IMCA 2015 race report

IMCA 2015 race report

Ironman Canada 2015. My 3rd Ironman. I cannot understate how beautiful Whistler is in the summertime. For an Ironman venue, Whistler is tied in my mind with Lake Tahoe as the best places in the world to race. Neither course is “easy,” but Ironman isn’t about “easy,” and beautiful scenery makes any course a pleasure. My daughter and I drove up to Whistler on Thursday morning. We met teammate Edytte (also competing), her mom Gail, and boyfriend Jarrad at the hotel in the village that afternoon. The hotel was perfect. Minutes away from Ironman village, T2, and the finish. Here we are pre race. We breezed through check in and had a nice dinner out. Friday and Saturday was spent doing pre race logistics. We biked to T1 (at Alta Lake) and back then did some running on the course. We packed up our gear and special needs bags, hit the athlete meeting, ate some more good food (my first experience with poutine – now that is good stuff) and tried to relax. A few weeks earlier, the area had been hit by some extreme high temps and wildfires. We worried about the race getting cancelled, but fortunately the fires were under control and there had been some rain locally. In fact, race day was looking cool and rainy. Race morning. Alarm at 3:30am. Had coffee and my usual pre-IM breakfast. Doubled checked special needs bags and put on some warm layers. Edytte and I headed to the shuttles at T2 about 4:30am. We had plenty of time at the start to hit the bathrooms (both real and porta...