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JA Race Report: Ironman 70.3 World Championship

 

By Joe Adriaens (triad. triadriaens.com)

 

I qualified for this race back in June at Madison 70.3.  With that being said, I was super pumped for this race!  I get the opportunity to race against the best 70.3 athletes in the world, what an honor!  Based on this race being on US soil, Emma and I decided that I had to do it.  It caused quite a bit of race shifting (ultimately moving my full ironman scheduled in the fall from Louisville to Florida), but more on that later.

 

Lead Up

 

Emma and I decided to get into Chattanooga a few days early as we were road tripping there.  We left on Wednesday morning to break up the drive over two days and arrived in Chattanooga on Thursday afternoon.

 

Emma and I both brought I trainers with in order to get the last key bike session in at the hotel on Wednesday night.  No rest for the wicked!

 

For destination races in the future, I don't think we will be driving.  I had a pretty stiff back and legs all week leading to race day. At any rate, I got checked in and we settled back in the hotel....

 

 

was able to get a decent training block in leading up to this race culminating with an Olympic distance race at the end of August for a final tune up (see previous post for that race report).  I was feeling pretty fit and confident with my bike and run, despite not being fully tapered for this race.

 

After getting registered and checked into the hotel, we had a delicious dinner and hit the hay early.  I was up at about 7 am on Friday to get in the practice swim.  They close the swim course as it is in the Tennessee River due to barges and the like, so Friday morning was the only designated time to get a swim in.  I met up with my buddy Sean and a few of the other EMJ guys to get ready to hit the water.  While getting ready, Emma and I ran into another MN athlete and great friend who was racing on Saturday, Erin Farrens. READ MORE

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