And it happens again. As much as I love Chattanooga, my races there are usually shitty. Triathlon is all about timing and this time, it was bad again. I got back from a 3 week vacation and went travelling for work the week prior. Ha! With no further due… let me tell you how it went.
The day before: Arrived around 2 o’clock and headed directly to the expo. Got the packet, racked the bike, saw some familiar faces and got to rest a little before dinner. Dinner was at Big River Grill and it was pretty good. Service took a little longer than usual, they were pretty packed but it was good food.
The day of: Woke up early, got ready, packed the car, drove to transition. It was super early and was able to get a parking spot close to transition, under a tree. I had the breakfast in the car: bagel, cream cheese and orange juice. Set up the transition, got in the bus for the swim start. Waited forever, had one GU gel about 15 minutes before my swim start.
Swim: No wetsuit legal, strong current. I got into a cool grove and it was nice swim. Not too bad for the past couple weeks off, I start to think that this race might not be so bad. Time: 0:26:17
T1: There was a lot of running to get to the bike, I made it as quick as I could. Heart monitor strap, helmet and sunglasses. All on, so out of there. My shoes were clipped in. Time:0:03:14
Bike: Shoes on and then…. started hot and it got worse. Ha! The course was on the highway, no shadows, long steep hills. I felt everyone passed me on the bike, I got annoyed but there was nothing I could do differently. This was the 2nd time I was on my bike since Rev3 Knoxville (which happened a month ago…). Time: 1:39:24
T2: I made the mistake of sitting down. Oh no! Time: 0:03:25
Run: The course is flat, there are two hills and a set of stairs. It would not be bad if it wasn’t for the heat. One of the stations ran out of the water and I happen to pass them twice. Instead they had ice, I put some inside my hat and eat some. I had to slow down a lot and walked on the aid stations. Time: 1:08:53
Final time: 3:21:15. Not my best, I am yet to have a nice race day in Chattanooga. But there is nothing like beer to fix a bad race day and Chattanooga never disappoints!