It’s Race Week – IMTX 2016

Here we are again! It’s IMTX race week and NET will be competing for the 6th year at this event in The Woodlands.

It looks like it will be a non-wetsuit swim, a bike course with 80+ turns in 94 miles and a hot and humid run (no surprise there!).

Get to know our NET competitors and track them on Saturday as they make their way through the swim bike and run.

The Newbie — Ariel Beus
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  1. What number IM is this for you? First IM
  2. What is your goal for IMTX? Kick butt. Have fun. Don’t die.
  3. What goggles do you use? Speedo. Nothing fancy, just pink and tinted
  4. What kind of bike do you have? Cervelo P2
  5. What kind of running shoes are you going to run in? Asics Kayano 22
  6. What is the hardest thing about IM training? Making sure not to take away too much time from my husband and 3 kids
  7. About how many hours per week do you train? 10-20hrs/wk
  8. What is the first thing you’re going to do when you cross the finish line? Hug my familyABkids
  9. What do you eat/drink on the bike? Stinger waffles, water, Gatorade, Jolly Ranchers and gum; During the run? Stinger waffles, water, Gatorade, Jolly Ranchers, oranges, and bananas
  10. Words of advice for anyone thinking about signing up for 2017… “If you are thinking about doing it, make sure you really want to do it. Be fully committed and make the most of everyday. If your heart isn’t in it 100%, you will find lots of excuses to not get workouts and everything in.”

The Veteran — Kelley Davis

  1. What number IM is this for you? Number 2! 2015 IMTX was my first
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  2. What is your goal for IMTX? Last year, I was really proud of my time (13:22). I felt great at the end of the race; even hung around for a margarita and the finish line! This year, it would be nice to beat that time, but I just want to feel good at the finish again – even if that means my time is a bit slower.
  3. What goggles do you use? Blue Seventy – only kind I’ve ever used
  4. What kind of bike do you have? QuintanaRoo – Pink Camo
  5. What kind of running shoes are you going to run in? Asics GT2000
  6. What is the hardest thing about IM training? Discipline! Hours on the bike. Doing something you don’t always want to do, but do because the end is so greatIMG_4099
  7. About how many hours per week do you train? 10-15hrs
  8. What is the first thing you’re going to do when you cross the finish line? Hug my family!
  9. What do you eat/drink on the bike? Honey Stinger Wafers and Honey Stinger Chews and I alternate between water and Powerade; During the run? I stick with the Honey Stinger Chews but really enjoyed some chicken broth last year
  10. Words of advice for anyone thinking about signing up for 2017…”Make sure it is something you really, really want. Think about why you are committing to something so big. Talk to your family and get their blessing and support too. It is not just a personal commitment. Be prepared to fight the voice inside your head, telling you to stop. But then, be prepared for the greatest day ever!”

The Veteran — Alan Gaska

  1. What number IM is this for you? This will be the second one for me. 2 down, 10 more to go until Kona Not race
  2. What is your goal for IMTX? My goal this year is to have improved on my mistakes/shortcomings of last year. I have worked hard on squaring away nutrition and strategy issues and feel the work will be showcased during the race
  3. What goggles do you use? Goggles are just whatever I can find in my swim bag. I need new ones but swim with cheap TYR pairs. The goggles do no make the swim; the swimmer makes the swim!
  4. What kind of bike do you have? I have 2 options this year: 1. I ride mainly on a Specialized Pro Venge with an aggressive setup; 2. New to my arsenal is a Specialized Shiv. I race with Roval CLX 64 wheels along with a SRAM group set.
  5. What kind of running shoes are you going to run in? I am a Newton Fate. I run in them because they are a very comfortable fit for me and they slip right on. In addition to those I have a pair of the Newton Distance that I typically do more of the shorter/faster training sessions with
  6. What is the hardest thing about IM training? Time, time, and did I mention TIME. I am recently married to a fellow triathlete and that helps but the hours we spend training and thinking about training and thinking about how the training went…I find that just finding time to be still and soak it in and be normal is hard to come by. However, I wouldn’t see my life without it.racing
  7. About how many hours per week do you train? On average I am dedicated for between 8-12 hours a week which isn’t bad
  8. What is the first thing you’re going to do when you cross the finish line? 1.       The first thing past the finish line I will do is change my clothes. I have gotten into this great habit of after any race I do I change. Makes a world of difference. Then, I think I will walk around bare footed for a while. Oh I better say this kiss and hug Kasey!
  9. What do you eat/drink on the bike? Oh FOOD; I will be rocking the Powerbar gels and Cliff bars during the ride. I find that I need something of a solid feel just so your tummy has something if you need it. If you don’t know what I am talking about try out a triathlon you will quickly learn. Drink I stick to the provided sports drink that is on the course, 2-3 bottles per hour. During the run it going to be a race to mile 20 for me. I will try to take in pretzels that are soaked with sports drink. However will stick to gels mostly until the 20 mile mark then it is just get home from there.
  10. Words of advice for anyone thinking about signing up for 2017…”Think long and hard! I say DO IT! There is nothing like this in the world. You learn so much about yourself, your family, and sometimes you meet someone special. This will be a moment you can talk about at any stage of your life and you will find people in awe, which is rightfully so. So again DO IT, I dare you!”

The Veteran — Elyse Gallegos

  1. What number IM is this for you? This is my 6th ironman! Ironman Texas x3, IMCHATT, IML, IMFLEGdog
  2. What is your goal for IMTX? To beat Kyle- who never goes to the pool until the week before the race- on the swim.
  3. What goggles do you use? Blueseventy Neuro
  4. What kind of bike do you have? Trek Speed Concept
  5. What kind of running shoes are you going to run in? No clue! I train and race in three different brands- my two favorites this month are the New Balance Vazee and the Saucony Kinvaras.
  6. What is the hardest thing about IM training? Staying mentally focused during each workout, and getting to the pool.. Every. Single. Day.
  7. About how many hours per week do you train? 20-25 hours, really depends on what phase of the plan I’m onEGBike
  8. What is the first thing you’re going to do when you cross the finish line? Take my shoes off and throw them away! Then go grab a big burger and some fries haha.
  9. What do you eat/drink on the bike? During the run? On the bike and run I drink Skratch lab raspberry mix and matcha green tea. I eats those Skratch drops 2 every hour and then will take some sort of bar with me if I get hungry. On the run I only take in liquid.. Mostly flat coke-my favorite!
  10. Words of advice for anyone thinking about signing up for 2017…”Do it! It’s terrifying and fulfilling all at the same time. Having a great group of people to train with every single day is what makes the journey to becoming an ironman all that amazing.”

Also watch:
The Veteran – Kyle McMorries (swim only…maybe…)

Check back later in the week for more race updates, bib numbers and tracking info.
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