Dave from Ontario, I'll see you there because I still have a marathon to get right.

Post race
Warm down:

SO HAPPY to have survived.

Event comments:

The finish line was lackluster compared to IMMT and IMLP.

However, IMCHOO has some of the best volunteers and spectators I've ever had in a race.




Last updated: 2018-04-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:00:00 | 4224 yards | / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 00:00
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
06:29:51 | 116 miles | 17.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind: Some
Course: The course was beautiful rolling hills. And for the most part the weather for the bike was perfect - overcast and a slight breeze.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 80
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 05:57
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
06:08:59 | 26.2 miles | 14m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2018-10-08 1:22 PM

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2018-10-08 1:40 PM
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Tough tough day, but of course you battled through. Congratulations!
2018-10-08 2:33 PM
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Oooof, I had almost forgotten about the heat until I read this  
Great job despite the struggle-bus of a run we all had. And I agree about the lackluster finish line. 

2018-10-08 2:53 PM
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Congratulations!! I do not judge your special way to keep cool on the run - I stored my ice under my hat, then added it where needed; but your way sounds reasonable too!

 

2018-10-08 2:56 PM
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Originally posted by lisac957

Oooof, I had almost forgotten about the heat until I read this  
Great job despite the struggle-bus of a run we all had. And I agree about the lackluster finish line. 




LOL I love that "struggle-bus"
2018-10-08 4:32 PM
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Congrats on the finish despite what sounds like miserable heat! Glad it was "only" 80-'s when I ran there (at Worlds last year). No shame in the bra to mouth ice thing. I have actually (at Vietnam 70.3--I'm not sure that ice is even made with purified water) taken ice off the ROAD and shoved it in my mouth. Will blame it on being sick, and the heat. Good luck at IMMT!


2018-10-09 6:46 AM
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This cracked me up, "don't judge me, triathletes are disgusting". And while it may be true, it is also true that they are tough, stubborn, and strong! Great job working through it all and I hope you meet up with Dave next year.

2018-10-09 8:51 AM
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Great race! I know the feeling. Even in a 70.3 in the heat, it feels like some type of hell just slogging along. I was putting ice anywhere I could find a place to put it (down my arm cooling sleeves worked surprising well). Way to overcome! Very impressive!
2018-10-09 9:51 AM
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Way to rock the bike, I'm glad the course suited you and worked toward your strengths.  Hot run = ugh.  So ugh.  'Disgusting' or not, you were doing good for yourself by using bra ice on your face.   Gotta keep cool somehow!  I'll be excited to see how IMMT treats you next year - at any rate, it shouldn't be as hot, right?  Big congratulations, Ironmanatee!

2018-10-09 10:01 AM
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Great job on what sounds like a brutally tough day!
2018-10-09 1:27 PM
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Congrats! I agree that IMChoo has the best volunteers, especially on the run!

 



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