Racing Ironman Chattanooga — 2015 Edition

.  The coaches just returned from our second annual Ironman Chattanooga camp.  We were joined by 14 eager athletes from 5 different states all in search of additional wisdom for their race day experience.  By default, this meant I spent an extra three days on the course over the weekend and a few extra before […]

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WTC Rule Changes & What it Means for your Next Race

Sometimes news flies under the radar and isn’t picked up but by a few in a particular profession.  This is often the case in triathlon.  Different race directors have different rules.  Some races are USAT sanctioned and some are not.  ITU has different standards than USAT.  To 90% of the field, it’s probably all the […]

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Analyzing Your Ironman Race File

Now that Chattanooga is behind us, we have a lot of race files to look at. We can compare how an athlete did versus their race plan and tell each athlete how well they executed their plan and how that impacted their race. All of this data is combined with the feedback we get from […]

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The Race Is In Front Of You

We have 19 athletes racing Ironman Chattanooga tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about what lasting words I want to still be ringing in their ears as they jump in the river and I remembered something a friend had said recently: the race is always in front of you.  In her situation, what she meant by that […]

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A Deeper Understanding of the IM Choo Start Times

As mentioned last week, the delayed start for the Ironman Chattanooga swim is creating a panic among athletes who will fall in the 15-17 hour range.  Our initial overview of the swim start has made the rounds and is worth your time to read.  To briefly recap, you really only have about 16 hours to […]

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What the IMCHOO Swim Start Means for Your Day

Ironman Chattanooga finally put to rest a great deal of speculation concerning the official start time of the race.  While it might soothe some to finally have this information, it also put about 15-20% of the field on high alert to get their butts to the finish line quicker. Due to the sunrise that time […]

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Top Six Mistakes You will Make on the IM Chattanooga Bike

***For a more in-depth review of the IM Chattanooga bike course, please read part 1 and part 2.*** At this point in the year, I have lost count of how many times I have ridden the Ironman Chattanooga course. It’s likely around six different times.  This past weekend I took our FTP Coaching athletes around the course […]

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IM Chattanooga Bike Course – Different Perspectives

Last week, 5 FTP athletes had the opportunity to travel to Chattanooga to ride one lap of the bike course.  All of them are first time athletes.  When I they got back, I sent them a few questions to gauge their feelings on the course.  Below are a few of the key answers. 1.  What were […]

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Ironman Chattanooga–Bike Course, part 2

This past week, I had the opportunity to once again travel down to Chattanooga to participate in ongoing ‘field research’ for Ironman Chattanooga.  This is definitely one of the perks of being a full-time coach.  When you see sunny and 70 degrees, you find somewhere to ride.  I previously rode the course back in October.  […]

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