IRONMAN TEXAS AG Athlete Spotlight - Christy Sanantonio

Christy is an Elite AG athlete based out of Texas. She races in the 30-34 AG. Last year she scored a ticket to the big Island after nailing down an stellar race, this year she hopes to do the same! 

Ironman Texas this weekend! Are you in town already?  Yes - I live in Houston.

What other races have you done this season to build up to this one? How did they turn out? NOLA 70.3 in April was my build up to IMTX this year. I chose not to go to the well during the run so I could nail my biggest week of training the next week after the race.

Why did you choose IMTX? How does this race play into your goals for the rest of the year? Ironman Texas is my hometown race and I was fortunate enough to KQ last year. The crowd support is amazing and is unlike any other race I've competed in (except for Kona!). So many familiar faces cheering for hours on end, many of them in costume. It's like Mardi Gras almost but probably is the worst parade ever ;)

Tell us a little about your race build up! How has your training been? Do you feel ready to roll?: My race build up has been good and I am very excited to race IMTX for a second year in a row. Here in Houston, we have had very nice weather since the beginning of the year for the most part so conditions have been almost ideal to train in. The heat and humidity has just recently arrived over the past few weeks. So much for spring!

Have you ridden the course? Tell us about it if so. How do you feel about the heat?: Yes, the IMTX bike course is quite enjoyable and is one of my favorite parts of the race. The rolling "hills" once you get to Anderson are fun and the scenery out in the country is relaxing. I love training and racing in the heat. Bring it ON!

What's next after this? Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon 70.3 in Lubbock at the end of June. I believe it is one of the toughest HIM's on the US circuit.

What songs or mantras do you have in your head while on the bike or the run?
I try and keep my mind as calm and relaxed as possible and focus on nutrition and hydration. For some reason at IMTX last year, Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" played over and over in my head for hours on end while on the bike. It was the soundtrack of my IMTX!

Any rituals for the finish line?
A big smile has always been my wardrobe for race finishes, but this year I will wear the jersey I wore across the finish line in Kona: J.J. Watt #99. When in Texas - go big or go home! Go TEXANS!