Oliver :: Mini Training Camp

I have always enjoyed the city of Penticton but I’m getting increasingly frustrated with trying to book weekends and events there.  Once again I try to come into town and get a good solid weekend in and get let down by not one but all the campsites in the city.  I was leaving right after work on Friday and was going to arrive just a touch after 10.  I called ahead to see if there were any sites that didn’t have an issue with this, after calling three sites, I got told no.  Two close at 10 and another at 8.  I got so upset with this that I just blew off Penticton completely and headed to one of my favorite spots in Oliver, where I stayed for my half ironman.  Once again Lakeside Resort pulls through for me with no issues at all,  and in the end works out to be a great place for a training camp.  Maybe that’s why there is a half iron race there…

Oliver is a mere 20 minutes outside of Ok Falls or Osoyoos, depending on which way you go.  Both cities have the Ironman Canada bike course going right through and OK falls is were the run turn around is.  So I loaded up the creeper and headed to Oliver.

Got in just before ten, had a shower and got ready for my 165km bike starting from Oliver. (shortened the ride, took the rip through Penticton out…)   Got up around 8 and finished up my ride around 2, threw on my runners and did one loop of the half iron course to finish my Saturday.   Sunday was a quick dip in  Tuc-el-Nuit Lake were the swim of the Oliver race took place, with a quick drive to OK Falls for a long run.  A reverse route of the Ironman run route.  I started at the turn around and then came back once I hit Penticton for a out back of 25kms.  Once the run was done, I jumped in the lake to get the salt off and cool the legs down for a 4 hour drive home.  All around solid weekend with about 10 hours of training in two days.

After moving my whole training to Oliver, I actually feel that Oliver is probably the best option for a  quick training weekend.  Laid back, less restrictions on all the bullshit and its tough to beat the setting of the Lakeside resort.  35 bux a night, with nice bathrooms and showers, lake front fire pits, store close by, and a nice quite setting.  Here is there facebook page for more info.

Getting ready for two races this weekend  quick open water swim on Friday in Port Moody with another half ironman in Vancouver on Sunday

some shots from the Saturday night after training.

just up from the campsite

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Lake for the Oilver halfiron, campsite just to the right.

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