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IM 70.3 Chattanooga Race Report

We left Thursday in the late morning and drove through Knoxville, TN in route to Chattanooga. The drive took us around 5 hours with traffic/construction by Asheville, bathroom and a stop at Chipotle and Trader Joe's just outside of Chatty. We arrived around 4pm and checked into our Airbnb. Karel just purchased a  Sea Sucker  bike mount for the top of the car and although I was worried our bikes would fly off, they stayed really secure during our drive. The device is super easy to use and really practical for travel (and it only weighs 11 lbs so it would be great to travel with when we rent a car for races).  It's getting a bit harder to travel with Campy because he needs to be with one of us at all times (he can't be left alone in the Airbnb because he gets confused and anxious). He also gets tired more easily which means he can't be on the move for long periods of time. But we love making memories with him. At the age of 14.5 yrs old, I am not sure how many more race-c

IM 70.3 Chattanooga - Quick Recap

  A few years ago in 2018, Karel completed two Ironman distance triathlons within three weeks (IM Kona followed by IMFL held in Haines City, FL ). Karel finished IMFL in a very depleted and exhausted state. His body and mind was not fully recovered from the Ironman World Championship and his body was empty by the time he started the marathon run at IMFL. But in this experiment, he learned a lot about himself. Had he not accepted this challenge, he would have never discovered his physical limits and capabilities.  Fast forward to the present, we were both a bit unsure how we would perform at IM 70.3 Chattanooga after completing the Ironman World Championship in St. George just 15 days prior. It was only last year that I did my fastest turnaround between two races - IM 70.3 Chattanooga and then IM 70.3 Blue Ridge two weeks later. I had a lot of trust in my body that it was healthy enough to accept this challenge but there were still a lot of unknowns as to what type of damage was linger