Race week has arrived! It is hard to believe that Ironman 70.3 St. George is on Saturday…!
At the end of April I headed west to Kelowna to see my mom and dad and get in some quality training. There is no shortage of hills out there and I knew that would help to prepare me for some of the epic climbing on the St. George course.
Riding through Kelowna was really nice. A lot of the roads have cycle lanes and I also wound up riding along some very quiet roads past orchards, vineyards and horses.
Strava was instrumental in helping me find places to ride. I’m not very familiar with the roads in Kelowna and the road network isn’t necessarily intuitively laid out (and you don’t just get on one road and keep riding). I was able to create a course in Garmin Connect, save it to my Garmin Edge 810 and follow a map.
Over 4,000 feet of climbing on one ride…not bad!
I ran as many hills as I could find while I was out there too. My runs felt like they either went up or down, there was very little flat. Running among vineyards sure made for some beautiful scenery.
And running up the top of mountains felt pretty rewarding.
The views were pretty stunning.
My big takeaway from the week of training in Kelowna is that I am strong and ready for this race. The trick is for me to be patient and steady on the hills.
Now I am probably more nervous about flying with my bike over anything else at the moment!
Have you raced St. George before? Do you have any words of wisdom to share for race day?