Friday, July 12, 2013

Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant race report

Here's a late and brief race report about Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant.

I'll start directly with the results:

5:35h was by far my fastest half Ironman finish time so far. And considering that I did not train that much for it, I am more than happy with my result. Here's my training log for June. As you can see, I had less than 15h of training in June, prior to the race.

On the race day, all the stars aligned and I had a perfect race. The weather was nice, the roads were in perfect shape and this time I managed to pace myself almost perfectly.

It looks though that almost everybody had a great race. Usually 1:49h for the run is a pretty good time, but this time I did not place in the first half in my age group (153 out of 290 men in my age group). To put in perspective, a 1:49h run at Muskoka would have placed me on 18 out of 115 men in my AG.

Miha started the race with a nasty cold and I was very worried about her. The water was a little bit cold, which was OK for me but I knew that it would be an issue for Miha. And it was, she ended up swimming breast stroke for the entire swim leg. It took her 1:08h to complete the swim, but she did not give up and I am very proud of her.

All in all, we had a great time in Mont Tremblant. This race has a beautiful venue, perfect roads and it is very well organized. We are probably going to signup again for the full Ironman in 2014 and this times two of our friends might join us and complete their first Ironman.

A few more pictures:

Getting hydrated before the race:

Miha, showing off:

Our future Ironmans,  enjoying a vegetarian meal:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Getting ready for Ironman Mont Tremblant 70.3

On Sunday, Miha and I will race IMMT 70.3, which is our first triathlon this year. And as usual, our training is not nearly where we planned on it being. I have plenty of excuses for my lack of training, but the truth is that I am just lazy and disorganized. Anyway, if you read my previous posts, you already knew that about me by now.

The good thing about my lack of training is that I did not get injured. I read my friends' blogs about how they got injured from overtraining. That's never been a problem for me. It's hard to have training-related injuries when you train for less than 4 hours a week.

I was browsing the website and I saw this picture. It reminded me why that the Mont Tremblant is the perfect venue for a triathlon, which was the main reason we registered for the Half Ironman on Sunday. They also have the best roads I rode my bike on.

Back to my training, the part I am most scared of is the swimming leg. I swam only twice in the past 10 months and it did not go well. My swim sucked even when I relatively trained for it and now is going to suck even more. My bike and run are a little bit better. I trained close to 4h/week for the past two months, which is pretty good for me, even though is only 1/3 of the weekly training volume of my fellow triathletes.

My goal for Sunday is to finish in under 6h, which I think is doable. If everything goes well (it usually never does in an Ironman race), I'll probably finish the swim leg in 45 min, the bike in 3h and the run in 2h. That's a total of 5:55h, if you include 10 min for the transitions.

And now a quick update about the races we did since my last blog update. The race I am very happy about was the 5K Withby Waterfront, where I broke the 20 minutes barrier for the first time. Also, it was Maria's first 5K race and she finished it in 32:40. Not bad at all for an 8 year old.

Other races Miha and I finished lately were:

We also did the DVP Ride for Heart three weeks ago. This is not really a race, but I treated it like one and tried my best. As usual,  I started too fast, averaging 35 km/h after the first hour. In the end I completed 82 km at 33 km/h, which is a respectable speed for me. 

That's all for now. Best of luck to everyone who races on Sunday.