Ironman Canada Training Week #19 + Whistler Review!

15 Jun

What a week!!! I had big totals! Olympic race! I travelled to and from Whistler! Survived my second camp of the season. Now I know what I am up against!! 6 weeks people! 6 weeks!!!

Sunday: Blue Lake Olympic
I had a great and fun race. Weather was awesome! Gave me a good confidence boost for the upcoming Whistler camp!

Monday: 1 hour spin class + Coach’s core work out: Almost all planks: low, high, side, you name it, I did it!

10 mile bike commute

Tuesday: New masters group: 3900 yards; warmed up; pulling; kick/drills; drop out 50s: each 50 is 1 second less than last! HARD! easy/hard 25s! Great swim. It was fun to see my old peeps from Duniway!

5.19 mile run. Same route as my run experiment. I haven’t done this route since pre-Big Sur. The run started out a little rough but felt really good in the end! I was super excited to get home and learn that I had done this run faster than any other one I have done + It was 20 seconds/mile faster than the fastest one! Hello!! Getting stronger!

Strength work out: walking lunges, squats, push-ups, deadlifts, rows…regular stuff!!

6 mile bike commute

So you know when you go to Hawaii you really want to see sea turtles??!! Well I was going to Whistler and I “kind of” wanted to see a bear!

Wednesday: Travel to Whistler + 30 minute shake out run!!

Thursday: 101 mile IMC bike course: We started from the condo we were staying at. We made our way out to the Callaghan hills. Had an awesome ride! Guess what we saw:
Yes!! That is a black bear! Holy shit! There was a bear on the side of the road!

Definitely my favorite part of the course was the climb up to the top and the descent down. So.Much.Fun!

I worked on my nutrition. I tried to keep my core tight! The ride down to Pemberton was fun. The flats (miles 55-85) are boring. I was by myself. I definitely need to work on keeping engaged. I was mentally tired and really just bored! We met at the out and then on the way back to replenish supplies!


The climb out of Pemberton was not awful but you notice that you have ridden for 80+ miles. It is all about managing your energy and nutrition!

I got back and went for a transition run. It felt relatively good but I knew I was only going 2 miles!! πŸ™‚

Later in the afternoon we went for a swim in Alta. The lake was a little cold but we handled it well!

19 mile ride/12 mile run BRICK We rode out to Alta and around. Here was my second encounter with a bear. This time he walked out into the road as I was approaching. (Of course I thought first how am I going to get my gloves off and phone out of zipped pocket in plastic baggie to get a picture fast enough!!) I slowed way down. HOLY SHIT! I was scared shitless! I couldn’t really pull over because there was no shoulder and it was gravel to my right. Luckily there was a truck behind me and he scared the bear off. I rode as fast as I could to catch up with the group. That put a fire under my saddle and off I went!

I wasn’t super exciting to be going for a run. My legs were on fire. I wasn’t mentally in it but I needed to see the run course. We did one of the loops. It could have gone better but it got done!

Another swim in Alta in the afternoon. It was pouring rain and super choppy. We didn’t swim much but we were in our wetsuits so we thought we should at least get in. We did about 600. Better than nothing!

Saturday: 6.4 mile run. Mixed terrain and an adventure. It was rough to start but fun. Felt pretty good. Just more practice on the course!

Camp was a wrap. We headed home. We went to the wrong border crossing. We literally sat there forever. 2 hours and 47 minutes to be exact! But once we got across we stopped and got cherry limeades!!

I was happy to see the lay of the land. I know what I need to work on for the next 6 weeks! The race is going to be here before we know it! We are starting a recovery week before our last BIG build! It is almost GO TIME!

Do you like to see the course before you race?!

