Well, I finished Ironman Canada yesterday at 13:32, my slowest finish, ever. 2013 has been a very difficult year. I did not do the training required. My longest run was a single 15 mile run five weeks ago. I crashed hard on the bike in June and haven’t been able to ride or swim due to a bad wrist injury. However, I was convinced I needed to get to the start line and finish. And that’s what I did.
The swim venue is amazing and the swim went well. Pro tip: swim on the inside of the sighting lines for this one between the turns. Lots of open water there.
The bike was brutal. I was on target to do a 6 hour bike split through the first half of the bike. I was pacing. But in Pemberton the course presents a 30-35 mile time trial pure flat course. There was lots of drafting going on. No wonder. The flat is a massive trap. I over worked here and came to the climb at mile 90 a bit tapped. Then there’s the 30K climb from Pemberton back to Whistler which is a killer. That shattered me.
Here I am coming in from the bike. Happy. I couldn’t wait to start the run, that’s how tough the bike was on this course.
I was able to run on the course and was basically happy with my performance considering my lack of training. I wore my Hokas on the course and appreciated how they kept me from experiencing extreme pain toward the end of the marathon.
I will publish my Garmin files for altitude changes on the course when I get back to the bay area later this week.
Here’s a picture from the top of the 680 trail near my house. It’s a magical place.
Starting up, again.