The news of the day is Calgary Ironman 70.3! We posted about it all week, I prepped for spectating until wee hours, got up at 5am, got home 10 hours later, dehydrated and sunburned, and I had the EASY job! The athletes out there today were all so strong in the thrashing swim, mentally demanding “90k FTP” bike and hotter then Hades run with a 3k climb to the finish!
I know I speak for Coach Karleen as well when I say it was so incredibly rewarding being a part of everyone’s successes today. For anyone who didn’t make it out to the event- here is some feedback.
- The rolling start for the swim felt incredibly calm and went very smoothly. There were pro heats and then 4 age group waves. The last wave was a “newbie” heat for first timers or anyone who wanted less pressure.
Everyone looked so calm! This is not always the vibe at the swim start!
- The bike course was flat and for the most part, riders strung out fairly quickly
Racer Ken commented: “The bike was flat and extremely fast, but had less personality than the old course. The run was good…challenging…flat for the most part but that hill and the false flat after definitely separated a lot of people. There seemed to be better spaced aid stations on the run course today.”
Coach Steph commented: “I thought it was convenient that transition was all in one place…and there’s no doubt the flat bike course made for a quick bike, which was fun! But the run course is hot and away from crowds. I think lots of people could have benefitted from having some spectators cheer them on during the run.”
I love that this race is suitable for pro’s and competitive age groupers who vie for World’s spots as well as welcoming to first timers. Husband and wife duo Bryan and Charity did today’s race as their first ever triathlon and they will be following it up with the Whistler Ironman 70.3 next weekend. It was great to watch them come into the finish chute together today.
Good luck next Sunday in Whistler!
All in all it was a fantastic day on the new Calgary 70.3 course and so great to see all the volunteers, LYNX club members and friends of LYNX out on the course supporting one another. I can’t echo Coach Karleen’s sentiments (read here) enough.