Stage races are a wonderful way to blast your legs and boost your fitness. Although many pro athletes line up at these events looking for the W, the event is usually built into their plan as a fun and challenging way to boost fitness for “A” races.
And that’s exactly why Mel and I made the trek to Fernie for the TR3 – 3 days of mountain biking around the town of Fernie and the alpine resort. As opposed to the TR7 – 7 days of mountain biking from Fernie to Banff, which is crazy.
The event was perfectly timed in the middle of the off road triathlon season, allowing for some higher than normal loading with plenty of time to recover before our next major event.
The TR3 is perfectly suited to “XTERRA-specialists” with 4000 to 4500 feet of climbing each day combined with some very fast downhill sections allowing for improvements in both fitness and fear!
An added bonus is the Fernie Aquatic Centre, which is within walking distance from the downtown. Although we were definitely not fitting in any quality swim sessions during the race, it was great to have to pool there for active recovery and to avoid a big break away from the pool.
Added bonus is the natural ice bath a 5-10min ride from town.
Thanks to the race organizers and volunteers for putting on an extraordinarily well-organized and very enjoyable event. Even a few moose on course couldn’t stop us!
I hope I can double the fun next year and make it to the inaugural Singletrack 6!