The 2016 Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga was my fourth official triathlon and first at the 70.3 distance. My prior racing experience consisted of a Sprint triathlon in August 2014, another Sprint in July 2015, and a longer distance (1mi/38mi/9mi) triathlon two weeks prior to the 70.3. A year ago I committed to doing this race to raise money and awareness for Mended Little Hearts of Nashville – a great organization that helps children born with congenital heart defects – and had trained consistently for a year following that commitment. A month before the race I thought I was ready to race but the Dickson Endurance Triathlon two weeks out had filled my head with doubt. This is a summary of my weekend in Chattanooga.

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