Guys, isn’t technology awesome?! This weekend I did my bike ride in Canada! Well, in virtual Canada, that is! My bike trainer has software that you can use to hook up to a computer and do virtual rides on any googlemaps course! All we had to do was download the Mont Tremblant 70.3 bike course off of googlemaps, then upload it onto the software, and voila; we are instantly in Canada!
The googlemaps course has the entire route of the Tremblant course including the elevation profile. This means that not only do I get to SEE the whole course while I’m riding, but I also get to experience the difficulty of all the hills. This may sound miserable, but misery or not, I’d rather know what I’m getting myself into than go into a race blind!
Here is the elevation profile of the 70.3 Tremblant course.
As hard as this sounds, biking the course on my trainer did not seem as difficult as biking the 70.3 Syracuse course on the trainer! The Syracuse course had a LOT of steep, long climbs. This course, as you can see only has a couple long, steep climbs-the others, though frequent, seem more gradual. Now, obviously I haven’t biked the course in real life, so it’s hard to say how it compares to the trainer. However, I think having a “successful” virtual ride on this course is a good start to my preparation for the real thing! I plan to do the course for my next 3 long rides, and input it into my weekly biking as well!
Have you ever done a simulated bike ride on your trainer?
Anyone ever raced outside of the U.S.? This will be my first!!