Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant race ambassador Magali Tisseyre is one of the most decorated Canadians at the 70.3 distance. She won Mont-Tremblant in its inaugural year and was second last year. She’s healed up and ready to take on one of her favourite races again this weekend. Here is her race preview:
Growing up, Mont-Tremblant was my playground. I had a few crazy sporting adventures there and some great family moments. I also had my first summer job at a hotel on the mountain and would challenge myself to bike to work. Back then, I never knew I would get into triathlon one day and race on those very same roads.
Racing in Tremblant is special. It’s a spectacular race with a great course and so much care is put into the preparation of the event. The race starts with a gorgeous lake swim, then it’s onto a challenging bike course on perfect roads. The bike and the run are very spectator friendly and take you through different villages that really come alive on race day. On the run, there is a nice long fast stretch on a packed dirt road that I look forward to and the best part of the race comes at the end, in the last few hundred meters. After a last hard climb, you take a turn and get a wonderful run down to the finishing chute. That section is lined with spectators and the energy is huge.
I am ramping up the run volume now after having been injured for more then a year. Honu (Ironman 70.3 Hawaii) was my first race back this season during which I was healthy on the start line and not worried about setting back my ankle or hip. I am now chasing points to get to the World Championship. It’s going to be a good challenge. I look forward to a strong swim (I have been working on my swim a lot in the last few years), and a strong bike. The run will be the biggest challenge for me as the volume and speed work is still lacking. I will focus on effort, on taking in the great energy from the home crowd and give it all my best.