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2021 IM 70.3 Chattanooga - race recap

  After receiving news from my mom that Karel was out of surgery and slowing waking up from his knock-me-out-cocktail, I felt a lot more at ease. The check-in process was very smooth and it felt much more normal and familiar (like pre-pandemic).  Around 3pm we made our way 1.8 miles to our rental home (Airbnb). Once we unloaded the car, I couldn't wait to Facetime with Karel. He was still super sleepy and out of it but it was nice to see him.  We chatted again about 90-minutes later as he was back at our home and a bit more alert (still on the drunk-side after being sedated for two hours). He received a nerve block which made his entire left arm numb and although it felt super weird, he said it was a relief to be pain-free for the first time since the fall on his right hand.  Around 5:30pm, we had our athletes over for our typical pre-race pizza party/course talk and it was so nice to see everyone. I ordered pizza from  Home Slice  and it was delish. They also have great vegan and

2021 IM 70.3 Chattanooga: Quick Recap

  After fifteen years of endurance racing, I thought that we have experienced every possible type of setback. But this was a first. As you may have heard, Karel had a hard fall on his mountain bike on Tuesday May 18th, which happened to be five days before our scheduled event, IM 70.3 Chattanooga. Although Karel never broke a bone before, he instantly knew that something was seriously wrong with his hand. I will go into more details on his accident in a future blog post but for now, here's how the week went for us.  Tuesday late afternoon, around 5:20pm, I received a call from Karel but didn't answer it as I thought he was just driving home and I was finishing up my trainer bike + treadmill run workout. A few minutes later, I gave him a call and he was driving home - explaining to me that he needed me to take him to the hospital.  From ~6pm until 9:30pm we were in the ER waiting room (well Karel was, I had to wait outside due to COVID rules) and then from 9:30-10:30pm, Karel wa