Besides putting Nutella on nearly everything imaginable, I've been soaking in the French Riviera & countryside from 2 wheels.
What better tour bus than my Cannondale? It's easy to stop & take pictures, and nothing makes you appreciate the winding roads up to a hilltop village more than actually climbing them yourself (easily, now, because it is race week!)
On Monday, I checked out the latter part of the #IMFrance Bike course. I road the last 40k in reverse direction of the race and then flipped it so I was able to practice the final descents. A little note, it is steamy hot here! The first day felt like I was in summer in Houston, TX. It cooled off a bit yesterday, but who knows what race day will bring.
Now, The Ironman France bike course is not one for the "head-down-and-hammer" TT crowd. Heck, I didn't even bring my aero helmet as I'll spend much of the course climbing nearly 6,000 feet and descending switchbacks and such. Time to put on my big girl pants for those descents!
|Love the profile!|
The bike course is one big loop. See those 7 mountain icons? Those are the "cols" or "cotés" if you will. I do LOVE to climb and have made so much progress that I'm excited to see what I've got in that department. My goal will be to climb strong physically and then descend strong mentally. I'm not going to write candidly about my descending skills here right now. This is race week, people. I believe in the power of positive thinking. I am a GREAT descender, I am a GREAT descender, I am relaxed and smooth and one with my bike!
|villages and hillsides from the back half of the course...You can see the road cut into the hill in the |
On Tuesday, I took a spin to Monaco and redefined my version of the coffee ride...This coastal route still has some small climbs, but all manageable.
I passed through Villefranche sur Mer, Beaulieu sur Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Forget heaven, when I die, I want to go to Cap Ferrat!
The run course for Ironman France is at the other end of the spectrum... Four flat loops (10-ish K each) of the Promenade des Anglais, the beach boardwalk path in Nice.
|Promenade des Anglas|
One one side you have this....
|Men can get an extra "Boost" by checking out the topless offerings while running the marathon.|
On the other side, things like this
|The architecture here is so rich and ornate, will help pass the time during 26.2. And a good reminder to keep your head UP! If you don't look up, you miss the best parts of the buildings.|
|New custom swim suits from Betty Designs, thank you Kristin! And NO, twitter people who asked, these are not what I'm lounging in the beach in- I have proper bikinis! These are for exercise-related dips only!|
Today I'm taking a full day of rest. Tomorrow will be more checking out the bike course (by car!) with some friends who are arriving. A Bientôt!