Andrew Raynor Dover
C26 Triathlon hit Chattanooga 70.3 by storm with 44 athletes racing and dozens of friends and family members along for the ride. In all we had 44 athletes start and finish. 19 crossed the line with a 70.3 PR. And 12 were first time finishers.
On top of the race we had a blast with around 40 rooms at the Holiday Inn downtown filled with awesome people. We spent a lot of time in the lobby meeting people who listen to the podcast and had an open invitation to our C26 Pre-covery lounge with 4 sets of Normatec boots on hand.
Chattanooga is a great host city for Ironman events and we took advantage of the hospitality, even offering our team a full buffet spread on Friday night in the hotel banquet room. We followed up after the race with tons of pizza as well.
Unfortunately they wound up shortening the swim . . . again and we weren’t sure the move was totally justified. While organizers said the decision would be made after watching the pros swim up stream, it was pretty clear they were planning a downstream swim for the age groupers.
Needless to say the swim was very fast again and it robbed many athletes of going after their true 70.3 PR. Hopefully there is a change of tune with Race Directors, but we’re not holding our breath. For more on our thoughts, see “Ironman Has Gone Instagram” podcast which is embedded below.
We had to depend on our athletes and their families to shoot video and take pictures for our team video. Once again, they did a fantastic job and this gives you a great look into our community and the support everyone received on and off the course.
For more information on coaching, camps or swim analysis, please email Coach Robbie: C26Coach@gmail.com