Calgary 70.3 states on their website that they've got one of the most beautiful courses in North America. It's true in that the lake is gorgeous, the bike course has a nice (albeit distant) view of the Rockies, and the run is around a very lush reservoir. Not complaining here!! I only like to race if it is beautiful.
Pre-race: I had made a friend the day before, so I knew that I had a ride back from T2 to T1 (the bike is point-to-point). Rather than drive to T2 in the early AM to catch the bus back to T1, I just drove to T1 knowing I'd have a lift back. More sleep? Awesome! From 10pm to 4am, I slept like a rock. Once I woke up, I was 100% alert. It was super awesome!! Had the usual breakfast, drove to the race site, did all the pre-race junk, and watched the pros, then the 2 male waves go off. We females were the 4th wave at 6:45am.
Swim: My goal was to break 31' and possibly break 30'. I have the swim ability to do so, now it's about executing that good quality swim in a race. Did I do it? Noooooo: 35:38. Shameful. But I did swim hard, the current simply kept sweeping me out far left. It was incredibly frustrating.
35:38 @ 1:53/100m -- 5/14 F18-24, 94/527 OA, 32/157 Women
T1: 4:16. You'd think that would mean I had a disastrous T1, but the way T1 was set up, I actually went through it really quickly.
4:16 -- 25/157 Women, 2/14 F18-24
Bike: The race website states that the bike course is just over 94kms, starting at Ghost Lake and ending near the Glenmore Reservoir. I started the ride off cold and worried I would end up on the run with frozen feet (which is what happened last November in the South Island, New Zealand half-ironman I did). However, the day slowly started to warm up and I actually had an awesome ride. I took in about 130cal/hr -- people say this is low and I agree that I should have taken in maybe 160cal/hr... but remember that 1. I am small and 2. I've been training my body for a long time now to utilize a greater % of fuel from fat rather than carbs. In long training rides, I hardly ever consume more than 175cal/hr, usually hovering around the 150cal/hr mark. I neeeeever get GI distress come run time, so this metabolic efficiency training is awesome and totally paying off!! (And trust me... I know when I am bonking and I don't with these calorie consumption rates)
3:01:29, 94kms @ 31.1km/hr --- 3/14 F18-24, 269/527 OA, 52/157 Women
T2: 1:17. Again, you'd think T2 was a mess because it was longer than 1 minute. But I motored through it and had a good T2 with respect to the field.
1:17 --- 12/157 Women, 2/14 F18-24
Run: Shit starts to hit the fan. The course is an out-and-back and slightly net downhill with the rollers on the way out, and then uphill with "Heartbreak Hill" on the way back. Way out: 55:16. Not exactly impressive for 10.5km, but I was dealing with the heat well, and I was running past a lot of people, and just chugging up the hills when I needed to. Way back: 1:00:09. Disgustingly poor back half. What happened? I've switched bikes recently (think like 2 weeks ago), and although it's an awesome bike, my body is noooooot used to the position so when I got to the run, a lot of my muscles and core in particular were tired. I started to get side stitches (which, for me, I KNOW is because of tired core muscles). Ah well, that's what I get for switching bikes so soon before a race. Nevertheless, I kept the smile on my face, kept on running and passed upward of 100 people, only getting passed twice.
1:56:41, @ 5:32/km (poor!) -- 4/14 F18-24, 152/527 OA, 29/157 Women
Result: 5:38:04, a PB despite the course being 4kms longer on the bike and a shit swim and so-so run. Fuck yeah!!!
4/14 F18-24, 172/527 OA, 32/157 Women.
I stuck around to watch the awards, ended up there were 2 slots in my AG and I got one of them. I guess I am going to the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas!! Cool!!
Triathlete.com's review of the Calgary 70.3 race can be read here.
The next day, I went sailing for the first time and capsized my sailboat, totally faceplanting in the water. Then my jeans ripped massively. It was weird. At least I got my cold "ice" bath in.
|Where I went sailing was also what we ran around just the day|
before in the race! Glenmore Reservoir.
|I have no idea what I'm meant to be doing on a frickin' sailboat.|
|Preeeeetty big rip, if you ask me. Kids kept|
looking at me weirdly.
|One of the rivers that flows through Calgary. There are 2: the|
Bow river, and the Elbow river (I shit you not!)