Hello from Mont Tremblant!

Well, I'm about a week late on this post due to a very slow internet connection in our IMMT rental home combined with looking after and helping 7 Trimarni athletes (+1 former Trimarni athlete) who raced Ironman Mont Tremblant. 

As we pack our bags and say good-bye to this beautiful, cute, triathlon-supporting town within Qu├ębec, Canada, we can look back on race day and confidently say that all our athletes had a very successful race.....despite 9+ hours of rain. 

All of the Trimarni athletes accomplished what they came here to do.....
Finish Ironman Mont Tremblant. 

There was a lot of determination, focus, grit, hard work and perseverance out on the race course for 140.6 miles. With rough waters during the swim, pouring rain and cool weather temps on the bike and on and off rain during the rain, alongside a challenging bike and run course which can to be difficult to master in terms of pacing and execution, we could not be more proud of our athletes.
And for me, as a spectator in Mont Tremblant, I absolutely loved watching my athletes in action.

I'll be sharing more about the race, including Karel's race recap of the race, but for now, I will leave you with the exciting news that Karel is heading to Kona for the 2nd year in a row after placing 2nd in the 40-44 age group.

This all comes just 8 weeks after a PR race at IM Austria (9:13, 9th place).
Now Karel gets to do this all again in 6 weeks in Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship.

What it looks like to dig deep and run the fastest amateur male run split of the day. 

Here are a few pictures (in no particular order) from the race to show our amazing athletes in action.
Despite the suffering, there was no shortage of smiles on the faces of the Trimarni athletes!

Adam on the bike

Adam on the run - on his way to run a 3:43 PR marathon

Go Adam!

Adam finishing

Next day celebrating. 

Post race celebrating

Freddy - run for the beer!

Go Erin!

Looking good Freddy!

Paparazzi - there's Freddy!

Post race food - spectators are just as hungry as the athletes!

Some of the Trimarni athletes with coach Karel at the awards

Go Jeff and Trimarni nutrition athlete Adam (who just finished his first Ironman without GI issues)

Go Justine.....6 more weeks until you get to do this again in Kona!

Justine before going through the IM motions before Kona in 6 weeks (qualified at IM Maryland)

Karel starting the bike...before the rain came down

Go Katja! A smile all day!

Great work Katja!

Karel on a mission.

Karel in 5th place off the bike - time to run down his competition.

Karel on loop 2 of the run, now in 3rd place. 

Karel off the bike in the first 1/2 mile of the run. I told him he was in 5th place - time to commit! 

Wet and cold but happy for our athletes! Thank you Taylor for being awesome all day!

Cheering for Karel after loop 1 of the run. Keeping him going despite the world of hurt that Karel was experiencing in his body.

Congrats Adam for finishing your 2nd IM in 11:08! You may live in flat FL but you trained smart to execute on a very challenging and hilly race course. 

Cheering squad out on the race course! So grateful for all the Trimarni spectators who braved the rain to cheer for the athletes.