The 2013 Ironman Canada in Whistler on Sunday, August 25 will be my fourth Ironman start line and the second of the summer.
We celebrated our finish and enjoyed a week of recovery and spare time!
I struggled through the first couple weeks of July and debated numerous times whether or not I should partake in Ironman Canada.
In the end, despite my screaming legs, I decided to persevere for a few reasons: I’m stubborn, I want to test myself, these races are expensive, and I truthfully don’t know the next time I’ll sign up for an iron distance triathlon.
I had a bit more time for training once Kelly decided not to participate. I tried to focus on the bike, which is my weakest discipline. I even got in a few hill repeat sessions, which I haven’t done before.
I definitely fell off the yoga bandwagon but tried to roll and stretch often.
My two favourite training sessions of this journey were on our trip to Jasper: my bike up Maligne Lake Road and peaceful, morning trail run.
I took extra days off when I needed them, shortened workouts when I needed to, but felt like the sessions I did have were more focused.
It has again been a journey with unique challenges. I leave for Whistler tomorrow and plan to arrive sometime on Thursday.
I hope to meet Alison, who so kindly sent me info on the area and the course.
Although it’ll be a very different experience without my favourite training and racing partner, Kelly’s sister Alicia will be in the race so I know I won’t be out there alone!
We’ll also have the support of my parents, my in-laws, Alicia’s husband, and her in-laws!
Once again, I go into this race having no idea what to expect. I know it’ll be a challenging but beautiful course, but my legs seriously tire quickly.
I want to have fun, regardless of how long the bike takes me or how exhausted I am on the run. I want to take it all in- the crowds, the other participants, and the town of Whistler. Most importantly, I want to cross that finish line and get there with a smile on my face.
Then I’m looking forward to meeting Kelly and Harold in Jasper for five days of relaxation and lots of s’mores!
Is anyone else racing this weekend?
Do you make goals for each race?