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Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
World Triathlon Corporation
20C / 68F
Total Time = 11h 47m 22s
Overall Rank = 768/2200
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 135/260
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 and had some coffee and oatmeal. I pretty much had everything ready to go the night before except for mixing a bottle of Skratch Labs mixture for the bike.

Body marking opened at 5:00 and I wasn't sure if there would be long lineups so I got there shortly after 5. No lineup at all! Just a bunch of the volunteers standing in front of the stage and you just went to one that was available. In and out in under 2 mins! Went down to the transition area and stopped by Fred's spot to wish him luck. Pumped up the tires, checked the brakes and put my nutrition on the bike. Then I dropped off my special needs bags. It was only 5:25 by this point so we went back to our hotel room (only a 2 min walk away). At 6:15 we started walking down to the swim start which was about a 10 min walk away.
Event warmup:

I wasn't anticipating how long it would take to get from the parking lot through to the beach so I was a bit rushed by the time I got there and was worried I wouldn't be able to get to the front in time. I got there with about 3 mins to spare. Swung my arms around a bit to loosen up and got ready to start.
  • 54m 2s
  • 3800 meters
  • 01m 25s / 100 meters

What can I say, it was a perfect swim. Right off the bat, I went hard and was in clear water immediately. There was one guy to my left and another group over to my right but I had a clear line and no contact at all. For the first 5 mins or so the pace was high but then it started to settle down a bit. I decided to tuck in behind the guy to my left who was headed over to the right to tack onto the pack. For about half way of the first leg that's where I stayed. At that point I noticed that the group to the right was starting to go faster than us so I looked for a spot to jump into the train. This was the only point in the swim that I had any serious contact - took a punch to the face but it didn't affect me too much. Once we made the first turn, I noticed that our group had separated from the pack a bit and I was at the back end of it and trailing off. I didn't want to end up in no mans land so I picked up the pace for a minute to grab back onto the group. After making the final turn for the long stretch back, I noticed we started to pass some of the different colored caps of the pros that had started 10 mins ahead of us - that's when I knew we were going at a good pace and it would be a good time. The rest of the swim was very un-eventful and i just followed the feet of the guy in front of me. When we got out of the water, I looked for a clock but didn't see one so I had no idea what the time was.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it was a very relaxed swim and I felt great throughout it.
Transition 1
  • 07m 1s

There was a long run from the water to the change tent, probably 300-400 meters but there was a nice red carpet for us to run on the entire way and it was packed with spectators! Once I got into the tent I was able to quickly get everything done. I had a very nice volunteer who was a great help, he told me that the time of day was 7:58am so I knew my swim time had to have been quick.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 5h 51m 47s
  • 180 kms
  • 30.70 km/hr

It was a pretty uneventful ride for me. I kept an eye on my power to keep it in the 175 range and did an ok job of doing so. The exception being on the steep stuff on the way to Lac Superieur. There were several times were I had to go over 300 just to keep moving. Lots of people standing up and hammering up the hills - I just tried to keep things as smooth as I could. On the fast descents, I kept the power going and re-passed a lot of the people who passed me on the way up. I hit 73.5 km/hr along here somewhere.

At around the 110 km mark I noticed that I was starting to pass more people than were passing me (with the exception of the hill up La Conception). I just stuck to my power and it seemed lots had overdone it early on the bike and were paying for it. The wind also picked up a bit on the second loop but it was never too bad that I was miserable.

AP: 169w
NP: 181w

That gives a VI of 1.07 which isn't that great but with the steepness of the hills I'm not sure I could do much about that.

30 km 55:04 32.69 km/h
90 km 1:56:14 30.97 km/h
120 km 56:58 31.60 km/h
180.2 k 2:03:31 29.24 km/h
Total 5:51:47 30.73 km/h
What would you do differently?:

Maybe ride more short steep hills at home as practice but it went well overall. It certainly didn't feel like I was out there for almost 6 hours.
Transition 2
  • 03m 52s

Handed my bike off to a volunteer and ran to the change tent where another nice volunteer helped me out. Only mistakes I made here were not turning my 305 on as soon as I got in there so it could lock on and putting my run shoes on before changing my shorts (doh).
What would you do differently?:

Turn watch on right away and put shoes on last!
  • 4h 50m 40s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 06m 53s  min/km

During the bike, my calves had cramped a bit on the steep hills and I could feel them pretty early in the run too. My plan was to run between the aid stations for as long as possible. For the first lap I was able to do this with the exception of one steeper hill on the way back. After about 10k my stomach wasn't feeling all that great so I had to stick to just water for a bit and then tried some coke. That worked well for a while until I got a coke that wasn't flat - ugh!

