Jun 15

Mont Tremblant Here We Come!

After a heart racing 60 seconds of seeing this count down to 0 and then repeat


I did some of my fastest typing ever and finally got this


This may be the craziest thing I have ever done, but I am now officially registered for Ironman Mont Tremblant 2012.  Yes, that is right, I registered for a 2nd Ironman before finishing my first one.  Absolutely could not pass up this opportunity to party with some amazing people race what looks to be an awesome venue.


Just recently announced, this will be the first year for a WTC Ironman in Mont Tremblant (that is Quebec Canada, eh).  As soon as I saw that the race was announced, I sent an email to Jennie with a link to the some of the pictures.  Not surprisingly, she was in from the get go.  And how could you not be with stunning views like this


and this


and this


The Twitter was instantly abuzz with interest in IMMT and polls all over the place where showing how popular this race was looking to be.  In no time, The League of Extraordinary Tri-Geeks began to plan a party race of epic proportions.  So, without further adieu, here is the current roster for IMMT:

Myself: Soon to be IM Wisconsin finisher
Jon @ SwiCylcoRun: Soon to be IM Lake Placid finisher
Mandy @ Caratunk Girl: Soon to be IM Lake Placid finisher
Jeff @ Dangle the Carrot: Recent first time Ironman finisher at Ironman TX
Kristin @ The Lazy Marathoner: Multiple Ironman finisher and fellow IMWI racer
CDNHollywood @ Newbie Triathlete 2011 Edition: I’m a new follower, but I think this will be his first IM

I honestly am almost more excited to meet and hang out with all these amazing people than I am to race.

In anticipation of the registration, we booked a hotel suite (that includes a kitchen, bedroom, and living area) over the weekend.  On the off chance I didn’t get registered, we could cancel the hotel with no penalty so it was better to get something while it was still easily available.  The venue seems absolutely perfect for this time event.  Below is a map of all the hotels, condos, and resorts.  Over 30 different options all within walking distance of the transition area and start/finish.  The place we ended up with is only about a 100 yds from the finish (which is near the large parking lot in the map below).


Here is where the transition area will be.  It is currently sand/grass, but is supposed to be paved before the race.


Ok, so it all looks wonderful and amazing.  So, what’s catch?

How about this?  A double loop bike course with some serious elevation.


12% elevation? Are you fricken kidding me?  And we have to do that twice? Shit.

Well, the run has to be easier right?  Right…..??

Nope.  The bike is followed by a double loop run with even more hills.


Hills are for Heroes.

CouplaHounds, a Canada resident was recently in the Mont Tremblant area and captured some video of the course and surrounding area.  If you want to check it out, visit his blog here. If you are reading, huge thanks for this!

So, definitely not looking like a PR course, but it will be a challenge.  And that is what this sport is all about right? Challenging yourself and pushing yourself to the limit.  So, IMMT, I’m coming for you, so you better Bring It!

Finally, Ironman Mont Tremblant was announced at the same time as Ironman New Jersey New York City (if only the finish is in NYC, but the rest of the course is in NJ, is it really Ironman New York City?).  Now, as appealing as swimming in the Hudson River sounds, don’t you think a swim start here would be much more enjoyable?


I rest my case.

Look out Canada, here we come!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ironmanbythirty.com/2011/06/15/mont-tremblant-here-we-come


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  1. Matt Oravec

    I was hoping for a LOT more “eh?” in there hahaha.

    Congrats on getting in. 2 IM signed up for and have not accomplished one yet, I would crap my pants hahaha.

    Should be awesome. Might be up for the drive to party with you guys. Will see what the schedule looks like.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I’m still working on me “eh”‘s and “dontcha knows”. I have 14 months to prep so I should be good.

      You and BDD need to tag team the drive and join in on the party.

      PS: Pants have already been crapped. haha

  2. Tim C.

    Excellent news! How could you not expect some serious elevation with the name Mont Tremblant, translation “trembling mountain”?? Your legs will be trembling on some of those inclines as will your heart on the super-fast descents on the other side!!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Ok, why the heck did I not translate Tremblant prior to registering. Stupid, Kevin. Stupid.

      Oh well, the post race beer and part will certainly make up for it.

  3. CouplaHounds

    Awesome! You aren’t the only one with 2 IM signups and not having 1 finished yet!! But who cares…where there’s a will, there’s a way!

    Thanks for the blog mention and glad the info was helpful. I think I’ll make it my summer mission to document the course in a more organized fashion and some of the activities in the region over the summer. If you give me an address, I can send you some lake water haha!

