By Bill Plock
With the fastest bike split by nearly 10 minutes and the second fastest run of the day, Boulder’s Sam Long won IRONMAN Chattanooga yesterday, winning by nearly 10 minutes over second place finisher Matt Russell.
Earlier in the year the two battled at IRONMAN Boulder with Matt winning that day. Sam said in post race interview with Dave Downey, “I was up two hours every night for the last two weeks wondering how I am going to beat Matt.” Looks like the wee strategizing worked.
At about 40 miles into the bike, Sam pulled ahead and says, “I wasn’t planning to break away, but I looked back and everyone was gone so I said to myself, go with it!
Earlier in the year Sam won the Chattanooga 70.3 and he told the crowd yesterday, “two of my best days of my life are here, I want to come back here every year for the rest of my career!”
To learn his behind the scenes strategy read this article: