Wow, it all seems really REAL now... The Impact Multisport supported 180km ride in Penticton is on Saturday. If you are in the area, come out and cheer me on. No, it is not race day but I could use all the support I can get.
This is what I received from my coach regarding the ride. Serious stuff.
For those of you doing Ironman Canada, you have a 180km supported ride on your program this Saturday. For most, there will be a swim beforehand, and the Transition from swim to bike should be short. We will provide bike racks (and will transport your ‘wet-gear’ bags for later pickup) for your quick transition to the ride portion.
Re: Support – We will provide most of what is available at the Ironman Aid Stations:
Bananas, Cookies, Gatorade, Water, Ice, Gels (Hammergels), gummi bears and jelly beans in 25g (carb) servings. Although not available on race day, we will provide cold Coke after 120k (as if you were to have it in your special needs bag, on race day).
In addition, we will have a supply of sunscreen, Vaseline, Tylenol, Advil, first aid supplies and bike spares/wheels etc.
Recovery nutrition will also be supplied.
There will be at least 3 vehicles + additional support. We will also transport your special needs bags to the appropriate location on the bike course, so you can practice exact nutrition plan, for race day. We will give you the best possible opportunity to maintain momentum during the ride, to simulate your race-day ride.
Please not that we will not be providing aid stations every 16-18k (10 miles) as in Ironman so you will need have the ability to carry enough fluids/fuel on your bike, for up to 2 hours. As a minimum, there aid stations at the following locations (approx):
#1 Between Oliver & Osoyoos (approx 50k)
#2 Top of Richter Pass (approx 75k)
#3 Out/Back Turnaround (approx 120k)
#4 Top of Yellow Lake Climb (approx 150k)
#5 Impact Centre (180k before running).
#6 Impact Centre - Recovery Nutrition Provided.