Weekend Warriors: Blitz Tri Team 306 km ride and 42 km marathon run!


It was another big weekend for the Blitz Tri Team. Saturday morning Steph, Graeme, Danielle, Cheryl, and Jenny started riding at 5 am from Beach Corner in -3 degree weather to tackle the 306 km Blue Ridge Randonneur Ride. Having learned from the weekend before, our shoes were full of toe warmers and we had our ski mitts on. Despite the preparation, it was a cold day and the hot chocolate stops were much longer than usual and we felt no shame huddling on the floors of various gas stations along the way. Last year when we did the ride it was over 20 degrees when we got to the 200 km mark. This year the warmest it got was 4 degrees and around 7 pm it started to snow! To add to it, we got 7 flats between us… this is a new record for sure. With the longer stops and flats it took us about 3 hours longer to finish the ride in just over 15 hours. There were definitely low points on the ride but what was amazing is how our team stayed together and took turns pulling and sharing the load throughout the ride. For Graeme and Danielle it was 106 km longer than their previous longest ride and you wouldn’t have been able to tell; they pulled eagerly until the last turn into Beach Corner!

The Team Foot Warming Circle                                                              The Route!

Floor hanging   Route Map


To emulate how our legs would feel after a long ride, a few of us added a long marathon distance run to the Sunday agenda. Danielle and Cheryl ran the Run Wild Marathon with Danielle pulling at a 3:29 and second overall female. We’re so proud! Brad also ran the half in 1:52, beating his personal best by over 20 minutes in the process! Steph, missing the registration deadline, ran the 42 km through the single-track of the river valley and Jen, who is pushing through a foot injury, managed to get a full 30 km in. Graeme, having his priorities more in line, spent the day making beer in his newly minted brewery (note: stay tuned for a keg stand pushup party at BLITZ very soon). Of all the training situations to prepare for running off the bike at IronMan, I have found the ultra-long bike and marathon distance run the following day the best simulation of how it feels on race day. I’m just so elated that four tri club members took up this challenge! Well done team!

Danielle, Cheryl, and Brad at Run Wild                                  Steph, Running in the Wild

Run Wild  Steph solo

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