Team Podium had a solid weekend at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga this past weekend! Despite questionable weather conditions, there were lots of smiles and hugs as the team arrived for the big event.
A big treat of the weekend was the chance to tour the Litespeed Factory just a few minutes down the road from Ironman Village. Chris gave us the inside scoop on the process of creating these high-quality titanium bikes from start to finish. The tour was finished off with an opportunity to hear from professional triathlete and QR sponsored athlete, Kimberly Schwabenbauer, as she gave us insider tips on what to eat while training and racing!
Each team members has developed his or her own personalized pre-race ritual. Some were able to join us at the Big River Grill as we had a team dinner with Atlanta Tri Club and all3sports. Sherpas, family, and athletes were able to join us for a very early dinner. Special thanks to pro-triathlete Justin Park for hanging out and sharing all of his race day tips!
After a short night's sleep, race day arrived. The storms passed through overnight but left the river running fast. There was a slight delay in the start as officials adjusted the swim course for safety and then the day began! Special thanks to all of the cheer support at the top of the first run hill. The Podium, ATC, all3sports Block Party was definitely the most spirited spot on the course!
Team Podium had a strong day on the course, both with age-group podiums by Abby Mowinski and Amy Stanton (who also punched her ticket to Worlds!) and Katie Kilpatrick and Michael McGinnis showing us what a true competitor looks like by pushing through major obstacles (a broken crank for Katie and major cramps for Michael) to finish!
Congratulations to all of our Team Podium Racers - Katie Aguilar, Abby Mowinski, Amy Stanton, Jennifer Lesser, Dean Tilman, Michael McGinnis, Katie Kilpatrick, Sean Kilpatrick. Special thanks to Team Podium Member Karen Richardson for the awesome support out on the course!
Thanks for a great weekend Chattanooga - we'll be back soon!