The week leading up to a race is always exciting. There were lots of nerves and some questioning of my readiness, but mostly excitement for my first Ottawa Race Weekend! It wasn't an "A" race, so I didn't really rest or taper for the run, but I wanted to do my best. The race ended up going really well too, so I was happy!
Monday: It was supposed to be a rest day, but with the long weekend and an extra day to enjoy Mont Tremblant, I couldn't resist hopping on my bike to hit the 5i50 course and meet Duplessis for the first time. There were a few moments where I questioned my sanity at having signed up to "race" on this course, with the lovely uphill way out to complete twice during the race. It was not fun. However, what goes up, must come down! I'm glad to have had a chance to see
Tuesday: An early swim, but I wasn't feeling well, so I hopped out after 3300m. We did a set of 100s and 50s fast with lots of rest. In the evening, I decided to skip my 45 minute spin on the bike in order to rest and prep some healthy meals for the week.
Wednesday: Last speed work session before the 10k race - 3x1k at 10k pace with a minute rest, then 4x400 at 1500-3k pace with 2 minutes rest. The workout went well and it was a beautiful night for a run! My new Road ID came in the mail too! I added the "Believe" charm as a reminder to believe in myself and believe in my training.
Thursday: A super easy ride with my buddy Erik in Gatineau Park (23 miles) up to the Champlain Lookout. The instructions were to not try at all on the hills (and it's all uphill on the way out), so we were able to have a nice chat during the ride.
Friday: A shakeout run before Saturday's race. Shakeout runs always feel like garbage, but I'm learning not to worry about that at all!
Saturday: Race day! Stay tuned for a full recap in the next few days!
Sunday: Another day of riding in Mont Tremblant. This time we were out for 2.5 hours and rode almost 70k. It is so pretty in the region around Mont Tremblant, and we were rewarded for our effort with beautiful scenery.