The girls started early and got in six or so miles before I met up with them to rack up ten myself. We were having a great run and all was going swimmingly until we got caught in what I would say was Edmonton's worst out-of-nowhere hailstorm yet this summer. I only wish we had cameras on us because between three girls and three pups, we were quite the sight! In fact, I am still laughing about the extent we went to in order to protect the dogs, so maybe a mock photo is necessary!
The tour began in Morinville, a town north of Edmonton, and meandered us all around the countryside. As you can see, the views were just terrible. And major props to the organizing committee who put together this outstanding course map - one of the best I've ever seen!
And then this happened.
Just three hours away, it will be great to use this race as another extension of training for my big race day. The bike course features lots of hills - one of the toughest parts of Ironman Canada - and I know some distance off a hilly bike course for my legs will be a good test. So while I'm not going to completely slack off during the race, I am going to be smart and focus on working some things out for Ironman Canada. Plus, a ton of my friends are going and so it will be super fun!
And on that note, I'm off for a run in the river valley! T-5 weeks until showtime!