I did this race in 2007 as my first IM and it was a fantastic venue and it was everything I had hoped it would be. So I am anxious to go back and take another crack at this course. The experience of having done it before will help as will the fact that I have two successful completions under my belt.
The timing of this race is a little bit better than IMAZ was since there is potential for a little more outdoor training. With IMAZ in April I had exactly 0 miles of road riding since the previous October. That wasn’t totally a bad thing though, as I think my cycling improvements came from the 3 hour plus sessions on the trainer with Coach Troy nattering in my ear, “Knees in on the top tube, upper body perfectly still, push down and pull up”.
I really hope Angela can come this time as Coeur d’Alene is just a gorgeous community and the people are really into this race. The bike course is a little more exciting than Arizona, and a little more technical.