Summer in brief – Victory in Mont-Tremblant
September 5, 2013 by Sam
Lots of work, lots of travel and lots of training doesn’t leave that much time for blogging! Anyway, summer is almost over and it was a great season overall. First of all, I’d like to express lots of gratitude toward all people who have been very supportive this season: my girlfriend Karen, family, friends and gear and nutrition sponsors! The latter I will put in the spotlight during the weeks leading up to the important race this year. First a little recap!
Tri des lacs 1/2 IM distance – Troyes (June 1st): this was the first triathlon of the season, perfectly organized by TOS, my French club. IT was also my first open water swim and more or less my first outdoor bike ride of the year. I had some trouble during the 3k swim as the water was freezing (most triathlons in that timeframe were changed in duathlons due to a crazily cold spring) but managed to get in T1. A solid bike and run got me in 18th place in a strong field.
Epic Dartmouth (June 30th): a local race in the Halifax area. I registered for the ‘Epic team relay’ where I had to swim 3.8k and bike 180k and my girlfriend Karen would do the 21k run. The week before the race it didn’t stop pouring rain nor did it on race day. Anyway, I swam again without drowning and biked the 180k in 4h44′ without pushing too hard which gave Karen a comfy lead in the run. She finished it off well and we won the event.
Belgian championship LD Eupen (August 4th): since the race was sold out for individuals we registered as a team. With Jan Syryn as swimmer and Frederik Sleutel as runner winning the relay was the only option. We did as expected: everybody did a strong leg and we earned a basket with beer and cookies 😉 Biking went very well during this event for me: despite of coming from a high volume training week and biking conservatively (the pavement there is more suited for Xterra) I had my best bike split ever on the hilly course in Eupen!
Ironman Mt-Tremblant (August 18th): I registered for this race just for fun last year (I didn’t expect to race in Kona) since my girlfriend’s brother also registered and we planned this as some kind of family holiday. It is a nice event in a nice setting. The bike course has some hills but is not too challenging. The run course is tough and I took it very easy in the 2nd lap and on al descents. Despite missing the entry of T2 and losing 8 minutes by biking 5k extra, I finished 1st overall in the agegroup field. I was very happy with both bike and run performances during this race. It really felt very comfortable all the time, so if I can add that bit extra for Kona, I should have an ok race on that little island.
To be continued!
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