    Happy training! Be fun to organize a training weekend at MT in Aug for those who can make it!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      True that! The excitement level is high and I still haven’t calmed down yet.

      Thanks again and I look forward to having a boots on the ground perspective of everything. Hopefully we’ll be able to work in a training weekend but it’ll be tough with a 13-14 hour drive each way.

  4. Jeff Irvin

    This is the coolest thing ever. Nice write up too — can’t I just copy your link to my blog?

    dude now the fun begins. We are going to have to brush up on our french Canadian knowledge – Beer, Food, Beer. And maybe do some training, but that is like 8 months away!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I told Jon he could copy it so I guess I better let you too. I just don’t want to run into any import/export restrictions with Texas. haha

      “One bière s’il vous plaît”. Or better yet “Cinq bière s’il vous plaît”. That is all the French I need. Oh, and maybe “Kevin vous êtes un Ironman”

  5. BDD

    Looks like fun and beautiful, have fun. I need more of a flat line for my 140.6’s

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Don’t say that to Mandy. She had words for MattyO when he balked at the elevation. Let’s just say she was getting TTT started a bit early. haha 🙂

      If MattyO comes to cheer, you two should drive together and join the party.

  6. Jon

    WOOT WOOT!!!

    Can I steal this post? Haha! Just saw Jeff wrote the same thing.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Steal away! I’m not sure if I’ll let Jeff steal it or not yet. I think it might violate our import/export treaty with Texas.

  7. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Seriously, I just read Jon’s post and was so jealous! You are all going to have a blast there! Woohoo for IMMT!

  8. Matt Smith

    Sweet! That’s going to be so awesome. You guys are going to have a blast. Let the waiting begin!

  9. Annie

    I can’t wait to party with, I mean watch you all race. And don’t think I am joking about the spa day!

    1. Jennie

      I sincerely hope you are NOT joking about the spa day! Bring on the mani/pedis while they’re out tackling those hills! 🙂

  10. Lisa

    How exciting!!

  11. Mandy

    This is so exciting! I am so happy we all got in!

    Man. I hope I like my first one! ha ha ha

  12. Krista

    Awesome!! This looks like a great race (better than IM NJ). I’m considering it for my first IM in 2013.

  13. Colleen

    I’m such a pansy, aren’t I? 🙂 You guys are going to have a blast. Ugh… I hope it sells out fast so I don’t regret my decision. Although the whole party cheering thing is sounding MIGHTY tempting!

  14. Regina

    Congrats? Or should I wait and see how you feel aboutvthis after you finish IMWI? 😉 we share everything with NJ. But that looks like a much better swim (ok, total venue). Good luck!

  15. Beth

    That race is going to be amazing! I was SO close to signing up, but I’m waiting until I have a little more cycling and tri’s under my belt…. meaning IMWI 2012.

  16. JohnP

    Congrats! I have not done my first Ironman yet either BUT I STILL REGISTERED ANYWAYS! HAHA!

    2011 IMLP (First one, still have yet to do hah!)
    2012 IMMT (Second one for me, First one for my wife!)

  17. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    I am so excited for you guys. That looks like an amazing venue and you are going to have a blast up there with all the Tri-Geeks too.

    Getting jealous just looking at it, but I know that after talking to my coach that IMTX followed by IMAZ is much more palatable for my body than IMTX followed by IMMT.

    Can’t wait to see all the pics from up there and we are over a year away.

  18. FranP

    Great post. Love the pics! Congrats on getting register. My husband, JohnP, and I have registered for this even as well. This will be my first. Not sure if IMMT is the best choice as a first Ironman but oh well. LOL It being in Canada was a big selling point and within driving distance for us! Hope to see you there!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Thanks for the comment! I’ve read your husband’s LotC blog for a while, but didn’t know that a MrsLotC one existed! Congrats on signing up for IMMT! I have a friend (http://thelastmonth703.blogspot.com/) who also signed up for IMMT as her first IM so you won’t be alone.

      Just keep your eye on the prize as you train (not the medal, but the post race party 😉 – haha)

      1. FranP

        Thanks Kevin. I checked out Rebecca’s blog and look forward to reading her progress as well. Eye on the prize! YES!!! 🙂

  19. Philippe Lad

    I’m from Tremblant and I can’t wait to see the Ironman. Most of all the hotel are all booked up. This event give us a great visibility around the world. This will be amazing!! We rebuilt all the roads for the Ironman, and now Tremblant is one the best place for bicycle ride. Tremblant Express, local newspaper, are publishing nice article on the Tremblant Ironman

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