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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