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Hello from Bend, Oregon

  Oregon has been a bucket list state that I've wanted to visit for a very long time. When we were planning our 2023, our focus was selecting different or new events. We only planned one on-road triathlon (IM 70.3 Blue Ridge for me) and the rest were all off-road events. We love triathlon and our swim, bike, run lifestyle but to keep our spark lite for structured training, it's been fun having a different focus for this year.  Around 2020, we watched a YouTube race recap of the High Cascade 100 MTB event. This was before I started mountain biking. We fell in love with the scenery and the enormous task of riding 100 miles on a mountain bike.  Karel wanted to the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder 5-day stage race in June and our athletes decided on Oregon 70.3 in late July as a team race. The High Cascade event never left my mind. When I realized that the High Cascades 100 MTB event was a week before Oregon 70.3, we decided this was the year that we should do the event. Just adding to

'23 XTRI Canadaman Race Recap - 26 mile run/hike, 4500 feet

  26 mile run , 4545 feet – 6:00.00 New Balance Fuel Cell Shoes HOKA trail shoes Women's Distance Carbon Z Trekking/Running Poles (105 cm) Naked Running Band Naked Running Vest Camelback Nathan hard flasks (10 ounce) Naked running soft flasks (17 ounce) 100% gloves Roka sunglasses Cooling towel Marmot Women's GORE-TEX® Minimalist Pro Jacket Nutrition: NeverSecond C30, NeverSecond Gel, Powerbar chews, Skratch Orange, Gu Aminos, Pretzles, Coke, water Mile 1-3.7 – 219 feet, 9:51 min/mile Woods and gravel As I left the transition area, I was looking forward to the first off-road section. I assumed it was all gravel but first I had to make my way through the woods. There was barely a path in the woods. The ground had a lot of roots to run over. It was actually a lot of fun but it required a lot of work to get through. The course was really well marked with pink flags at every turn and keeping us on the path. Once I got through the woods, I was looking forward to gett

'23 XTRI Canadaman Race Recap - 111 mile, 9000 feet bike

  Photo: Triathlon Canada 111 mile bike, 8993 feet elevation gain – 6:33.10 (6:21.03 riding time, 17.5 miles), fastest female, 6 th fastest overall Ventum One w/ Podium 90 rear and Podium 60 front Boyd Wheels Gearing: Front 39/53. Rear 11-32 Tubeless: Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 700x25 Giro Helmet Bont Cycling Shoes Nutrition: 3 x 26 ounce of 360 calories Infinit Fructose, 2 x 26 ounce of 360 calories Neversecond c30 Berry. 1 Never Second bar, 1 bag Powerbar chews, a few sips of coke, 1 bottle water. I had the course downloaded in my Garmin Edge computer and I knew every mile of the course from our recon the previous days but the course was still very well marked and there were plenty of volunteers at the intersections. There were also kilometer markers every 5K. I was very impressed with all the signage on the course and around the venue. Some of the roads were very smooth and well-maintained but overall, the roads were semi to very rough.    Mile 0-9 (16.5 mph, ~1000 feet) P

'23 XTRI Canadaman - Race Recap pre-race and swim

  Pre Race I was nervous. Very nervous. I was about to do a lot of things that I’ve never done before. Even though this was my 20th Ironman distance triathlon, the event felt very unfamiliar to me in many ways. But that is exactly why I signed up for XTRI Canadaman – do challenge myself and to do something that I’ve never done before. Come race day morning, we had seen almost all of the race course. We either drove or biked every mile of the 112 mile course. We swam in the lake (twice) and we drove the run course. There were ~8 miles of the run that were on private land (and off-road) so we weren’t able to see those miles. The last ~8.7 miles were all off-road, on very technical (and hilly) trails. Karel did his “long” run up and down the mountain on Saturday so he was able to tell me all about miles 18-26. We had to attend a mandatory pre-race briefing at 3pm at Centre sportif M├ęgantic (downtown, by the lake ~25 min drive from our Airbnb in Val-Racine. The meeting was not very in