2015 Ironman Texas Week – Day 5

24 hours to race start! NET is ready to go!


Tomorrow you can track all our athletes as they make their way through the swim, bike and run. Ironman Live will have updates at various points throughout the course and live video of the finish line.

Ironman Live – IMTX


Several athletes (but not all) will also be wearing personal GPS devices so you can get even more tracking details. To find them on the course use the following link: My Athlete Live.

Best of luck to everyone racing tomorrow! Just keep moving foward!


2015 Ironman Texas Week – Day 3

Introducing our First-Time Ironman Athletes racing for NET on Saturday…

Alan Gaskaalan
Age: 28
IM Experience: This is my first full Ironman competition. I have competed in a Half and have been running distance races for a while.
Goggles: the cheapest type of TYR goggles one can find
Bike: I like to think of my bike as my baby; Specialized Pro Venge 2012 model, smoke gray with electric blue. I know it is road bike but when you spend as much as I did on one bike it is hard to justify another bike; so I make “due”
Bike Nutrition: GU and Honey Stingers; I also use Base Salts to help prevent bonking and replenish what is lost in the sweat
Run Shoes: Newton Gravity III. I always feel great after a good effort in the shoes and would recommend them to anybody that loves to run as well.
Run Nutrition: same as the bike but I will throw in more solid foods like bananas and orange slices; just so you have something in the tummy to hold all the liquid. I have also been known to sneak in some GU Chomps.
My thoughts…
When you first register for this event you have to adjust a lot of things and sometimes be okay with not always being available to do what you want to do. I owe a lot to this sport that takes so much from you on race day. You learn over time that you have to respect everything: weather, food, and yes even your coach’s opinion. May 17, 2015 will be a new chapter in my life. I am looking forward to signing up for all the other events planned after this.

John CopenDSC_0691
Age: 35
IM Experience: 1st Ironman; 2 Half Ironmans
Goggles: Speedo air seal tinted goggles
Bike: Cervelo P3 with Sram Red components
Bike Nutrition: GU and Bonk Breakers
Run Shoes: Brooks Ghost
Run Nutrition: GU Chomps
My thoughts…
IM is about committing to something beyond normal human comprehension!! It’s about team work and heart!! Pain and sacrifice!

Kelley Daviskelley
Age: 32
IM Experience: 1st full iron man! Completed 70.3 in Puerto Rico this past March.
Goggles: blue seventy. A friend have them to me when I first started swimming about 18 months ago and I’ve used them ever since!
Bike: QR–don’t know what kind but it’s pink camo!!
Bike Nutrition: I eat a chew every ten minutes and a half of a honey stinger wafer every half hour. I also love to snack on sugar babies!
Run Shoes: Mizuno Inspire 10. Just switched from Asics GT 2000 this year. Mizuno Inspire are the equivalent shoe, but much lighter!
Run Nutrition: I eat lots of chews, some Gus, and wafers. Anything that sounds good! I have been practicing running until the water station, then walking. Seemed to work in Puerto Rico!
My thoughts…
I have been a spectator at the Texas IM every year since 2011. It’s always seemed bigger than anything I could do. The race is the pinnacle event for an athlete and in just a few days I will be on the course. I am proud of myself for coming this far. I have overcome fears, doubts and long days. I have really enjoyed the training! I have enjoyed pushing myself to train, even when I didn’t want to. I have swam farther than I ever thought was possible, even 6 months ago. I have learned to “enjoy” the trainer and binged watched more shows than I care to admit. I am so looking forward to the start line. I just want to start the race. I feel good about my swim. I just want to get off the bike. Once I do, I cannot wait to see my friends, family and coach on the run course, where I have spent years cheering. I keep imaging that finish line and running towards it. I cannot wait to hug my husband, daughter, family and friends at the end! When I hear the words, “You. Are. An. Ironman.”, I will know there is nothing I cannot do. See you at the finish!!

Robyn Magarrobyn
Age: 28
IM Experience: 1st Timer!
Goggles: AquaSphere Kayenne
Bike: Trek Lexa SLX
Bike Nutrition: Belvita, Gu Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Run Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (Pink and Green!)
Run Nutrition: Gu Chomps, Pretzels, Gatorade Chews
My thoughts…
Those early morning swims and long bike rides have tested me a few times, but overall, training has gone pretty well! I just like to think that every day of training is one step (or multiple steps) closer to achieving a dream. I can definitely say that the thing I’m looking forward to the most is crossing that finish line alive and well…or maybe just alive!

