Back to the subject of this post. Miha and I both finished Ironman Mont Tremblant with little to nothing training. Which shows that an Ironman is not that hard after all or that Miha and I are naturally athletic. Of course, I tend to go with the latter.
The hero of the day was Miha. Her longest bike ride was 94 Km, at IM Muskoka 70.3 in 2011. And her longest swim was 3 Km. As usual, she had a big panic attack during the swim leg. No matter how warm the water is, it's still too cold for Miha. Add to it the excitement and nervousness of your first IM race, the fact that you need to swim for 3.8 Km and you get the perfect storm for a panic attack. So, a few minutes after the start, Miha was the dead last out of 2,198 participants arguing with with a lifeguard that she should quit the race. Not a great start for your first IM. Another hero of the day was the lifeguard who in the end convinced Miha to continue with her race. Kudos to the guy! Miha got herself together and slowly started to swim, knowing that there's really nothing to lose. And it worked, she had a good swim and actually managed to pass 20 people on the swim leg. She finished the swim leg in 2:01h, 19 minutes faster than the dreaded swim cut off.
I had a decent swim, considering my complete lack of training. I finished in 1:26h, 6 minutes slower than my PR at IM Lake Placid in 2010. I started the bike leg strong, passing quite a few people. My biggest worry was that I did not see Miha after the turn around. This was Miha's first IM and even though neither of us trained properly for this race I knew how important was for Miha to finish this race. When I started to lose hope, I suddenly heard Miha yelling my name. She looked great and had a big smile on her face.