Skip to main content

Vegas Baby!

And we are off! After my last minute packing and a 2000m swim with The SAA this morning, we packed up the vehicle and headed for Bellingham International Airport (BLI). Nothing of note to report when crossing the border. Nexus still rocks.

Alaska Airlines is my airline of choice and they have not disappointed me when travelling with my bike. They have a very reasonable fee of $50 for bikes and I have even been lucky enough to only pay $20 more than once.

On the flight to Las Vegas (LAS) I read over the race package schedule of events and race details. The initial plan was to drive to St. George, UT on Friday. I wanted to swim in Sandy Hollow Reservoir, drive the bike course, ride my bike before checking it in, pick up my race package, and attend the pre race meeting. Factoring in the 2 hour drive from Las Vegas to St.George and a 1 hour time difference (lose an hour), I started to realize that this might not all be possible in one day.

The new plan is to drive to St. George tomorrow (Thursday), pick up my race package, swim at Sandy Hollow, drive the bike course and ride a bit of it, then drive back to Las Vegas in the afternoon. In hindsight, I should have booked a hotel in St. George for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night instead of just Friday and Saturday night. At least the drive to St. George is direct and not too challenging of a drive.

Today is my first official day as a Powered by Chocolate Milk Ambassador. I was very honoured to be asked and extremely impressed with the program. Living in a household that LOVES chocolate milk, the partnership is perfect.

First order of business was unpacking and building my bike. Now that is done, I will sleep easy.


Popular posts from this blog

April Fools 1/2 Marathon Plus 15km cool down

After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt.  I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time.  It never fails to be hilly and hard.   Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park.  I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'.   I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a  piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west.   I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills.  That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes.   After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver.  Reward:  White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.  

|ronman Canada Race Report - Part 6 (Final Report but just the beginning)

Run – 42.2kms – 5:11:09 The run was slow and basically went as planned. The first 3kms of the run are in and around the finish line. When I was at about the 2km mark, I could hear Jordon Rapp, the race winner giving his victory interview with Steve King. How crazy is that??!! I have 40kms to go on the run and the winner has finished. As I headed out of town and down Main Street I saw and her husband Erik cheering me on. Not more than 50 feet later I saw and her husband. I was running slowly but had a smile on my face and felt pretty good. I was not really concerned about the distance I had to cover still. I was pretty excited that I had now finished the swim and the bike and was now on the run. It was like being in a dream how quickly the time had passed during the day. Around 9kms into the run I started to feel the distinct tightness of my right IT Band. I had ITB 10 years ago when I first started to run marathons

Victoria Half Iron Race Report

As many of you have already heard on Twitter, I ROCKED the Victoria Half Iron on Sunday June 21, 2009. Check out my race photos here . Did I win the race? No Did I place in my age group? No Did I finish in the top half of my age group? No, still secure as a below average age grouper Did I finish the swim faster than the top 2 women finishers? YES! Did I feel GREAT in the WHOLE race? YES! Was all the training worth it? H*LL YAH ! Am I confident that I am well on my way to a great Ironman Canada? YES! Ok , here is how it all unfolded... Thursday June 18 th I spoke with Coach Kevin on the phone to review my nutrition plan for the race as well as pre -race. After some fancy calculations, this was what we decided on: Bike Nutrition - estimated 3:30 hour bike time 16oz of Orange GU2O and 3 Shot Bloks per hour (spread out throughout the hour for hour 1 and hour 2) 16oz of Gatorade and 1 shot block for the last hour 500ml of water in my Aero Bottle I only have 2 water bottle