It’s 26 days until Ironman Mont Tremblant. That puts those of us slated to race there in the middle of peak training.
And where better to go for peak training than the race site itself?
Thursday, I drove up to New Jersey to grab Beth for a fun-filled weekend of training in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. We were rained out of our original plan, but we managed to put together some amazing swim-bike-run action before driving back home on Sunday. We saw the entire bike course, more or less the entire run course, and had an awesome time.
Minus the windy section on the bike course.
I plan to detail the course preview in a later post, but will leave you with a few gems of wisdom from the 13 miles we spent riding into a headwind that must have been 40+ mph (or 60+ km/h, for you Canadians who we loved so much this weekend).
“I think we’re going downhill, but it doesn’t feel like it.”
“I know. This is definitely a decline, but I’m in my small ring.”
“SO AM I.”
(At mile 84 of a 104 mile ride) “If the wind changes directions when we turn around so that we have a headwind on the way back, too, I am quitting the sport of triathlon.”
“Right there with you.”
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: 45 minute recovery spinning on the bike trainer in the morning, then 3400 meters of swimming, including 20 100s around 1:30/100m.
Wednesday: 45 minutes of strength training in the morning, then a 4.75 mile track workout in 96F temperatures in the evening. The workout included 3x(800 threshold-400 easy-400 threshold). The threshold stuff was 3:58-1:57, 3:55-1:56, 3:57-1:59. Not the speediest, but better than I expected given the heat.
Thursday: After driving up to Mont Tremblant, a 3.2 mile shakeout run around the village and parts of the run course.
Friday: 13.1 miles of running on the Ironman Mont Tremblant run course in 2:06 exactly (9:37 pace). I was beating myself up for not being faster, because we were ALL THE WAY UP NORTH IN CANADA and that’s the pace I hold in hot, humid DC summer weather.
Then we got back to the room and I found out that it was 81F with 82% humidity. Super.
Saturday: 104 miles of biking on the Ironman Mont Tremblant bike course, including one full 56 mile loop, the 44 mile long section of the loop, and a few extra bonus miles. Immediately followed by 20 minutes of running at 9:05 pace, which has GOT to be the fastest I’ve ever run after a 60+ mile bike. I started out giving myself permission to cut it short, but kept feeling better and better and finished it out nice and strong.
Sunday: Started the day off with about 12 miles of biking on the short part of the Ironman Mont Tremblant bike loop. Short, however, does not mean “fast” or “easy.”
Finished off our training weekend with 1.9 miles of swimming in Lac Tremblant before driving home.