Monday, May 14, 2007

Ironman Training Camp Day 2

We were able to sleep in as our first activity today was starting at 9 am, so I slept in till 7 and got dressed and me and my roomie went down for our free breakfast. I skipped the sausage this time and think it was a good idea, too greasy for exercise.

After breakfast and getting cycling gear on we all met out front at 8:45 for our 9 am departure, we rode the 10 miles from the hotel (in Post Falls) to Coeur d'Alene which took about 42 minutes or so, this whole ride was supposed to be a recovery ride from yesterdays big day.

We stopped at City Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene and I must say this whole place is very nice, it is going to be a great event.

We set out on an easy group ride of the whole bike course, all 56 miles of it.

The first section is an out and back along Lake Coeur d'Alene and the views and road are great, not a lot of climbing through here, but there were a couple smallish ups and downs. This road is a dead end and we go to the end, the road is closed during the event. Our support vehicle met us at the turn around and we all ate and drank some snacks and such.

Our guide got a flat on this section back to CDA, he got in the support vehicle while we rode into CDA and once in CDA we made a quick stop at the bike store to fix our guides flat.

We rode north from here towards Hayden Lake through some beautiful neighborhoods and some busy shopping areas, but once past downtown Hayden lake we made our way around the north west side of Hayden Lake itself and this is where it started to get a little hilly, nothing to bad at all, but lots of hills, more rollers as once you got to the top it was a quick down and then it seemed like on another climb. We made another support stop and then more rollers.

The route works itself around to a turn around near highway 95 and then back the way we came to a point, they throw one extra loop in to get some more hills (or miles probably) and instead of riding past Hayden Lake, we head more directly into the city of Hayden Lake.

We made it back to City Park in downtown CDA and then back on the centennial trail back to the hotel. The one loop was 54.84 miles (we did skip one little out and back along Northwest Road which is very very busy and will be closed on race day) in 3:30, my watch measured about 882 feet of climbing on the one loop and we do it twice in the race, so not too bad at all.

This ride was supposed to be done and back at the hotel by about 1, we got back at 3, our hill repeats were supposed to start at 3. Everyone is eating now and I made myself a sandwich in the room and will go see what we are doing next...

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