This was my first trip up to Mont Tremblant, in beautiful Quebec, Canada. I was lucky enough to be able to stay VERY close to race start with Marks college friend, Chris Boettcher.
Leading up to the race was nice and relaxed, getting in some easy swims, bikes and a run while getting comfortable in Mont Tremblant. On Thursday I rode the short hilly out and back (which is at the end of each loop - map on right) and decided I for sure had the wrong cassette on my bike. Now usually last minute bike changes are not a good idea, but when you have a 12/25 and it's challenging to climb when you're rested and only riding an hour it's for sure going to suck (be impossible) at the end of an ironman. I took my bike straight on over to the Shimano tent and had them throw on an 11/28. Best decision EVER.
|Saturday morning swim|
|Ok, we are ready!!|
|Pulled out the red carpet for the Pro bike racks!|
|AND our own personal transition chairs!|
|WAY at the end, but still a good spot :)|
We got everything checked in on Saturday and decided all we had to do on Sunday was show up :) The transition area was awesome, one of the nicest set-up's I have ever seen!!
SO thankful to be staying within walking distance to the start!! No hassle with parking, we woke up, breakfast, and headed down the hill. Threw our special needs bags in the buckets, pumped up tires, put bottles on the bike, and started the 10ish min walk to the swim start.
|I think this is my 'YIKES!' face :) Taken just a couple minutes before swim start.|
Swim: This race is a beach start, which makes me pretty nervous...I really like to avoid contact in the swim at all costs. So, I let everyone go and swam a nice clear path :) It worked...I found my friend Jess Smith's feet a couple buoys in and just hung out there for the whole swim. Thinking in my head it might be a bit easy, but hey, Ironman is a long day and I want to be strong on the bike and run!
Run: Here is where I was looking to really be strong and test myself. This is the first race since 2011 that I have really been able to train the run correctly (no injury, etc.). I felt pretty great most of the time. It was fun not having mile markers or any real idea of pace, or at first, how many K's I had to go :) I just ran along at what felt like a solid clip and worked on keeping form in tact. I know I can be faster here and am excited to keep pushing the limits!! 3:13
Overall, I am happy with this race. It was a strong field, as it was the North American Ironman Championships, as well as the last big point race for the pro's. It's tough to leave empty handed (one spot out the money) but is very motivating to keep working and improving. I want to race where the competition is strong, but may mix in a little more 'cherry picking' next year :)
9th place woman overall, 9:38:09.
BIG HUGE THANKS to my friends and sponsors for being there for me. Namely: Mark, Timex, Endurance House, QR, Powerbar, Shimano (the Di2 shifting on the bullhorns was KEY on this course), Tri-Bike Transport, Rudy Project, Champion System, Nathan Hydration, Cliff English Coaching, Blue Seventy, Speed Cycling
|Cracked a smile in the finish chute :) Always feels good to run in strong!|
|Done... and pretty happy about it.|
|Great to see the town from up high :) LOVE this place!!|