::Ironman CDA 2013::
The weather leading into the race had everyone worried, but for some reason the weather turned for about 40-50 hours to let everyone do what they needed to do. Of course the day after and for some of those midnight finishers the rain returned.
(photo above is almost right at the spot of a no pass zone…there was a man lying getting medical attention after what looked like a pretty good crash when I was coming in off my first loop.)
I have to say this race was great, great venue and support. Couer D’ alene and everyone involved did a super job and would have to say I’ll probably be back.
I was hoping for a faster day, with numbers in the 9:30- low 9:40’s which I think am more then capable to do, but my bike performance wasnt quite what I was hoping for. Solid day all around with my swim time about were I wanted and a bike and run about 5 minutes a piece off what I can do. I think next year I will adjust my gearing and also a little more focus on climbing. Fueling was bang on for the bike with almost all calories coming from EFS in one 3/4 bottle and then on the run I believe a bit too much caffeine which lead to some very tight quads. Downed about 5 gels total- throwing one down every 4 miles. That last one was tough to choke down!
I love the course and everyone that came to watch loved how much involved they were in a loop course. I’ve done a few different races over the years but as far as general set up and course layouts, this is top notch. Double loops on everything help with some of those dark times you get out on those big loops in Penticton. I also like the people and how laid back everyone was, I have to call out the old Ironman Canada on how frustrating it was to get around and pick things up. Not to mention lineups for everything. In Couer D’alene, I dont think I had a line up once…Not at sign up, body marking, bike drop off, bike pick up, or the merch tent… ( i believe I had to wait for everything at IMC ever year!)
I stayed at Blackwell Island campground which was about 3 miles from the start, with the bike route going right by it.