OK. Here we go. Names have been submitted to the lottery and now we wait. For what?? Italy, trail running, 336 km, 7 days, 25 mountain passes, 24,000m elevation gain and descent (2.5x up and down Everest), day & night (ahhh not much sleep at all), mental fortitude, and tons of training! The race: Tor des Geants (www.tordesgeants.it/en)
I took 2013 off from races after completing three consecutive Penticton Ironman events. I decided to spend a year off of the roads and get out into nature more. I did some fun stuff: mountain biked in Peru, kayaked in the Broken Group Islands, snowshoe’d and camped at Garibaldi Lake, snowboarded in Whistler, and did many other smaller hikes and runs in the North Shore mountains. I also set the second half of 2013 to work on my mobility—to learn more about my body and how I can move better and set up a routine to facilitate this. I intend on staying active until the day I die, so mobility will be a big factor when I’m 90+ !!! (one goal is to do the Grouse grind at 85 years old) So 2014 I needed to re-up with a big physical goal and I got wind of this race. My fiance Kate and I trained together for my last Ironman so I pitched it to her (easy sale !) as something we could train and do together. Maybe a honeymoon of sorts as we will be getting married in April?
The next step is finding out if we are in (if not I have some big back up races) and hiring a coach to help facilitate the different aspects of training for this thing. Long low HR aerobic training, sleep training, eating….. seven months to prepare. I am thinking positively that we will get in so stay tuned to this blog for my once monthly posts—the ups / downs, lessons, fun, science and of course some photos!