2013 Ironman Whistler

The third week in August was Ironman Canada.  After 30 years in Penticton the race moved to Whistler, B.C.  Whistler turned out to be an awesome venue location, the Village Stroll is always in party mode, there is tons of things for everyone to do while there, and its not too big to get lost or find your way.

A pre-Ironman training triathlon and social, Sproat Lake.

A pre-Ironman training triathlon and social, Sproat Lake.

When the Canada Ironman moved to Whistler from Pemberton, seven of us from Port Alberni decided to sign up.  Rod Mitchell, Russ Kristensen, Gary Sutton, Dave Paruk, April Eryou, Colin Banks, and myself-David Gilbert.

Ironman?

Ironman?

When we arrived in Whistler we saw the Lulu lemon people were a little confused on what ‘Ironman’ was about to happen!

Jackie and Dave preriding the marathon course.

Jackie and Dave preriding the marathon course.

Jeanie and Margi out for some fun

Jeanie and Margi out for some fun

Swim start, Alta Lake.

Swim start, Alta Lake.

The four km swim portion was in Alta Lake, it was warm and clear.  2700 starters, mass start.  Welcome to Ironman!

April zipping through the Swim to bike transition.

April zipping through the Swim to bike transition.

The 180 km cycle portion went South and up to the Olympic ski jumping site, then North through Pemberton to the end of the pavement on Pemberton flats and returned to Whistler.

Gary

Gary

IronQuad Rod

IronQuad Rod

Dave

Dave

Colin stopping to text?

Colin stopping to text?

April

April

Whistler Ironman run was 42 km through their bike paths, and they are about 75% shaded which is a real benefit.

Local hazards!

Local hazards!

Rod using knee issues as an excuse for slowing down...

Rod using knee issues as an excuse for slowing down…

Dave's outfit is easy to spot!

Dave’s outfit is easy to spot!

Gary tearing up the marathon course!

Gary tearing up the marathon course!

Russ Finishing!

Russ Finishing!

Gary finishing!

Gary finishing!

April after a long day racing!

April after a long day racing!

Russ and Margi

Russ and Margi

IRONMAN DONE!

IRONMAN DONE!

We all appreciated the support from Dave Paruk.  Dave had been hit by a car while training and could not race.  Dave and his family showed up at Whistler to cheer us on and it was great to see them on the marathon course.  Also a big thanks to everyone who donated pics for this post.

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  1. #1 by Carly Evans on August 8, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Awesome photos. I went snowboarding in Whistler and fell in love with the city and the drive to the city (I flew into Vancouver). Anyway, this would be my dream location to participate in my 1st Ironman. Here is the catch, I am from Florida; yes the flat inferno. Am I crazy to tri (haha, get it) to attempt this Ironman?

    • #2 by davidjgilbert on August 8, 2014 - 10:33 pm

      Hmmm, Florida is FLAT, and IM Whistler is the British Columbia Coast Range Mountains. Go big or Go Home! Its actually very doable for you; have lots of gear, I use 12-29 Campy. Use a heartrate monitor and keep BELOW your lactate threshold by using your lower gears and spinning 90-110- rpm. If you climb with slow revolutions you will accumulate too much lactic acid and blow up hours before the finish. Do repeats in big gears into the wind there for for training EVERY week from now till your IM, we climb mountains here…And have fun!

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