It has been two and a half years since I did my last ironman, Coeur D’Alene 2010 and although I realize that I am a few years older, a few pounds heavier and have not trained to race an ironman I still thought that I “should” be able to ride at the same pace I did before, NOT!
Well all I can say about the training so far is tons of hills and tons of wind!! The wind has been unrelenting. Not the hot type like someone riding beside you holding a hairdryer to your face like in Hawaii but this head wind that doesn’t let up from Pemberton all the way up to my house in Pinecrest approximately 50km. You never change direction the whole time so it is constantly in your face. I have to repeat to myself what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and be like an eagle soaring into the wind. Although I say these things I still don’t manage to go any faster. On my last training ride I thought I woud try to push the pace and go a shorter distance so from Alpine Meadows up to the Callaghan and back to Alpine. Well not only was I spent by the time I got back, only imagining that I would still have to go out to Pemberton, ride the Meadows and climb back and then run a marathon, but it took my so long to ride that section that I came home with my ego shattered and said to my husband that “I am not sure that I will make the cut off!” In the past I have been able to hold 30km/hr for my Ironman rides not here and not now. Thank goodness there is still time for me to keep on tackling those hills, lose a few pounds or buy a lighter bike!
The best parts about the training so far have been two things: the enormous influx of triathletes to Whistler every weekend- you are never out there by yourself anymore and the all the bears you see while climbing up the Callaghan Road. I am fortunate to live 10km from the bottom of the road so in the evenings( ok only one evening a week) I ride over and climb up and the other day I saw 5 yearlings and one large black bear! So Cool!
Today I decided to check out the run course and if you have ever raced in Coeur D’Alene the run is just like it as you run along the lake on the bike/pedestrian path. I ran in the morning and the veiws of the mountains and the lake are beautiful! The run offers lots of variety as you run through the valley trail paved in the village area and then into Lost lake and onto the peagravel trail. And guess what I saw as I ran along, a huge Black Bear. I had to wait until he crossed the path and headed up into the woods and disappeared, (which is amazing for such a large animal) and then continued on my way. The trail is nice as it breaks up all the pavement pounding and offers some shade.
As I continue my training I am going to post on my weekly progress and keep you all up to date with all the happenings here in Whistler!!
Oh and the lake temp. in Alta Lake was 15 degrees- not that I went in but someone told me!!