Ironman Texas this weekend! Are you in town already? I will be as of Wednesday afternoon.
What other races have you done this season to build up to this one? How did they turn out? Just one, HITS 1/2 Ironman in Napa. Perfect race to prepare for IMTX, it was cold and hilly. I had a very interesting race, leading for the first hour+, until hypothermia on the bike (it was 40 degrees and cloudy to start) led to shaking, weaving and some concerned looks from other competitors as they passed me. Good times.
Why did you choose IMTX? How does this race play into your goals for the rest of the year? It's all about timing. Great time of the year, and non-wetsuit swims really line up with my strengths. Also excited as several teammates are heading down to compete as well.
Tell us a little about your race build up! How has your training been? Do you feel ready to roll? In general my training has been spot on. Some hamstring issues caused some disruption in my run training, but I've been working hard on the bike over the past few years and am excited to see how it plays out. I do feel ready to roll.
Have you ridden the course? Tell us about it if so. How do you feel about the heat? I have not ridden the course. As for heat, you have to respect it. Ironman racing is not about who is fastest, it's about who slows down the least. The heat can take it out of you if you aren't on top of your hydration, effort and heart rate. Racing smart allows you to race hard.
What's next after this? Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Austria is the highlight of this summer, and will likely jump into some local races which are a blast.
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