"1) Know the course, especially the bike. Do whatever you can to get familiar with the terrain AND the climate. The confidence of knowing these two variables removes two huge stresses from the race day. Your mind will find enough to drive you nuts,…"
"13:05 - first Ironman, glad to survive the heat. Big thanks to Bob, practice ride was huge - knew where and how to hold back and save it. Great day, had a ton of fun and the spectators were awesome!! Thanks Louisville for all the great support!"
"I did the pre-ride swim a couple of weeks ago on a bright sunny morning. At 8:30 am, when you swim up the river at the start, you are looking directly into the rising sun if you look straight ahead and try to sight. Don't know if this is also…"
"I was kind of bummed because I like to down an occasional Muscle Milk, and in fact had two before I went out and rode the course two weeks ago. Not the only thing I had of course but it seemed to give me a good full feeling without bloat and plenty…"
"After having ridden the course last Saturday for the first time, I would join the chorus on the section of 42 from Sligo to 393. Can't carry much of the hills with momentum and the wind beats you down. Coming out of town until the out and back…"
Great wife and kids - their support is awesome. Wealth manager by trade. Life is good!
My Tri Story:
Finished Olympic distance and 1/2, moving up to the full deal this year. Swim bike and run in the mountains of Western NC, not a flat spot to be found. Mix it up with some mt bike riding and trail running to keep it interesting.
Thank you for the encouragement. I am trying to stay mentally positive and forget about the one bad ride. I have riden the course 5-6 weeks ago. Personally, I thought it was a bit challenging. I will take your contact information with me. Are you going to sit with the iamtri group at the Friday ceremony?
I am so glad you responded. I met someone last week who you might know. His name is Todd Burkhalter. He is a triathlete from Asheville. I was going to ask him if he knew you, but he left before I had a chance to find your profile again so I could remember your name. Anyway, I am going to drive part of the distance to Louisville on Thursday night and then the remainder on Friday. I have been super anxious about this Ironman. I had one of my worst rides ever on Saturday. It was miserable. I don't know what happened, but if I experience that on race day I won't finish. I hope your training is going well and tapering down. Have a great week and maybe I will see you before the race! Dori
Peter -- I saw your profile and wanted to wish you good luck in Louisville. I love cycling near Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway is like heaven to me. The training terrain is amazing! Definitely not flat! You should have no problems with the "rollers" on the Louisville course; however, the heat will possibly keep it interesting for you and me and everyone else. Good Luck! Dori
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