I initially liked the idea of doing Ironman North Carolina (I had spectated for a friend who did it 2016) but that was no longer a full distance race. I nixed Maryland because it has had several years of bad weather. Florida was out because I was afraid of the ocean and didn’t want to get stung by jellyfish.
My biggest fear with doing the Mont Tremblant full Ironman was the course. It’s not easy. The bike course is quite challenging for someone who isn’t a strong biker. I was worried I would have a tough time doing the bike course twice (you do the 70.3 course twice) and being able to run a marathon after.
I was also worried about the weather. I don’t do well in the humidity – and mid-summer racing can be very hit-or-miss for me because of my asthma. If I got a terrible day humidity wise, I could be in for a lot of trouble.
So what was the deciding factor? Well, there were two.
So, I had 13 weeks to train for a race I considered to be insanely challenging with some crazy hills. So what did I do? I found every opportunity I could to bike, and every opportunity I could to bike on hilly courses.
Collingwood Camp (May 18-21)
I started my training with the TTC Collingwood Camp. It’s always a fun weekend with some crazy hills. I planned to ride 40km, 90km, 90km, and maybe 40m.
Stratford Weekend (June 8-10)
Conclusion to The Prelude