First, let’s get the important stuff out of the way…
FOLLOW ME! I’m bib #713
There are a few ways you can do it:
- If you have an iPhone, check out the IronTrac App (HERE). It is pretty slick – you can enter in the names or bib numbers of athletes that you want to follow and it updates from the Ironman website. The app is $0.99, and I really like it.
- Go to Ironman.com -> Live coverage -> Ironman Lake Placid -> athlete tracker -> Enter in Bib #713
- Call or text my Mom if you have her number.
We got into Lake Placid on Thursday night, and the town was already abuzz. I picked up my packet and did the BEST Ironman weigh-in of the 3 I have weighed in for – down 25 pounds!
That was kind of cool.
Thank you Vinnie Tortorich for your podcast, phone call, and advice. You freaking rock.
I randomly stood in packet-pick up line next to a girl from Maine, which was kind of cool. We chatted it up while we did the Ironman Dance (Stand in line, sign papers, stand in line, get instructions, stand in line…)
Then I went and danced under the finish line.
Yesterday, I checked out athlete village and the Ironman store early to avoid the masses. My Triathlon Rocks shirt got lots of comments.
The other CRAZY thing that happened was when I walked by this random guy working one of the tents in the Athlete Village and I thought, “Gee, he looks familiar.”
On the way back by, he said, “Hey, did you do this race in 2011?”
“What was your time?”
“We finished together!!”
Holy freaking crap.
His father pipes up behind him and says “Yeah, I have a picture of the two of you together at the finish.”
I remember running with this guy, back and forth we would pass each other, always making positive comments on the way by. After the race we found each other easily because our times were close…Because of the random tight bonds athletes make during a race (or at least I have), we hugged and high fived and started talking like we have known each other for our entire lives, not just for the last hour of the Ironman marathon.
Anyway, we talked for a while, it was pretty crazy!
Then to pass some time and get out of the craziness of town, Mom and I drove up Whiteface Mountain.
On the way up we stopped at an overlook, and there was a couple having lunch there. We said hi and they saw my IM wristband and said “Good luck on Sunday!”
I said thanks, and found out their son was racing too.
THEN we found out THEY were from Maine as well, and that their son did IMLP in 2011 too!
Talk about a bunch of random coincidences!!
Anyway, here we are now…My bike is all set, my transition bags all packed…
I am currently sitting on my butt eating things waiting for it to be 10am so I can head to town and rack my bike.
Then I am going back to my room so I can sit on my butt and eat a few more things.
That is basically my pre-race plan.
My race plan (and time estimates):
Swim: It’s a warm-up to the day. The wildcard is this rolling start crap. I would prefer a mass start but it isn’t up to me. Regardless, I predict a similar time to last time – I estimate 1:35ish. The only think I plan to do as prep to my gear is to put Tri-Slide on my wetsuit to help it come off easier and put some Foggle on my goggles so they don’t get cloudy.
Bike: Spin through the rollers out of town before the screaming downhill, let people blow by me. Live through the screaming downhill, then ride steady on the flats. Spin as much as possible on the hilly back-end of the course. Eat Amrita bars every hour, salt stick every hour, macadamia nuts as needed to top off the tank. I have some sugary crap with me in case I feel I need it.
I think I will be around 7:00 -7:30 here.
Run: Seriously? I don’t have a plan besides putting on my Brooks on and keep it easy and try to keep running. I estimate 5:00 for the run.
So all in all, I am looking at sub-15 for a goal.
Or sub-17, whatever happens out there, I’ll take it as it comes.
See you on the other side of the finish line!
Thanks for reading!