Suzie Hapgoodsuzie
Age: 41
IM experience: 1st Ironman; 1 Half Ironman
Goggles: TYR special ops 2.0 (Youth size)
Bike: 2013 Cervelo P3
Bike Nutrition: GU (Salted Caramel), salt stick capsules, Gatorade, H2O and Peanut butter crackers.
Run Shoes: Asics Gel Nimbus
Run Nutrition: GU, salt stick capsules, H2O, Gatorade, and chicken broth
My thoughts…
I love training. It has been challenging, but very rewarding. I’m proud of the goals I’ve achieved. I never dreamed I could do the things I’m doing now. It’s been difficult but rewarding. Like the progress I’ve made pushing my limits, achieving goals I’ve never met before. Looking forward to hopefully having a good swim and good swim time!! The swim is the hardest, most stressful event for me. Have worked hard to achieve my swim goals! What I’m looking forward to the most is crossing that finish line!! I have worked so hard for this, I think I’ll cry when they call my name!!

Terri Cawleyterri
Age: 57,
IM Experience: 1st Ironman; 2 Half Ironmans
Goggles: Speedo VANQUISHER OPTICAL tinted goggles because I need the prescription type & don’t like the sun in my eyes
Bike: I have a Cervelo P2 Ultegra Tri Bike with Williams Wheels
Bike Nutrition: I plan to eat my usual banana before the swim, another one out of the swim & use INFINIT Nutrition only on the bike & 25 oz. of water per hour
Run Shoes: Brooks Defyance 8
Run Nutrition: mostly GUs and some things off the course as needed (fruit, maybe some crackers/pretzels) and the same 25 oz. of water per hour as on the bike
My thoughts…
The training for IM TEXAS has been awesome with the support of you my coach. It has been trying & difficult at times to schedule all the training but I have only missed 1 workout due to injury! She helped me immensely when I came into this training period with an injured Achilles & wow, here I am–almost to the “Start” line! So I am ready, the hay is in the barn, and I am nervous but excited! I will look forward to seeing my husband, children & grandchildren at mile 90 & it will be a “Mount Everest” moment for me when I hear Mike Reilly call my name & say, “Terri Cawley-YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!! A. Glorious. Day.

Wade FlasowskiIMG_1729
Age: 34
IM Experience: 1st Ironman
Goggles: TYR Nest Pro
Bike: Trek Speed Concept 2.5
Bike Nutrition: GU chomps (blueberry/pomegranate) and Cliff Shot Blocks (strawberry)
Run Shoes: Brooks Ravena 6
Run Nutrition: GU-Gels (strawberry)
My thoughts…
Ironman training was very time consuming but I am glad that I put in the hours now that race day is almost here. Swimming in the open water makes me feel like a kid again (very adventurous). I also can’t wait for the segment of the bike that goes through the Sam Houston National Forrest. It is a beautiful part of the bike course and it is fast….I will still be having fun at that point (as it is in the first 30-40 miles)!

More NET First-Timers:
Curt Findeisen
Karl Brisco

Ironman Texas Week 2015 – Day 2

Introducing our veteran Ironman athletes racing for NET on Saturday…

Kyle McMorrieskyle
Age: 34
IM Experience: 4th Ironman; all Ironman Texas
Type of Goggles: Black AquaSphere Kaiman
Bike: Guru (it’s big)
Preferred Bike Nutrition: Gatorade Endurance and Powerbar Gels
Type of Run Shoes: Brooks Glycerin
Preferred Run Nutrition: Gatorade Endurance and Powerbar Gels and a hot dog at Aid Station #6
My thoughts…
All my training this year was done inside on the trainer/treadmill and my mental training was done via watching Frozen about 5 times during a long bike ride. “Let it Go!” Every now and then I managed to fit in a swim. I thought my coach was really interested in my training and how workouts went after I finished, but really I was just the NET guinea pig. Interestingly enough my schedule always had “off days” on weekends when my wife had long workouts or races so that I was free and available to watch the kids. Funny how that worked out. So anyways, I am really looking forward to that hot dog at Mile 21.

