PB: Lisa, thanks so much for agreeing to answer some questions for our first issue of PERSONAL BEST.
LB: I am thrilled to be part of the Ironman 70.3 Calgary Team and excited to bring the Ironman 70.3 race Calgary. Our team is committed to providing athletes with all the tools and advice required to have them achieve their personal goals, part of that commitment is ensuring they have all the information they need to get a personal best of race day!
PB: Lisa, one of the most frequently asked questions is about the Ghost Lake Reservoir. The Ghost Lake Reservoir is not well known, even to many Calgary Triathletes, what is it like?
LB: Ghost Lake Reservoir is a beautiful lake created at the confluence of the Ghost and Bow rivers by a dam constructed way back in 1929. The lake is set in the Rocky Mountain Foothills in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains which are visible just to the west. It is a big (11km2), deep lake (>100 feet) with gin clear water.
PB: Is the lake cold?
LB: The lake can be pretty cold. Ice comes off the lake in May and depending on the year, the lake should be about 18-20C or 65-70F on race day. The lake is very popular for water skiing and other recreational sports, and will be a great temperature for racing.
PB: What is the bike course like?
LB: The bike course is absolutely beautiful! It rolls its way through the foothills and pastoral cattle ranchlands and into the city from the southwest. The roads are in excellent condition, many have brand new pavement while others are planned to be repaved prior to the race. It will be a fast course.
PB: Is the bike course challenging?
LB: Very. It is a hilly course, but the pavement is smooth and there is often a great tailwind. If conditions are right on race day, this could very well be a PB course.
PB: What do you think about doing Ironman Canada following Ironman 70.3 Calgary? Are they too close together?
LB: Not one bit! For many experienced athletes (and even many unexperienced athletes) I recommend doing a half ironman prior to doing the full iron distance race. The timing of Ironman 70.3 Calgary is perfect in a build toward Ironman Canada. With four weeks between the two races there is ample time to recovery from a hard race at Ironman 70.3 Calgary and peak for Ironman Canada. In fact, the training program we have put together anticipates just that! (see the Personal Best Training Program below).
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