This weekend a bunch of my athletes and myself did our own locals training camp and it was GREAT!! We started our Saturday morning with a 3 km swim along the West side of Alta Lake where the temp. of the lake was around 18.5 degrees- quite warm and no wind!!
Note-Swim bouys are going to be set up in the near future along the Westside of the lake. They will be 100m apart for 1km. Swimmers are advised to swim along the Westside of the lake and use a bright colored swim cap. The local Whistler Rowing Club uses the East side of the lake in the early mornings. Their boats move very quickly through the water and they have their backs to the front of the boat!
After our swim we fueled up in the parking lot and went out on our 180km bike ride on the Ironman course along with a huge group of athletes from La Bicycletta and many others just up for the weekend training . The weather was fabulous, sunny and hot with little wind! We started down the highway and then up the Callaghan. I couldn’t help myself but to tell one of my athletes who I was cycling with to look around at some of the most beautiful scenery in BC!!
Note- At the top of the turn around there are public washrooms, water and a snack bar.
From there it was back down to the highway and out towards Pemberton, again with little wind. We filled up our water bottles at the Macdonald’s for free and took in some nutrition before heading out the Meadows.
Note- Pemberton Meadows is a beautiful country road with little traffic but all cyclists should be considerate of the farmers and locals who live out there and ride single file or at least move over when traffic is coming!!
The ride back from Pemberton to Whistler is probably the most challenging. You are hot, tired and there are never ending hills. For us locals it was a day of sun and little wind so we were all very pleased with the ride!! I think some of the people here for the weekend to ride were quite surprised at the difficulty of the bike course.
Back at the parking lot it was time to put our shoes on and go out for a short run, more to train our brains more than our legs. Then it was back home to prepare for our group run the next day.
Sunday morning we all met in parking lot 4 to run the Whistler Ironman run route. We are still not exactly sure where it goes but we managed to run through the village on the valley trail up to the Lil’wat Cultural center back down to Passive Haus, along Lost Lake out to Nicholas North then out the valley trail to Green Lake and then to the turn around at Emerald. I was happy to have one of my running group participants, Jim Budge, keep me company as everyone else had faster feet than me this day. It was great to be out training with friends and enjoying the scenery.
Many athletes are starting to come from all over to train here which is really exciting to see so I would like to have this blog help give some guidance and advice to keep us all safe. The shoulders of the highway are not great in some parts especially as you ride out to Pemberton but you can still ride them. This weekend I witnessed a few triathletes out in the highway lane of traffic, not riding on the shoulder. Our highway is not that wide and if someone is swinging around to miss you and going head on into oncoming traffic- how do you know that the other guy is not pulling over into the shoulder on the other side where another cyclist might be riding! Please be aware of where you are and the traffic around you. We have many tourists that travel our highways who do not know the road and may be going fast so keep your heads up travelling on the highway, through the village and through intersections.
I hope everyone had a great safe weekend of training.