The day started at Lake Okanagan at 6am for a 6:10am swim start. After setting up my bike and transition gear, I was in the water for my 500m swim. The morning was very cool (10C) but he lake was relatively warm. After the quick 10min swim, I was out of water, out of my wetsuit and getting ready for my bike ride. Because the temperatures were so cold I put on a vest and arm warmers. Quite a difference from the 35C temperatures of 2 weeks ago.
Once out on my bike and through town, I settled in my long solo ride. Although I was riding with the Impact Coaching group, no one was really at the same level as me so they passed me early in the ride and I was pretty much on my own the whole way. Impact did provide a SAG wagon at a few key locations where I filled up with water and Gatorade but I packed all my own PowerGels and PowerBars.
Early in the ride at McLean Creek to saw a field of deer and then sawy this solo deer standing on the right side of the road. I quickly grabbed my Blackberry and took this picture. Great start to the morning.
The weather never really did warm up. I could see my breath going up Richter Pass and still felt cold at the 80km point of the ride.
I made it back to Penticton 7 hours and 9 minutes and 30 seconds after I left and felt tired but OK to run. I ran for 20mins and still felt good.
After this experience, I am very happy with my training and where my fitness is going into IMC.
I am ready!