Ironman Texas: a First Time Racer Friendly Venue
Our rock star Training Coordinator, Teri Kanicki, completed the Ironman Texas. This fun-filled race takes place in May. If you want an early season race that puts most of your long course training in the late winter and early spring months to avoid the heat, this is your best bet! This 140.6 race is a great race for first timers. The location is the Woodlands in Houston, TX, which is a beautiful planned community with many hotels and restaurants.
The swim is in a man-made lake, which could be a bit cleaner, but it was manageable. It was a rolling start, so you placed yourself within groups according to your estimated finish time. The best part about the swim was the final third when you come down the canal and there are spectators everywhere! You can hear the cowbells and crowd cheering which helps bring you to swim out after a long stretch.
Transition was a quick jog through your special needs bags along the sidewalk, then into the changing tent. Before aware of your surroundings because it is easy to miss the bathrooms by the tent. Teri ended up using the Pro bathrooms on the way out of transition on her bike.
Texas had a lot of rain the week prior to the race, so there was a lot of mud in transition. The athletes had to carry their bikes and shoes out of transition but the race coordinator did have a baby pool set up for the athletes to wash their feet before mounting their bikes.
Teri recalled the bike section of the race, “The bike…well, I don’t remember a whole lot of those 112 miles, which I don’t really understand, but I do know the bike was mostly flat with some rolling hills and very similar terrain to what we see here in coastal GA.”
The run was the best part! It was a three loop course lined by spectators and crazy triathlon teams dressed in racy and crazy apparel to entertain you along the way. The people in Texas were so supportive and kind and it was an overall awesome experience.
Overall organization of the race was flawless and there was never a problem that could not be fixed or addressed immediately. You never wondered where you were going or what to do as everything was so well organized. And as always, at every Ironman event, the volunteers were amazing!