I’m officially in for Challenge Knoxville. I’ll be doing the Olympic as has been my standard the last couple years and look forward to defending my PowerBar crown along with this outlandish 3rd place medal!
Unfortunately the rest of this crew won’t be joining me, so if you’re going and need a friend with outlandish viewpoints on triathlon or feel like having some good old fashioned Knoxville fun, let me know. I’ll be staying at the host hotel.
I’m really excited to see how the Challenge experience differs from Rev3. I thought Rev did a great job and expect Challenge to take it up a notch.
If they do one thing, I hope Challenge delivers an international flavor to this race, and by that, I have no idea what I’m talking about. Narrow roads with overly aggressive spectators, maybe? Cornetto and cappuccino in the rooms?
It’s my first race of the year and I sit here in Beloit, Wisconsin with an anticipation-buzz.
In some ways, this race has made me as a triathlete. It was my warm up race for IMWI two years ago and it was likely some of the worst conditions possible. I loved it and really grew as an athlete that day.
Last year they moved the date back a couple weeks and racing conditions were solid. It’s a great city to host and I love downtown Knoxville. Read my 2014 Rev3 Race Report.
Coming next is a list of 10 ways I believe Challenge can take a dent out of Ironman in the 70.3 distance.