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5 Things To Think About On Race Day: IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships

In just a few weeks, just over 4,000 qualified athletes will flock to Chattanooga, Tennessee to race IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, the peak event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series. Back in 2015, it was expected that more than 185,000 registered athletes raced at over 100 IRONMAN 70.3 races around the world throughout the 2017 qualifying season to gain their entry to the coveted 70.3. Did you make the cut? If so, you certainly have your training down — keep the momentum in the next few weeks by taking note from TeamHOTSHOT endurance athlete, 4X Ironman, 2X Kona qualifier and finisher Brian Lowman. He’ll be right there with you at the starting line on September 10th. 

  • Get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​hills!​ ​​ ​There​ ​are​ ​enough​ ​hills​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​both​ ​bike​ ​and​ ​run​ ​courses interesting.​ ​​ ​Especially​ ​challenging​ ​for​ ​those​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​areas​ ​that​ ​are​ ​more​ ​flat in​ ​elevation​ ​change.​ ​​ ​Hills​ ​just​ ​make​ ​you​ ​a​ ​stronger​ ​athlete​ ​and​ ​able​ ​to​ ​race​ ​in​ ​all conditions.
  • Know​ ​your​ ​limits.​ ​​ ​This​ ​means​ ​finding​ ​the​ ​limit​ ​in​ ​training​ ​so​ ​you​ ​can​ ​pace yourself​ ​effectively​ ​on​ ​race​ ​day.
  • Constantly​ ​reevaluate​ ​your​ ​hydration​ ​and​ ​nutritional​ ​plan.​ ​​ ​Be​ ​flexible​ ​and​ ​ready to​ ​adjust​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​pace​ ​and​ ​weather​ ​conditions.
  • Have​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​HOTSHOT​ ​on​ ​hand.​ ​​ ​I​ ​have​ ​found​ ​HOTSHOT​ ​to​ ​not​ ​only​ ​prevent and​ ​stop​ ​muscle​ ​cramps,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​keeping​ ​the​ ​legs​ ​strong​ ​and​ ​firing​ ​during​ ​those hard​ ​training​ ​sessions​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​recovery​ ​after.
  • Attitude​ ​is​ ​everything!​ ​​ ​Keep​ ​your​ ​attitude​ ​in​ ​check​ ​by​ ​thanking​ ​the​ ​volunteers and​ ​encouraging​ ​others​ ​racing.​ ​​ ​When​ ​it​ ​gets​ ​tough​ ​and​ ​the​ ​pain comes, SMILE. It changes everything.

 

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