Weekend Schedule for Racers and Supporters – old schedule

The first part of this schedule is geared toward racers; supporters, feel free to come along and help hold things! After the race start, the schedule outlines cheer strategy time lines.

Thursday, August 14 ”“ swim and travel

Morning                                           Swim practice travel to Canada

9 AM”“5 PM                               Packet pickup open
Dinner on your own.

Friday, August 15 ”“ OFF from workouts, go to packet pickup!

OFF DAY                                     No workouts
9:00 AM                                           Optional meet at EXPO/IM Merchandise Store to cruise around the vendors

10:00 AM                                       Meet at front of EXPO to go to Athlete Registration/Packet Pickup Together as a Team

Rest of Day                                 Off your feet and prepping Transition/Special Needs Bags. Drive the course if you have the time.

4:00 PM                                           Z Support Crew Meeting””Ya’oooo Pizza Bar (http://www.yaoooo.com) just below Kandahar Street in the Pedestrian Village off to the Lake side of the village, not in the middle of the road.

5-7:10 PM                                     Optional IM Welcome Dinner””Banquet tent, Ironman Village

7:15 PM                                           Athlete Mandatory Meeting””Banquet Tent Ironman Village.

Saturday, August 16 ”“ day before the race – NO athlete check-in on Saturday: race packet pick-up by 4 p.m. on Friday August 15

9:00 AM                                           Pre-Race Brick. Meet at Cheer Station #1/HQ. We will guard bikes here while you do your swim and run

9:10 AM                                           Walk from HQ to beach for start of brick.

Possible team photo in wetsuits at the swim start OR at HQ. Be on time to participate

9:20 AM                                           15/30/15 pre-race EASY Brick.

10:30 AM                                       Check in Transition bags and rack bikes (Must rack bike between 10 AM and 3 PM). EVERYONE OFF THEIR FEET!

2:45 PM                                           Z Support Crew meeting and last chance spectator Q and A””repeats the same information as Thursday meeting.

Meet in the Lobby of Le Grand Lodge, same location as Team Dinner

4:00 PM                                           Team Dinner””Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant – 2396 Rue Labelle, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1T8, Canada

6:00 “ish”                                       Whenever dinner ends”¦ TEAM PHOTO at Le Grand Lodge

Sunday, August 17 ”“ Racers  

3:00-4:00 AM                       WAKE UP! IT’S RACE DAY! Eat something.

4:30”“5:45 AM                         Arrive at Transition ”“ update your gear bags (if needed), place fuel on bike (if needed). Get Body Marked. Drop off Special Needs bags. Go to HQ to meet up with your peeps.

5:30 AM                                           Get your wetsuits on at HQ, leave your stuff on our tarp

5:45 AM                                           Meet at Enormous IRONMAN SIGN (right next to HQ) at race finish for a group photo

6:10 AM                                           J Kiss and cry. Say goodbye to coaches and family. Shed tears. But “good tears”.

6:20 AM                                           Get in your wave for swim start. Stick with a buddy so you can keep each other calm and joke around!

6:36 AM                                           Pro men start followed by Pro women at 6:39 AM

6:42 AM                                           Age group waves start

9:30 AM on”¦                         Lunch Served at Cheer station #2 on the bike course until the last Z’s pass us.

12:00 PM                                       Some kind of lunch item plus snacks and beverages served at Cheer Station #3 of bike course until the last Z’s passes us.

6:00 PM”“12:00 AM       Bike Course is now open for car traffic both ways. Transition is open for bike check out. All bikes must be removed by midnight.

12:00 AM                                       Course closed. All Zs in safely, drink beer, reminisce, etc.

Monday, August 18

7:00 AM                                           Finisher gear available ”“ go early ”“ Ironman finishers are like starving bears!!

9:00”“11:00 AM                     Ironman World Championship Registration (then roll down)

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Growing up, I was never even remotely athletic, a distinct liability in a sports-mad country. Moreover, I grew to associate the idea of people being “sporty” with people who were generally obnoxious, who loved to lord their athletic prowess over others.

Triathlon, therefore, was a revelation for me: very ordinary people who were able to achieve extraordinary things. Team Z is the essence of triathlon in that regard, an amazing mix of experienced athletes (who turned out to be quite nice people) and absolute beginners, all sharing their different journeys. The team is full of people who push me when I need to be pushed and who push me when I don’t think I want to be pushed. Because the team pushes me, I’ve become something I never would have believed I could become: an athlete.

Mark Mullen


Never say never on Team Z! I never thought I would do a triathlon let alone a half Ironman. I told anyone who would listen that the only way I would ever run another marathon was if it was in an Ironman and since I was never going to do an Ironman I had nothing to worry about. Well, so much for my “never” list. With the support of Team Z, I have raced numerous short distance triathlons, several half Ironmans, raced my best injury free marathon (I beat Oprah’s time), and signed up for an Ironman.
Regardless of your experience, speed, motivation, and goals there is a place for you on Team Z. When I joined the Team in December 2011, I did not know what to expect. My old game plan was to go as fast and as hard as possible regardless of the consequences. I do not recommend this strategy. I somehow always fell to side with an injury and burned out long before I reached the start line. This all changed when I joined Team Z. With the help of the coaches and my teammates, I am learning everyday how to find balance physically, set reachable goals, listen to my body, and enjoy the experience. I have a good friend on the Team that says that all the training and hard work is the journey. Race day is the victory lap. Gotta Love Team Z!

Kathy Hsu


In 2009 I ran the Disney Marathon with my mom, accompanying her on her first 26.2 mile adventure. I remember standing at the start next to her and saying, “just think, those Ironman people have to do this after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112”¦..freaking lunatics!.” Two years later with a couple of sprint and Olympic triathlons under my belt, and after a couple of glasses of wine, I started to wonder, “Maybe I can do an Ironman too?” So I pulled the trigger, dropped the cash, and signed up for Ironman Cozumel. This followed by immediate panic. “Oh dear God, what have I done? I haven’t the slightest clue how to train for an Ironman.” A couple months later, by chance, I ran into a Z’er outside of my work and as we started talking Triathlon, she told me about Team Z. “Why not? It can’t hurt” I thought to myself. So I joined. It didn’t take me long to realize that this team had everything I wanted: knowledgeable and supportive coaches, structured training plans for all levels and abilities, fantastic teammates, and most importantly cold beers ready for you after every race!

Scott Leary