In Coeur d’Alene

After a week or so of driving/training we’re happy to finally be in Coeur d’Alene.  We’ll have plenty of time to get in some good training on the course and get accustomed to the area.  There’s something to be said about pulling in a couple days before the race, as Heather did last year before winning the thing, but having two full weeks of hanging out is a good option too!

Our new favorite US city is Bend, Oregon.  Damn, what a wicked place.  Zillions of state parks and back roads to choose from, a beautiful city itself (what wblueflyere saw anyway), endless running trails, and a kick-ass 50 meter outdoor pool.  Hopefully, we get to explore that area a bit more one day.  This time we camped ourselves at Paulina Lake, not far the small town of La Pine.  We were only up at 5500 feet, but we felt it in a big way.  Still managed a great ride down in the valley before making the long gradual climb back up to the camper.  One thing about climbs in most areas is that a 45 minute to 1 hour climb will only take you 15 minutes to descend.  Descents in the Solvang/Lompoc area, however, will take over half the time you took to get up.  It was nice to not have to use the brakes once, as opposed to never letting off the brakes once.  Bend itself is at about 3500 feet, and even that is still noticeable when you’ve been training at sea level.  ‘Twas a difficult little swim we did at their lovely pool.

From Bend we drove like crazy.  More than we wanted, but it was getting late in the week and we just needed to get to Coeur d’Alene and recoup.  We tried staying in the last rest stop before Spokane, but that turned out badly.  Refer trucks and truckers with blaring SIRI Satellite radio are a pain when trying to fall asleep.  We didn’t want to pull up to our home stay late at night so we opted to move our evening slumber down to the Denny’s parking lot in Spokane.  We slept surprisingly well.

We’re here now though.  Thanks to the Kozak’s for letting us park in their yard.  Jim runs a wicked bike shop out of his home, if you need anything for race week this is the place to go.  It’s called Cyclemetrix in the town of Dalton Gardons (essentially one with CDA) Heck, you may as well come on up and hang out for the Blue Competition Cycles Demo on Thursday evening of race week.  5pm to 8pm, right on the bike course at 4th and Deerhaven.  I believe Blue will have some previews of their 2010 product line, as well as the ever popular Triad for you to try.  Cyclemetrix will also be here to tune up your bike or get you going with those last minute CO2 and wheel purchases.  If you can’t make it up for the Demo, check out the Blue booth in the expo area.  There’s also a Blue Triad raffle taking place in support of ‘Fred’s Team’ – raising money for cancer research.  If you win, you get the free hour in the wind tunnel as well.

Anyway we’ve seen the bike course, now it’s time to test out the lake temperature.  Our hand in water test was optimistic.  Pain free, anyway.  We’ll keep you posted on how the actual swim goes.

~ by trevorandheather on June 7, 2009.

3 Responses to “In Coeur d’Alene”

  1. You guys are so awesome…(Hanks again for ur support

  2. Ah, the ol’ “Hand in Water Test”!!! Pain free means the water is fine…unless, of course, there is simply no pain due to numbness. Gulp!

  3. Yeah, hand in water test was accurate. It’s not that bad at all. We even ventured into the river end of the lake. Slightly colder, but thankfully still pain free.
    Hayden Lake, on the other hand, is downright warm.

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