And the date couldn't be any more perfect! June 24th! Exactly 8 weeks out from the full Ironman itself.
Talk about doing some 95% car free course recon at race pace. This bad boy won't be a "training day" in my book. Its gonna be a flipping RACE DAY in my book. Go big or go home for this race! 8 weeks is plenty of time to recoup and build back up for the final homestretch leading up the full Ironman in August.
So far the course looks almost identical to the full minus a few changes. Obviously the swim course is only 1.2 miles and the bike course is only one loop, but the way they structured the bike loop is slightly different. They lopped off a bit @ the top by Lac Superior and added a short out and back at the bottom of the course. Who knows why! But as long as the climbing is the same, I'm game.
I am disappointed in the run course though, but I can understand why they did it. Instead of it being just one 13.1 mile loop (which we will have to do twice in the full) it will be two 6.55 mile loops. The reason why, I am guessing, is to cut down on the number of aid stations, which is fine. I was just hoping to finally do a single loop 13.1 mile run in a HIM for once.
Even though I hold a hard stance that a HIM is NOT, I repeat NOT!, a great way to test out your Ironman pacing and nutrition, however! this race will help with the race logistics for the Full Ironman 8 weeks later. Bonus points there. I plan to arrive the same day as the full, and depart the same day as the full. Its like a full race walk through minus doing the entire distance, pacing, and nutrition.
Sooooooo, who is with me?!?! You can sleep, wake up, roll out of bed and stumble, no joke, 10 feet to the swim. Heck, you might be able to jump out of your hotel window right into water! (I don't recommend this)
Think of this race as a practice exam for your future Ironman Mont Tremblant 140.6.
Registration starts Monday September 19th @ Noon EST.