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Ironman competitors shop for competition

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Cold gear is hot for Ironman! Cold gear is hot for Ironman!
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The 13th annual Coeur d'Alene Ironman competition is just a few days away and weather forecasters are calling for triple digits on the day of the triathlon. Competitors have been training for this day for months. Now, many of them have had to alter their training plan, something Robin Deruew, the owner of Fitness Fanatics in Spokane Valley, has noticed.

"People are rethinking, not redoing their whole plan, but looking to take advantage of things that might help them control the environment as best they can," says Deruew.

People like Jessica Carson, a first time Ironman Competitor, was in the shop today hoping to get some last minute supplies before race day.

"I think I'm ready," says Carson. "At least, I was ready before I knew how hot it was going to be."

Many of Deruew's customers are Ironman competitors. In years past she would sell out of items that helped keep athletes warm, but that's not the case this year.

"We can't even give that stuff away right now."

Deruew says as soon as she heard news of the warm weather moving in for the weekend people started buying up supplies they would otherwise look over this time of year. Items like cooling sleeves, high sodium tablets and water bottles that could be mounted on the handlebars of bikes.

"For a while there we were scrambling," says Deruew, explaining how quickly supplies have run out. "Totally scrambling to get more product."

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