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Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
World Triathlon Corporation
65F / 18C
Total Time = 15h 43m 26s
Overall Rank = 2082/
Age Group = 120
Age Group Rank = 520/
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Got up had a bagel and peanut butter and paced while everyone else got up and ready to go.

And I know you are not supposed to compare two races - but I'm gonna.
Event warmup:

Warmup at this race consists of a very short swim.
  • 1h 30m 59s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 23s / 100 meters

2015 my time for the swim 1:30:08

The swim was super choppy. It was a combination of bad weather rolling in (wind) and boats at the far end of the course. I saw people panicking at the turn and it was just a total cluster of bodies. Also with about 3-400 yards to go at the end there were shallow rocks. All I could do to get over them was grab on and pull myself over. Just an odd swim all around.

My sighting was good but my drafting was not. I need to be more aggressive and start further up. I totally got pushed to the back in the start corral (I let myself be pushed back)
What would you do differently?:

Start further up.
Transition 1
  • 10m 48s

The run from the beach to T1 seems to go on forever. I don't think I could have cut much more time off T1.
  • 7h 15m 55s
  • 180 kms
  • 24.78 km/hr

2015 Bike Split 7:16:15

I really wanted to crush it this year.

About 10 miles into the bike, it started to rain. Make that pour. And it did not let up until I got off the bike. My power was actually under my goal so I definitely had more to give but the temperature, rain and the fact that I was WAY over hydrated slowed me down.

On the downhills, the rain felt like pins and needles on my skin - it was really painful. All I could do was clench my teeth and get through it. Speaking of downhills there was a really bad accident in one section. Apparently a downhill rider lost control and went into oncoming bike traffic and took out 2 people. Really scary. After that the RD was on course telling people to slow down.

I wasn't really cold but I could tell if I stopped for any length of time I could see getting the chills. All I wore was a tri top and bike shorts. There were people at the aid stations with space blankets on.
What would you do differently?:

Drink less (and supplement with real food) if it's not hot. I'm not really sure how much I can blam on the weather - but it really did suck.
Transition 2
  • 05m 52s
  • 6h 39m 52s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 09m 29s  min/km

I know my bike and swim times were spot on from 2015 and I knew the run was my shot to really bring it home.

2015 the run had me mentally bugged out before I even got there. I was thinking about it on the bike and was terrified of running 26 miles. This year I worked to get over that and just take it 1 mile at a time.

I got out of t2 and saw my friends and was joking with them and was definitely in a better place than 2015. SO I started my run towards victory.

my pace was a little slower than 2015 but I didn't care. I knew if I could just stay consistent I'd be good to go. And I was doing pretty good - until just before special needs between mile 12 and 13 when my stomach started to hurt. Great. So at that point DH had also caught me - JUST before the split to "finish left, 2nd loop right." He was done. I got to hear "you are an ironman" as I headed out to my 2nd loop. I spent what felt like a few miles figuring out what I was going to do. I decided to bag my gels and go for chicken broth. I figured there are enough calories in that and certainly enough salt especially since it wasn't hot and the sun was setting. So I lived on chicken broth and pretzels which kept my stomach in check enough to finish. People always say on the run course "try the chicken broth." Well you don't understand why until you need it.
What would you do differently?:

I'm bagging gels completely. I don't know if that's what it was or not - but I'm not taking any more chances.
Post race
Warm down:

For the 2nd year in a row I was tackled by my cousin who finished a few hours earlier :) The pictures this year make me look like death - but oh well. I survived. And now I'm a 2x ironman.

Event comments:

The volunteers make this race. DH wants to go back again but I convinced him to hold off (2 years in a row is enough for me for now). Here's to Swtizerland in 2018!!

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Last updated: 2015-09-03 12:00 AM
01:30:59 | 3800 meters | 02m 23s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 1 loop rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 10:48
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
07:15:55 | 180 kms | 24.78 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Not a super hilly course. A long flat highway section with some short punchy climbs.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:52
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:39:52 | 42.2 kms | 09m 29s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: 2 loops, 1 hill getting out of town (hit 4 times) then mostly rail trail.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2016-09-04 12:34 PM

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Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: Ironman Mont-Tremblant

2016-09-07 9:17 AM
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Highland Park, Illinois
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I absolutely love the pic with your bike!
2016-09-07 9:36 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
Subject: RE: Ironman Mont-Tremblant

Congratulations on finishing your second Ironman!  Woo hoo!

Regarding nutrition on the run, that's so difficult to anticipate.  My plan pretty much ends after the first five miles of the run.  From there, I give myself options. It's just all about what I can tolerate at the time.

It's really difficult to compare one year to the next. Conditions affect the event so much!  You did great! 

2016-09-07 12:50 PM
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Wow, two-time ironman! Way to gut it out in tough conditions, it's not fun to have to adjust on the fly especially when you're wet and tired. You did great as Janyne said! 

2016-09-07 2:33 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Originally posted by marysia83

I absolutely love the pic with your bike!

Thanks Kids.

That pic was one of 2,000 or so that Ironman took and put up on their facebook page. It's the best (free) picture I have!!
2016-09-07 5:23 PM
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West Palm Beach
Subject: RE: Ironman Mont-Tremblant

It was indeed a very tough race due to conditions not only on the bike but in the lake. I loved it though, its a beautiful area.

Switzerland IM sounds awesome!

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