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Going shopping (Sara Krenosky)
4 Observations on Tremblant 70.3 (Steve Outhouse)
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|2. 4 OBSERVATIONS ON TREMBLANT 70.3|
| ||Steve Outhouse (Race Reports)|
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Like many in the Ottawa area, I took part in the Tremblant 70.3 a few weeks ago, and enjoyed the day. I'm not qualified to give anyone advice on how to go faster or how to climb the rankings ladder. Instead, I thought I'd jot down a few observations I noted about the experience.
1) The "Expo" Effect.
The Ironman merch tent and related expo are scientifically designed to take as much of your hard-earned money as possible. If you want to save a mortgage payment, leave your credit card back at the hotel, or even better, cut it up and sprinkle it on the water of the swim course, like spreading the cremated ashes of a loved one.
This may seem extreme, but this extra step will help you avoid awkward conversations with your spouse or anyone else with whom you share a financial interest. See Observation 2.
2) "Don't try anything new on race day!"
I've been looking to buy a helmet with a visor for a while, and I got the spousal green light to purchase one at Christmas. Of course, I didn't find "the right one" until the Ironman Expo. (See Observation 1.)
Reaction was mixed: my daughter (correctly) pointed out I looked like a bug, and my wife (also correctly) pointed out that the green light didn't exactly shine bright enough to cover this cost.
Wearing the helmet on bike course was the first time I had worn it longer than trying it on at the Expo and leaving it on long enough for my daughter to come up with the bug comment.
The visor was great, and the helmet will be awesome over time, but there were definitely tweaks needed, and the bridge of my nose isn't accustomed to being so sore after a bike ride.
3) Expensive stuff is not immune to gravity.
I'm a middle-of-the-pack age grouper, so by the time I was on the bike I had the chance to do a bit of a study on what debris was on the bike course.
The one that jumped out at me: expensive-looking visors that attached to expensive, bug-like aero helmets. (See Observation 2, in case you've already forgotten why this would cause me some mild anxiety...)
I needed to wipe sweat from near my eyes several times during the bike, and as I tried to fit my finger up under my new visor, I realized how tight the seal was, and if I forced it, I'd likely pop off my magnetic visor.
I saw about four of these visors along the road.
Expensive, front-mount hydration systems were also along the highway in significant numbers. It was like racers were tossing them aside like they were $2 Gatorade bottles, except they cost about 5000% more.
Lesson learned: gravity doesn't seem to care how much I paid for anything...it just wants to grab it and wrestle it to the ground.
Note to future self: check rule book to see if it's legal to ride the course with paniers on my bike, salvaging these items. You might be able to recover your entry fee in visors and X-Lab bottles.
4) Food coaching.
Note to coaches: there appears to be an untapped market in teaching people how to eat on the bike. There were sections of the bike course where I honestly was sad because I assumed I missed the fun of a good ol' fashioned food fight.
Gels, full packs of blocks, bananas that clearly weren't finished...these simple carbs could have fueled a small town for an entire year.
Just as I was feeling a little too much pride on how well I was eating on the bike, I watched as a Clif Block cascaded out of the package, hit the ground, and disappeared in the distance behind me.
I still think that one dropped block is what's to blame for me not being on the podium...and not my cumulative swim, bike and run times.
Overall, it was a fun day out on the course, and I'm glad to have done the course twice now for the 70.3.
I'll go back again in August to attempt my first full Ironman...which, of course, means I will be tempted by a brand new selection of swag and clothing in the Ironman Merch Tent.
That puts me back to Observation 1, and starts the cycle all over again...
Adam Says: Great report, Steve! Thanks for taking the time.