Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation

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Get Inspired

What gets you going from day to day? Feeling ready to conquer new things? Is it the sunshine after an eternity of rainy days? Maybe it’s a good tempo run early in the morning. While these things definitely get me past the urge to hit snooze as my alarm clock buzzes at 5:30 each morning, my friend Jim’s pursuit of the Ironman may just be all the inspiration I need to keep training.

Jim’s Journey to Lake Placid

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of “Day Zero” – Jim’s bone marrow transplant – he accepted a nomination to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2008 “Man and Woman of the Year” fundraising campaign. From April 10 to June 14, he will be trying to raise the most money among the candidates and help his local chapter of the Society raise $1 million. Jim set an extremely ambitious fundraising goal for his campaign — $140,600!

Wondering where that number came from? Well, 140.6 is the number of miles in the Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run =140.6 miles).

Pretty inspiring, huh?


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The House at Lake Placid

I love camping. I love the Adirondacks. But camping before the Ironman, just seemed like a bad idea. Given my luck at the North East and Dewey tris last year, I know I have a knack for bringing the rain with me when camping before a race. Plus, I knew if I wanted any supporters (which I will desperately need from mile 12 on of the marathon), I would have to figure out something convenient.

So began my search for a house in Lake Placid from July 16-22! After countless searches on Adirondack rental sites, Craigslist, and more, I quickly learned that I was about 6 months too late. IMLP is THE event of the summer. People sign up for the race a year in advance, so of course they secure housing as well. But, I had the brilliant idea to sign up in December and look for housing in February. My prospects were looking pretty grim until I spoke with Marti from John La Selva Real Estate! She uncovered the PERFECT house at Lake Placid!

Lake Placid House

Not only will this house fit my growing crew of supporters (Mom, Dad, Seth, Sharon, Evie, Mona and Andrew confirmed so far), but it is located right next to the transition area! Yay! That means I can sleep later and all my supporters can relax while I’m biking somewhere between Keene and Jay for hours.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and was recently updated. Of course, I’m most excited about the kitchen!

Lake Placid House KitchenLiving RoomMaster Bedroom