Downtown Augusta gears up for Ironman competition
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Thousands of people are flocking to Augusta for Ironman competition.
Athletes and tens of thousands of spectators from around the world will be in town.
The Fifth Street Bridge opens at 6 a.m. on Saturday to catch swimmers below on Sunday. Preparations are happening all over town, including at a local bike shop.
We spoke to business owners and athletes about how to prepare for Sunday’s race.
Andy Jordan’s Bike Warehouse plays a key role in preparing riders.
“We have people who have made appointments months in advance to have their bikes assembled by us so that they have the bikes shipped to us or they fly with the bike and bring it in a box or a case,” said owner Drew Jordan.
The race doesn’t take place for two days, but preparations start early.
“It takes a lot of time, a lot of effort to prepare for one of these events,” he said. “It’s pretty cool to be able to help these people.”
Athletes must also be prepared.
Vielka Hernandez, Orlando, Florida. resident said, “We went to check out the bike path. We also want to try the water. Try our wetsuits and make sure everything works on race day.
Training begins well before the race weekend.
“We wake up every day at 4 a.m. On the weekends we do our long commutes, so a lot of hours,” she said.
Hernandez says she hopes the hard work pays off as she aims to break her personal best.
“I will give my heart and soul to Sunday’s race,” Hernandez said.
For Jordan, it’s about playing a small role in helping people achieve their goals.
“I think the big benefit is just seeing people achieve the goal they set for themselves,” he said.
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