Last week Ironman announced Whistler as the new venue for Ironman Canada. Out of the three final locations—Whistler, BC; Kelowna, BC; and Huntsville, Ont.— Whistler was a dynamite choice!
Whistler is an outdoor mecca and was host to many events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s a small village that will, in my opinion, be an awesome host town!
The race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, which is the same date at Challenge Penticton.
The 2.4 mile/3.8 km swim is two loops in Alta Lake. The 112 mile/180 km bike is one loop that apparently is comparable in difficulty to the old Ironman Canada bike course. The run course is two loops, which I love for the extra boost you get running by spectators.
As soon as I read about the race I looked up hotels. We ended up booking an awesome room for a decent price. I looked a couple days later and the prices went up already. (If you’re planning on doing an Ironman, book a hotel as soon as you find out you’re doing it!)
Thankfully we got pre-registration since we competed in Ironman Canada this summer. General registration opens on Thursday, and I have a feeling it will sell out fast!
They’re offering 100 spots to Kona and a $75,000 pro purse. Hopefully it’ll draw some exciting pros, too!
We’ve only completed two Ironman races—Arizona in 2010 and Canada in 2012—and I had very different recoveries for both. We’re now signed up for Coeur D’Alene at the end of June and Canada at the end of August.
I’m going to have to be really smart about training and recovery. Here’s to a healthy year! (I’m going to be knocking on wood a lot!)
Are you signed up for an races? Or do you have any on your list for next year?