In exactly 14 days on October 18, Ragen claims she will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles, all in under 8-1/2 hours at the IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona in Tempe, AZ.
Ragen has a long history of signing up for athletic events and not showing up. Back in June, she did an audio interview with “Body Positive Yoga” in which she claimed she would enter “several smaller events” before the IRONMAN on October 18. This has never been mentioned again, and one of the chief criticisms of her training has always been her lack of actual race experience participating in smaller events like sprint tris or duathlons.
It has just come to our attention that Ragen registered for the Long Beach Triathlon on August 16. She is listed under the Athena Super Sprint category in the starters list. She is conspicuously absent from the results and did not even receive a 0:00:00 chip time, which means she never showed up for the race.
The Super Sprint distance is one of the easiest organized triathlon events, with a 1/4 mile swim, 7 mile bike, and 1.5 mile run. It would have been an excellent training opportunity to get some race experience. Instead Ragen didn’t even bother to show up, and then pretended it never happened, adding another event to her long list of athletic dropouts.
Since publishing this post, we’ve further learned that not only did Ragen drop out of the Long Beach Triathlon, she doubled down and also dropped out of the Newport Beach Triathlon that took place today (October 4).
Needless to say, it does not bode well for Tempe in two weeks.