Ironman Mont-Tremblant - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 10h 12m 50s
Overall Rank = 116/2306
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 19/273
Pre-race routine:

Drove up tot he Redding's late on Wed night and stayed with them. Had a nice morning with them and then drove up to Tremblant. Went straight to team house and spent the night there for 1 night until our house was available the following night. We rented a house with Johnsons, Straubs, Hogans, Sis/Mitch, K & I. We had an amazing house and according to the map it was only 1 mile away (similar distance but complete other side of town from team house. The issue is that the race site/village is lakeside and all thee houses were halfway up the mountain!

Did a practice swim and drove the bike course on Friday. Then did some of the bike course with Tim on Sat to feel the steeper hills.
Event warmup:

Very little swim warmup. Just a quick out and back to test the goggles and then back to the beach to line up.
  • 1h 03m 18s
  • 4156 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Decent swim. Just kept it steady.
Transition 1
  • 06m 10s

Decent t1 considering the looooong run from the water. could not find the sunscreen though. Very annoying. It turns out it was tucked behind a fence just as you entered the bike racks. I missed it because it was on the right kind of behind you as you turned to all the bikes on the left.
What would you do differently?:

Find sunscreen
  • 5h 38m 6s
  • 111.85 miles
  • 19.85 mile/hr

(placings after swim and bike combined)
Tried to spend entire bike within watt range. Did ok. for the most part. Started to fade as always on the last lap, but I was still happy to be in the 5:3X range. I never really got into a groove of riding with anyone, but it was really nice to get back into town and have spectators you know all over the place.
It's such a great bike course. Roads are glass smooth and nicely broken up: long out and back with long gradual climbs, followed by short out and back with short steep climbs, then rinse and repeat.
The steep climbs at the end can really challenge you, but you are so close to the finish, it's nice to push through. I was definitely doing some coasting on those downhills though.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 36s

Standard t2. The only difference was adding the mohawk! As I ran out of t2, sis was positioned on the fence with gel on her hand. I gave her a high-5 and did up the mohawk without missing a step. It was beautifully orchestrated. Maybe outside assistance, but I don't think I got a competitive advantage over anyone. :-)

  • 3h 22m 40s
  • 26.22 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

(cumulative placing)
One of my best ever runs. Arizona was faster and CDA was similar, but this was just perfect. Having 1,000,000 teammates and friends out there was so great. I knew Tim, Scott, John, Xavier, Henry, etc. were all out in front of me, so I had some good motivation. The hills were pretty tough, but I just settled in and repeated to myself: "get to the trail, get to the trail". Once on the trail, it was like a Sunday on the C&O, only better. I had some shade, plenty of aid stations, nice soft surface, and a line of people to work through.
I saw most of the guys on the turn around, but still too far to catch. Eventually I made it back to town still feeling good. Ernie came out of t2 as I came by and we ran together for about a minute. It was good to see him and all my family/friends in town. Ont he second lap, I finally reeled in some people (Xavier, Scott, John, etc.). At the shorter out and back part I caught Tim and had a few words with him. Always bitter/sweet to catch Timmy. I love seeing him, but with his lead off the swim/bike, it meant he wasn't having the run he wanted.
Once off the gravel, I started to see I had a chance at a PR. I pushed the hills and tried to make no mistakes in the final 4-5 miles. Town seemed to take forever to get back to and coming by the lake, there were people drinking and lounging on the beach as it turned into a beautiful day. It was so enticing to just step off the course and take a dip with a beer, but I swung through special needds for the last time and hit the village at full speed.
What an amazing finish line in the village. 10 IM's down and a PR. Not a bad day out.

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Struggling at he finish. Got to the messages up the hill where sis found me inside. She and Mitch got me back to the condo for some food and a shower as I started to get dizzy and turn white. Once I had some food though, I came around and had an awesome time in the stands watching people come in.
Even better, Henry and Laura both got tickets to Kona! Very cool.

Event comments:

One of the best IMs on the circuit. A little pricey, but gorgeous area, course, and amenities. They do it up right.

Last updated: 2012-11-05 12:00 AM
01:03:18 | 4156 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/273
Overall: 206/2306
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: 3 sides of a clockwise rectangle with separate entry/exit
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:10
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
05:38:06 | 111.85 miles | 19.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 48/273
Overall: 271/2306
Performance: Good
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:22:40 | 26.22 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/273
Overall: 102/2306
Performance: Good
Course: 2 laps of an out and back. First section is tough rollers through town and then an out and back on crushed gravel rail trail. heavenly.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5