I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2015. I know my running has improved a lot recently and with some hard work I may be able to try and race a fast half marathon and/or marathon. I’m once again seeing race times and training paces similar to 2009, back when I was nailing PR’s. As for triathlons, I put my heart and soul into training for Ironman Boulder and now I didn’t know what I wanted in 2015. I thought long and hard about taking a step back from triathlons next year but I was worried that if the Ironman bug bit for a 2016 race I would be spending a lot of time playing catch up from lost swim and bike fitness.
I figured this may be a good time to try a different race and all signs were pointing towards one:
My hometown Calgary 70.3.
I was terribly uninterested in the race the first few years it was held. The point to point course from Ghost Lake to the Glenmore Reservoir was a logistical nightmare. A swim in a glacier fed lake was completely unappealing. The course has now changed and the swim has moved to Auburn Bay so it is not nearly as cold! I also really like the timing of the race at the end of July. If a fall marathon is in the cards for me next year the training from a July 70.3 should flow nicely to a marathon focus.
I’ve never raced a 70.3 at home before. I like that I’ll get to sleep in my own bed the night before the race. I’ll be able to eat a pre-race meal at home that I know will work for me. The course will be challenging but I’ll be able to train on it. I’ve only ever participated in this race on a relay team before so this should be fun.
Are you racing the Calgary 70.3 next year?