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Note: Was IronMan Canada, now Challenge Penticton....same course, same distance, and I'm sure same great organization and volunteers.
Race Report Ironman Canada: A great first experience
Short version: The race formerly known as Ironman Canada, now Challenge Penticton, is a fantastic experience. Challenging but do-able course, beautiful area, lots of support. A great choice for first-timers.
Long version: All the details, written with my fellow first-time Iron-People preparing for IM Tahoe and other races firmly in mind!
Conditions were a bit squishy after two previous waves of runners plodded through the Huddart County Park trails. The 17km and the 35km races were the last to take off. Since I was racing the 17km, I would do a large loop around the park with a little out-and-back to skyline at the top.
Basically, I met my stretch goal but was terrible in transition and had very dead legs in the run. As a B-/C+ race it was a great success, but I think I'll blow these results out of the water on 9/23. I'm kind of wordy and a data nerd, so it might be a bit long for you.
Although my first IM was Kona in 1990, since 2010 I've finished Kona, IM Couer de' Alene, IM Canada, IM St. George, IM Lake Placid. IM Arizona, and IM Mt. Tremblant. I'm mentioning these since these are my IM "benchmark" races for the report.:
So most people fly in to Montreal, then rent a car for the 1.5hr drive to the Town of Mt. Tremblant. I suggest renting the car/van with a group, since you really won't need it, except to get back to the airport, and to preview the course. Use TriBike etc.
Here's my race report: http://www.geometer.org/Races/vineman2012/vineman2012.html
Here's my race report:
Yesterday I competed in the San Jose Metro Duathlon, along with several fellow SVTC club members. In the first of the two run segments, I was, for a brief time, in the very lead position of all the 40+ men (see photographs attached). I started on the line next to Pete Kain (the guy to my right in the blue and yellow outfit with Kain on the front), a local endurance athletic legend.