Kasey Cigichkasey
Age: 29 but having to race at 30 :(
IM Experience: 3rd Ironman and hoping to make it the best! (all Ironman Texas)
Goggles: Aqua Sphere 180
Bike: QuintanaRoo black and white
Bike Nutrition: trying out cliff bars this year and hoping they work
Run Shoes: Brooks Ravenna 5
Run Nutrition: Chomp chews and I love the cola on the course!
My thoughts…
This will be my 3rd Ironman and I am ready. It is going to be a long day but I still can’t wait to reach that finish line :)

Bryan Davisbryan
Age: 43
IM Experience: 3rd Ironman (all Ironman Texas) and this is it for awhile!
Goggles: AquaSphere
Bike: Black and red Cervelo P5
Bike Nutrition: alternate between chews and honey stinger wafers
Run Shoes: Hot pink Mizuno wave rider 17!
My thoughts…
This is my last full ironman for awhile. I was not going to race, but my wife and best friend are racing. I figured I’d probably be training with them anyway!

Summer Koltonskisummer
Age: 33
IM Experience: 2nd Ironman; I raced IMTX last year
Type of Goggles: Aquasphere k180
Bike: 2015 Felt B14
Bike Nutrition: Peanut butter crackers, Famous Amos Cookies, GU chomps
Run Shoes: Brooks Ghost
Run Nutrition: GU gels and chicken broth (for IM)
My thoughts…
I’m just an ordinary girl who has worked hard to achieve extraordinary things. Training and completing an Ironman has taught me that anything is possible with dedication and hard work. I’m looking forward to that magical moment when I cross the finish line and see my family and friends.

Catie Morrowcatie
Age: 25
IM Experience: 2nd Ironman; first was IM Louisville in August 2014
Goggles: Speedo Vanquishers
Bike: Pink Felt
Bike Nutrition: GU, Stinger Chews, Shot Blocs, Powerbar Perform
Run Shoes: Brooks Glycerin 12
Run Nutrition: anything at the aid stations
My thoughts…
I just want to cross the finish line under the 17 hour mark!

Julie Lewisjulie 2
Age: 45
IM Experience: 98% 138.2 (IM Florida 2014 canceled the swim)
Googles: Aquasphere kayenne mirrored
Bike: Cervelo P2
Bike Nutrition: Infinit
Run Shoes: Hoka One One Stinson Lite
Run Nutrition: 1st Half – Gu and roctane; 2nd Half – coke chicken broth and red bull
My Thoughts…
This journey started over a year ago training for Ironman Florida. Due to the cancellation of the swim I knew my journey wasn’t over. May 16th I will finish what I started. SWIM, bike and run 140.6. I heard the words “You Are An Ironman” when I crossed the finish line at IMFL. What I look forward to most at Ironman Texas is not only hearing it but believing it.

Also racing is NET’s veteran friend…
Elyse Gallegoselyse
Age: 27
IM Experience: 4th Ironman (Texas 2011, Florida 3014, Louisville 2013)
Type of Goggles: BlueSeventy
Type of Bike: Trek Speed Concept 9.9
Preferred Bike Nutrition: Gatorade Endurance and Powerbar bars and gels
Type of Run Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 5
Preferred Run Nutrition: Coke
IM Training: I look forward to finishing. That is all.

More NET veterans:
Clayton Collierclayton

Ironman Texas Week 2015 – Day 1

ironmantexas1sq-52a8b143edce5It’s that time of year again…Ironman Texas 2015 is set for this Saturday, May 16, in The Woodlands. NET has 16 (yes 16!) athletes racing this year in the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. In keeping with our tradition, this whole week we will have posts related to triathlon and ironman and will introduce you to all our athletes so you can track them on Saturday as they make their way to the finish line. I promise you this – it has been and will be an incredible journey!

Day 1 – Ironman 70.3 Texas Race Reports
Two weeks ago we had 18 NET athletes compete in the Galveston 70.3 half ironman event. We had veterans, newbies, and relays and (thankfully) got everyone to the finish line with time to spare. Read these race reports for the nitty, gritty details on Galveston Island but fair warning – you might cry!

Half Ironman Newbies —download
Deidra Partin 2015
Laura Handy 2015
Kelly Wahl 2015

Half Ironman Veterans —
Julie Lewis 2015
Summer Koltonski 2015

Enjoy reading and stay tuned for lots more IM info this week!

2015 Fredonia 5K/10K Results

Fredonia-five10-p1eCongratulations to all the finishers in the 2015 Fredonia 10K and 5K events! It was a beautiful morning for a race!

10K Overall
10K Age Groups
5K Overall
5K Age Groups

If you have questions about timing, please email nacendurance@hotmail.com.

Please join us for the Blueberry 5K on Saturday June 13th in Nacogdoches!