It’s Ironman Louisville Race week, which is a chance to look back on the training that got me here. My prep for Louisville included the strongest 4 weeks block of training I think I’ve ever done. I trained for 71-hours, I ran almost 300k, swam about 46,000m and did 3 IM sim rides on the trainer. I was consistent, I hit my key sessions, and I worked out some nutrition problems. I’m really excited to see how I do at IMLou on Sunday. You can find (almost) all the workouts I do on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576/training/log
This past week I had a nutrition breakthrough, and it was salt. I know, I know, how is this a breakthrough? Well, I had never given any consideration to salt, nor had I taken a salt pill before this past week. I didn’t even know about salt pills when I started, and once I learned of them I figured I hadn’t used them to that point, so ‘if it aint broke dont fit it’. Well at Ironman Mont Tremblant it broke, and I learned one big difference in that race from previous races is that they used Gatorade and not Gatorade Endurance (which has more sodium). All of this is to say, my takeaway from this that could be helpful is just because something seems to be alright doesn’t mean it’s the best – don’t be afraid to experiment with your training and nutrition to see if a ‘better’ exists.
Sunday was race day at Ironman Mont Tremblant. It was a day that went so well, until it didn’t. I had a good swim, worked my way up to 4th with the 3rd fastest bike split, and was holding onto 4th until things unravelled around 30k into my run. I was ultimately stopped and checked by the on course medics, and was allowed to finish provided I walked it in. I had high hopes of this race, so the result was disappointing, but I will learn from this to be better next time. I want to say thanks to the other athletes that ran by me when I was struggling and asked if I was alright, and also to the on course medical who kept an eye on me.
Thursday in IMMT: https://youtu.be/keOfm3S2KOo
Friday in IMMT: https://youtu.be/CysaTzTgWs8
Saturday in IMMT: https://youtu.be/Fht1I_T6jnk
I show you what the day before an Ironman look like for me and give my thoughts on tomorrow’s race. I also speak to my very generous home stay hosts Valerie & Danny about what Ironman Mont Tremblant means to the local community.
Today at Ironman Mont Tremblant I check out the coffee boat (1:22), and talked to Jordan Monnink (2:02), Brooke Brown (3:11), Anne Marie Hospod (5:34), and Janet Carey (8:04) about the race on Sunday.
Thursday in Mont Tremblant was a busy day with a couple workouts, checking-in to the race, and strolling around the expo. I had a chance to speak with Skechers Performance, STAC Performance, Naak, and D’Ornellas. Also, I talked to Alex VanderLinden, 70.3 specialist, about his Ironman debut, and Matthew Shanks who is doing his 15th Ironman race and aiming for a top 10.