Almost Time For Some Canadian Bacon!
Just a few more days to go until its time to get some north of the border at the Calgary Half-Ironman. So far, everything looks good and all my systems are up and running. I’m still killing myself a little this week before tapering. Last night, 60 minutes on the trainer with 3x6min in Zone 5, felt great. Weight wise, I’m at 146, and I think I will probably get rid of another pound or so between now and race day as I go sans beer. Today, I have a ride with the Great Northern Cycles group again. Goal for today is simple: try not to wreck or be hit by a car.
I want to extend a big thank you to Andy Schleck for reminding me that I need to take my bike in for maintenance this week. I feel his pain regarding dropped chains. Thank you also to Contador for reminding me to watch out for assholes on bicycles.
I’ve just started going over the logistics of the race, and its daunting to say the least. Looks like they have us all over Calgary for this thing, and making heads and tails of it is like trying to decipher the bathroom graffiti in a Chinese bar. Will take some super anal retentive planning on my part.
I have received some initial intel from my Canadian teammates. Looks like the swim is going to be on the chilly side at around 60 this year. The gas contamination of the water that caused so many to be sick last year may still be a problem too. I think BP is sponsoring the swim. Here’s what the swim course looks like.
As for the bike, its reported to have good pavement through most of it. With the course profile, its a good thing my bike is rigged up for climbing. I’m taking a 50/34 up front and 12-27 in the back.
Plenty of things to do between now and then. Stay tuned!