Day 1 ~ Drive and Swim
I left home around 8am and made the drive to Lake Placid.
All I have to say about that drive is apparently, the entire state of Vermont is under construction.
I met up with my buddies Steve and Jay along the way. We got into town, dumped our stuff in the condo, did some grocery shopping and headed to Mirror Lake for a swim of the loop course. We didn’t realize when we started that the buoys that are there now are a little longer than the actual course (one loop of the current buoy line is 1.6 miles according to my GPS using the GPS in the swim cap method.)
We were pretty fired up to be in Lake Placid, the town was full of people training.
Day 2 ~ Swim and Eat Cupcakes
Steve and Jay planned on doing 2 loops of the bike course, I was basically going to swim another loop, check out a short hike, and eat cupcakes.
Seriously, I found the best cupcakes ever. But I don’t remember the name of the place, it is near the Hannafords. That is all I can tell you.
I swam another long loop and felt pretty good, the water is really a nice temperature now, warmer than what I am used to swimming in at home. I think my time for the race should be around 1hr 30minutes unless some giant guy decides to drown me.
I am not going to lie, I am pretty freaked out about this swim start – it is a very small place to stick 2700 people and then say GO!
Anyway, I got a few cool shots on the swim:
Day 3 ~ Bike
I was up early for the bike repair course put on by the camp. I was pretty anxious to get started on the long ride planned for the day (2 loops of the course followed by a run). I was a little too excited, I clipped into my bike and immediatly tipped over.
Yup. I am an idiot. Luckily, that was the worst part of my day.
I picked up my wounded pride and went to the Olympic Oval with the rest of the Fireman Tri camp group and met Jill – we recognized each others bikes from our blogs.
Just saying, I think that just rocks.
After some pictures and some information, we had a mass start on the bike course. I am a complete wimp and let all the aggressive bikers go first (after all, I had fallen over in my own driveway less than an hour before.)
This ride starts with a short climb out of town, leads to a screaming downhill into the town of Keene, followed by what I like to call “the happy aero place” the last 20 miles of this ride are the toughest (IMO) and this section around Whiteface Mountain is beautiful and rugged.
It also seems to have a persistent headwind.
The first loop went well (3h30m), I felt great (I think everyone feels great on the first loop). I stopped at my special needs set up at Cobble Mountain Lodge, ate half a PB&J and headed back out for the second loop.
That was harder. The heat had turned on, the wind had picked up, I was SICK of gels, and I had some miles on my legs. I was stoked when I saw Jay and Steve out there looking for me, they rode with me for pretty much all of the second loop (Steve even ran over a staple).
After the second loop (4hrs), I said goodbye to Steve and Jay and went for a quick run. My legs felt pretty good, I am not sure that they were marathon good, but they were good.
Day 4 ~ Run and Ride (home)
I got up early and hit the run course. I ran about 14 miles I think, my Garmin battery crapped out because I forgot to charge it after the ride. I honestly felt like complete crap, my mental game was completely off, I didn’t sleep well. I think I could have run easier after my 112 mile ride than I did that morning.
I should have ran longer – that is what was on my plan. I am not going to make excuses, I had planned to run for 3 hours and then actually ran 2:20. It is what it is.
This is a hilly run, the worst parts being the climbs into town (IMO). There is this really awesome stretch on the River Road that is just gorgeous.
Anyway, I got back, showered, loaded up my gear, and made the 7.5 hour drive back home.
33 days until Ironman Lake Placid
Swim – 7040 yds (all open water)
Bike – 176 miles
Run – 20 miles
16 hrs 52 minutes