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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Austin Gets an Ironman 70.3!

Big news in the Tri World of Austin, Texas! Last year's Inaugural Longhorn Triathlon has now officially become an Ironman 70.3 Race! What in the hell does that mean? Well, it means the competition will be tough and the rewards are great. This race will hold slots to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Race in Clearwater, Florida. So basically, if you're super fast in your age group, you could qualify to go to the World Championship Race!

This past year, I was 11th in my age group and I swear it was the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm just proud that little Austin is getting a big-league race (although it seems like they're handing out 70.3 races quicker than Barrack Obama bumper stickers these days).

I thought I'd relive that little day of hell with some pics taken by my dear friend Stephanie!

The Death March-lots of hills, no shade, 90+ degrees

Gutting it out in the Finisher's Chute

I swore I'd never do it again..

I lied.


triguyjt said...

you'll do that race again in a heart beat....and you'll love it...

Klopeda n Training said...

I just happened across the news online the day after it got announced. What's the course like, hilly, rough, hard to get to? This will be my third year doing tri's, first year doing Olympic distance,so I'm still on the fence about a 70.3. However, it comes 3 weeks after my last race in Seattle, so I'm thinking the timing might be right.