20 Responses to “Ironman Canada Training Week #19 + Whistler Review!”

  1. MoM June 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM #


  2. Heather @ June 16, 2014 at 4:45 AM #

    Your training impresses me week after week! Nothing like a bear to “motivate” you to ride faster…. at least you weren’t running! And of course, the first thing that comes to a bloggers mind is I should get a pic of this, haha. Glad you made it out safe

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM #

      I agree! There was bear poop everywhere! I feel like it was possible that we could see one while running! πŸ™‚

  3. Change of Pace June 16, 2014 at 5:19 AM #

    Such a crazy week! I’m so glad you guys went to Whistler- you sure did do a lot out there!
    Funny you enjoyed the Callahan Hills, as they were the toughest part for me! That’s awesome you saw two bears! I’m happy you saw them on your bike instead of the run πŸ™‚
    Six weeks is going to fly by!!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM #

      I’m glad we went too!! I couldn’t believe we saw the first one and then we saw the second on!! Crazy!! We were a little worried we would see one Saturday morning because we were running super early! πŸ™‚

  4. Kristina June 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    Wow – that is an intense week! I was impressed with your first camp, and now another one – sounds like you are going to be so prepared for your race.

  5. Kecia June 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM #

    AWESOME WEEK!! I definitely love to see the course before I participate in a race…as a matter of fact, I’m in Madison right now since my husband and I rode 85 miles of the IMWI course today. We’ll make another trip up here in late July to ride the full course and hopefully run one loop of the marathon course.

    I’m so glad you got to see the course and a bear πŸ˜‰

  6. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust June 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

    Strong week! I can’t believe you did all of that (100 mile ride!!!) after doing your olympic triathlon. I’m a bit jealous that you get to do these types of training camps with other like-minded people. Looks like such a fun time! For me, it is very important to ride or run the course. I didn’t get a chance to do so at Boise, but fortunately I will be able to ride the course for Lake Stevens 70.3 beforehand. πŸ™‚

    • Kristen @ Glitter and Dust June 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM #

      P.S. I loved the comment from Mom above – bears?

      • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM #

        I think she is just nervous because she is coming up to Whistler to spectate!! πŸ™‚

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM #

      I bet you could find some training partners in Bend or a tri club??
      OHHHH you are going to do LS also…you have caught the bug!!! πŸ™‚

  7. Kristin (@SweatCourage) June 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM #

    Wow 6 weeks, you are so close now! How awesome that you were able to do a training camp on the course… It looks like it was not only a productive few days of training, but a lot of fun in a gorgeous setting. I am in awe of the beauty on that bike course. As someone who is obsessed with mountains, I must say that IM Whistler is on my triathlon bucket list. I feel like you are SO ready for your race and you seem so strong on the bike. I can’t wait to see what the next several weeks of training brings! Oh and waiting at customs looks like it was miserable… At least you got a treat at the end!

    • Kristin (@SweatCourage) June 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM #

      Also p.s seeing bears… Totally crazy!

    • erin June 22, 2014 at 7:03 AM #

      IM Canada is amazing, Kristin! I’m so sad I’m not racing it again this year, so am debating signing up for 2015… you in? πŸ˜‰

  8. erin June 22, 2014 at 7:03 AM #

    Hooray for an awesome camp at Whistler! Serious FOMO over here πŸ™‚ I LOVED the Callaghan climbs and bombing those descents, too! I got up to 46 mph on one! Agreed… the Pemberton flat section is boring and it’s hard to stay present when there’s no climbing. Glad you had a successful camp… you are ready for IM Canada! And, bears! πŸ™‚

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 22, 2014 at 6:37 PM #

      Loved Whistler!! I’m ready and excited to race!! This is the worst part of IM training…these last couple of weeks!! πŸ™‚

  9. Lee@tri*inspired*life June 27, 2014 at 7:09 AM #

    Beautiful photos of the course and yes, I do like to experience the course before race day. You are so lucky that you can. I am doing IM Lake Placid and since I live in NC, I am unable to experience the course during training. Great that you were able to take advantage of your opportunity! Our races are on the same day, so I can relate to being in the final weeks! YIKES!!!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM #

      I’m so jealous that you are doing LP! That is the race we had decided on then logistics got in the way! 😦
      Your first ironman is so exciting! Can’t wait to check out your training!!!

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