In 11 months, 13 days, Ragen Chastain claims she will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon in under 17 hours at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe, AZ on November 20, 2016. Her only endurance event experience to date consists of abusing the course rules at the 2013 Seattle Marathon to keep the volunteers there for over 12 hours, registering and not showing up for two short local super sprint triathlons, and failing to complete even the first segment at IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona in October this year.
After a month-long lull in posting while Ragen was busy working a big girl job and on holiday again after her previous holiday in September, we finally got a back-dated IronFat update a few days ago. She acknowledges her “plan” to register for the most important athletic event of her life consisted entirely of hoping really hard there would be some online spots available in the face of all prior evidence to the contrary. She then follows with a litany of excuses for her DNS at the IRONMAN 70.3 in October. It “took way longer” than she expected to get a bike and wetsuit. This despite the face she had a perfectly serviceable bike since January, and a road bike since March. It did take her over two months to find a bike shop willing to make the dangerous modifications so she could physically mount it since she is too overweight to actually ride a normal road bike. As predicted back in August, she even trots out the excuse about “losing time on the bike” by galavanting around Europe and going on holiday in Ireland during a crucial phase in her training, which is particularly misleading given she didn’t even make it to the bike section in the 70.3.
Yesterday saw the return of Fake Selfie Sunday. Ragen is now stripping all image metadata to prevent any embarrassing repeats of the multiple times she was caught faking training selfies and intentionally trying to hide it. Her excuse has now become a standard grandiose Ragen Chastain boilerplate about being stalked and harassed by thousands of mysterious murderous rapists who all know where she lives. As usual, there is nothing to support this claim, nor is there anything about actual training on her training blog. Remember, she now claims she trains for 3-5 hours every single day, yet the only proof she can offer is her dismal athletic record and a few photos of herself standing around in the same workout clothes at the same small selection of locations. How many times are we going to see her at that same spot in a wetsuit to “prove” she is doing open water swims? We’re also treated to a blurry photo of her “wrecked” bike with no obvious damage or explanation of what happened, which presumably means it either fell over or she fell on it herself while performing her standard acrobatic braking maneuver.
The entire Selfie Sunday gallery can be found here to avoid giving Ragen clicks: http://imgur.com/a/ohEWI
It seems pretty clear we’re in for a repeat of the last year of IronFat, with a string of worthless “training” updates that contain nothing of any substance, fake training selfies, and more claims to be the most stalked and harassed woman on the entire internet. Considering Ragen’s past athletic efforts, “training”, and her obvious commitment to not losing the weight required to actually compete, another dismal failure is the only likely outcome.