Woke up @ 7, met up with Matt and Genine and we did a quick dip in Lake Tremblant. I had convinced myself that the lake was gonna be an ice bath. Hey! Its Canada. Everyone lives in igloos, right? Boy was I wrong (Canadians do NOT live in Igloos)......the lake was WARM, SHALLOW, and CLEAR! Like, super clear that you can see everything below you, and THAT FREAKS ME OUT!!!
|2nd half of the swim|
I was drafting off of Matt for a bit, and he was about three feet in front of me, and I could see his feet SO CLEAR. I don't like to see ANYTHING in front of me in a swim, other than cloudy feet and a swim finish.
Then I hopped onto the bike for 45 mins. I did the out and back stretch up towards Lac Superior, also known as the "hilly section" of the course. I kept riding, looking at my time out there, knowing it was only like 6 miles thinking, "Where the hell is this wall of a hill that is 12%?!?!"
It never came. I went up two stairclimbers, but they were a joke. That elevation profile that showed off the 12% pitch totally got everyone scared for NO reason! Maybe there is a 12% pitch for like 10 feet? I got so confused, but mostly liberated when I got to the turn and was like, "That was nothing! And my legs will be totally revved when I do hit these.:
|Its really not that bad!!!|
Then we hopped into my car and drove the entire course, minus the out and back through the village of Mont Tremblant. Even though the hills aren't as steep, Monte Ryan has a few good ups, but I think the BIGGEST ups and downs are on the 117 section. After Monte Ryan you start to climb and hills are not steep, but a long gradual pitch that will slow you down and make you grind it out. Then you bomb down onto some flats for a good portion.
|That 1.5 mile climb near the halfway mark. (This does not include the out and back of town)|
So I would compare this bike course to Timberman. Maybe a bit more climbing, but somewhat similar. Lots of opportunities to get consistent and stay consistent. Its funny how the course is split between riding between trees on windy roads and short but steep climbs to being out in this wide open vast space with long gradual climbs. Quite a contrast!
I didn't preview any of the run. It will be a blind effort. I figure I have blindly ran enough courses that what's another 13.1?
Here is a smattering of today's photos. Enjoy!!!