I’ve been following your journey. Well done! The first one is always the special one. Congratulations Ironman, welcome to the club!
Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!
Hola! I’ve been following your weblog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent job!
Thanks for reading and I’m always happy to get feedback or read others experiences.
You’re over extended.
Give yourself time to recover.
First Half Ironman, 1982.
Not a typo.
Yep, I think I missed the part where I should have given my mind and body real rest and recovery time. 1982? Are you still racing triathlons?
Chris I’ve been drawing inspiration from your blog for my upcoming 70.3 this weekend in Tahoe and first 140 in October (CA). It’s been amazing watching your journey and just wanted to drop a note to say thanks. Great post btw — you smashed it! – Evan
Evan, thanks for the kind words and good luck in Tahoe. Have you run that race in the past? How’s the build for IMCA coming along? Several people in my local tri club are racing it too. It looks like a beautiful course.
https://strava.app.link/fk5B0E2q7rb Tahoe was an eye opener at how much more I need to practice open water. First time racing there and ended with 6:36. Signed up for Santa Cruz 9/11 to try a flat course and life goal attempt at sub 6
IMCA dream was sub 12 but at this point looking to just not walk much on the run. Keep the posts coming, really enjoy the training tips and FTP stats
Congrats on the finish, the bike course looks beautiful, but three 1400 ft climbs had to take their toll on your legs. If you did 6h36 on that course, I think sub6 on a flat course is within reach. Of course, sub 6 is a goal of mine too, so I feel ya. How did the swim and the run go?
i started reading your blog after you did Ironman Eagle. Your comments about the mental aspects of the run resonated with me.
Thanks for reading Heidi. I’m finding the challenges of overcoming the mental battles the most rewarding part of training and racing.
Do you have particular things that you do when those mental struggles show up?
I started reading your blog last week. Really great and motivational. I am training for my first 70.3, Waco in October, and found you when browsing for the experiences. Decided to do it now that my kids are in college. Did some sprint triathlons but need to train a bit more for the 70.3. I am also in Houston!
Marcelo, 70.3 races are a fun challenge. Waco is a good race and the run will challenge you. Training in the the Houston humidity will be a real benefit come race day in Waco. Thanks for reading. -Chris
Chris! What a fantastic swim/bike/run through your experience. Congratulations!
chris- quick question – were you able to stand at any point on the swim? Little anxiety on not being able to put feet down
Eric, I don’t recall any sections of the river where I noticed that I could stand up or anyone else was standing. If you are nervous about not being able to put your feet on solid ground during the swim, I have a few suggestions. 1. Wear a wetsuit and practice rolling onto your back when you get tired or feel a sense of panic. The wetsuit’s buoyancy will keep you afloat and floating on your back is going to use the least amount of energy (as opposed to doggie paddling or doing the breast stroke). 2. If you find that floating on your back doesn’t allow you to regain your composure, look for a kayak (or paddle board) to grab. You can hand on to a safety boat for as long as you like as long as they don’t move you forward. -Good luck. When is your race?
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