Starting out on the second lap in the hills things were getting rough. I was starting to cramp in my hamstrings a bit and the stomach was still iffy. I did my best to just keep going between aid stations but eventually started doing short walks between them as well. Anytime things went vertical at all my hip flexors were also starting to complain. When I got back to the last 5k or so in the hills, it was really bad. I pretty much had to walk up all of the hills and going back down them was no bargain either.
Overall I'm pretty happy with the run considering I had never run more than 26k in training (or ever). Anytime I walked I made sure I kept a good pace with it and never stopped (except for two porta potty breaks).
About 2km from the finish it started POURING and I got totally soaked and a bit cold. I felt bad for the people who were still headed out on their second lap. It must have been a bit rough being that wet for so long.

21.1 km 2:12:59 6:18/km
31.9 km 1:07:08 6:12/km
42.2 km 1:30:33 8:47/km
Total 4:50:40 6:53/km
What would you do differently?:

Run way more in training. Unfortunately my left knee and hamstring didn't allow for that. Oddly enough, those held up just fine in the race and my right one was worse off.
Post race
Warm down:

It was raining, I found Tab and we went straight back to the hotel. I had a rough night as my stomach shut down after about an hour and I couldn't keep anything down. Any time I moved in bed the room started spinning and I was grabbing for the bucket.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Insufficient run training.

Event comments:

Everything about this race is ideal. Perfect location for spectators, great roads to ride on, lots of accommodations right on site. I don't know how you could make it any better!

Last updated: 2011-06-15 12:00 AM
00:54:02 | 3800 meters | 01m 25s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/260
Overall: 14/2200
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro X2
Course: A single loop of a rectangular course going clockwise
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:01
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
05:51:47 | 180 kms | 30.70 km/hr
Age Group: 0/260
Overall: 0/2200
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Two 90k loops with 3 separate out and back sections. The first out and back was along a divided highway that had been newly repaved and one side was closed to traffic for the bikes. There was one major (to me) climb on this section. A second short out and back through a small town that had lots of spectators and one short grind of a hill that I wasn't expecting as I hadn't driven this section. The third out and back is the tough part. Lots of steep sections where you had to spike the power just to stay upright. Very fast descents on the return.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:50:40 | 42.2 kms | 06m 53s  min/km
Age Group: 0/260
Overall: 0/2200
Performance: Average
Course: Two laps of a mix of road and crushed gravel trail. The first and last 4-5k of each lap had some tough hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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

2012-08-20 5:00 PM

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PEI, Canada
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2012-08-20 5:40 PM
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Well done Arend, Congrats!!!!!
2012-08-20 5:58 PM
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2012-08-20 6:13 PM
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Great job Arend.  Glad you enjoyed yourself.
2012-08-20 6:29 PM
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University Park, MD
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Nice work! And that's a smoking fast swim. Sounds like the drama continued well after the finish line. 
2012-08-20 6:43 PM
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Nice work Arend! Smoking swim!

2012-08-20 9:25 PM
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Payson, AZ
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Awesome job.  Sounds like a well executed race and a killer swim
2012-08-20 9:30 PM
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Congratulations on a great race!
2012-08-21 8:50 AM
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Colorful Colorado
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Solid race -- fantastic swim!
2012-08-21 9:04 AM
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Awesome race!! Congrats!
2012-08-21 9:35 AM
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2012-08-21 9:41 AM
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Melon Presser
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"Everything about this race was ideal" ... including YOU, Mr. Axenspeedyhots, and how you did in it.

14/2200? What are you, a dolphin?

If was as fast as 6 hours, and it didn't feel like it, you executed it above perfection.

Same goes for the run ... it's going to be a beast no matter what, and especially considering you felt your run training was less than ideal, the way you did it and pushed through was beyond ideal.


2012-08-21 10:16 AM
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Olathe, KS
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Congratulations on the fantastic race, especially the swim!  I really love what I'm hearing about IMMT. 
2012-08-21 6:36 PM
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Quebec, Canada
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Awesome race

I wish I could swim that fast!

2012-08-22 1:57 PM
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Virginia Beach
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Congrats and awesome swim time.
2012-08-23 7:32 PM
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way to go man geat report the run was they way you had  to do it nothing wrong with that perfect .

2012-08-27 6:48 PM
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Late to the game here but great job Ironman! Smoking swim!  

I agree about this being an ideal race - what a great day! 

2012-08-28 3:08 PM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Great job Arend!!!  Congrats on a stupendous day!!!


2012-08-28 6:07 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Nicely done & congrats!! 
2012-08-29 8:38 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Great race!  Thanks for the detailed report.  I'm still trying to comprehend the fact that you exited the swim 25 min before I did!!
2012-08-30 6:54 AM
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Northern IL
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Great job!

2012-10-27 12:16 PM
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Crofton, MD
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Congrats on finishing MT.  I am competing next year and I am wondering if the friday night festivities are worth attending.  I would have to work some travel plans to make it happen.


thanks in advance,



2013-01-02 7:46 PM
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Timmins, ON. Canada
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Great Race report!

Passing the pro's must have felt awesome!
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