One of the Best Days of my Life - Ironman Lake Placid
After signing up at the end of August, I thought about this race every day. It seemed so far away, and that it would never come. It sounds so corny, but I loved the journey of training for this race. I’m definitely a type A person, and I love setting goals and working towards them. Every early alarm and workout before work was getting me one step closer to the big day!
We drove up on Wednesday morning, happy to leave the DC heat and humidity behind! We are expert road trippers, and always have a blast!
On Friday I had the chance to meet up with some of the amazing Coeur Sports ladies. It was awesome to meet them in person!
After tossing and turning and barely getting any sleep, my alarm went off at 3:30. I had my breakfast and we left for the race at 4:45. The morning was stress free, and before I knew it was pushing my way through the crowds to get my spot in the 1:00-1:10 swim wave.
It was a really anti-climatic start. I’m used to treading water anxiously awaiting the horn to go off. I calmly walked through the timing mat into the water and began swimming toward the first buoy. Lake Placid is known for the underwater cable, and if you follow it, you stay on course and there is no need to sight the buoys. Of course everyone wants to get on the cable!
I started to the left of it, but after the first buoy I was able to get on that cable and stick with it the entire first loop. It definitely got aggressive, people kicking me in the face, getting punched a few times, I never got annoyed by it, but just laughed in my head and stayed positive. It was all part of the experience!
After the first loop I checked my watch and I had swam the 1.2 miles in 33 mins, which is the time I usually swim for 70.3’s. I ran up the beach, and jumped in the water for more fun! The 2nd loop wasn’t as crowded. In order to keep my mind occupied I counted my strokes to 100, and then started over and over again.
Before I knew it I had two more buoys to go. I was feeling great, and in no time the swim was done! I looked at my watch.. holy crap.. 1:06! I couldn’t believe it! I ran down the carpet and through the crowds. I was screaming, cheering, and smiling, which made the spectators go crazy and cheer even louder! I was easily able to find my bag, ran into the changing tent, had a quick transition and started my bike ride.