Back in Town

6 08 2010

This week was a wash, I had to go on a business trip to Vancouver where I worked a lot and I also went out for a lot of beers with my colleagues/friends from there. My team is actually spread across Canada and every time one of us is in town, it involves a lot of beer! I even had a great chicken bbq’ed on charcoal bbq… a huge bbq made of porcelain, that my friend has on his balcony! The thing was so heavy you need two hands to open it! The food and wine were awesome!!!

Charcoal BBQ

I’ll tell you one thing, they are MUCH more relaxed west than we are here. Quite a different lifestyle, which I would not mind…

Anyhow, from a training perspective, I had the opportunity to do two fun workouts:
1. Seawall run: an easy one hour run (10.5 km, 140 bpm) from the hotel to the Lions bridge and back. Too bad I didn’t have much time, it would have been nice to complete the whole course. It is a very pleasant run around the bay.

Grouse Grind Steps

2. Grouse Grind: now that was interesting workout. It is about a 3 km trail with a 853m elevation gain! It start easy, but it get pretty steep quickly. As I started my Heart rate went from 70 to 170 bpm as soon as it got steep! It took me 51:55 minutes bottom to top, 80% of the time at ~170 bpm. Quite a workout. At least as soon as I got to the top and waited for my friend Kerry my HR dropped to 116. Kerry, who is more than 10 years older than me, was just 3 min behind. As you can see in the picture, air quality was pretty bad due to forest  fires north of Vancouver.

Grouse Mountain (lift back down after the Grind)

Ok, I did another not so fun workout, 1 hour stationary bike ~170w, 125 bpm.

I’m back in town now ready to go out with my wife and friends on a long ride! It will be interesting to see how my boddy has recovered after the Ironman followed by a week of quite a few drinks… 😉

And the rest is over. I’m finally starting the Half Iron program!



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