Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation

i (heart) ny


Ok, I’m going to put on my NY Ambassador hat for a little here to tell you all a bit about the greatness of upstate NY. For those of you going to Lake Placid in a couple days, this list will hopefully provide you with some ideas of things to do while I’m our on the bike course for 7 hours. For those of you just following the journey, hopefully you’ll be inspired to visit the Adirondacks!

A Little History and Education

  • The village of Lake Placid actually sits on Mirror Lake
  • Lake Placid is located within the Adirondack State Park – which is the largest park in the country with 6 million acres! That’s one fifth of all the land in NYS too!
  • Lake Placid was not only home to the Miracle of the 1980 Winter Olympics, but was also home to the 1932 games. It’s one of three communities in the entire world ever to host the Olympics twice!
  • There are 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks – and that many sandwiches at the little Deli on Main St in Lake Placid Village.
  • Oddly enough, the Albany Times Union ran a story on Lake Placid the weekend I was up there training in June!

Things to Do Around Lake Placid

  • Visit the Olympic Center and Museum – check out an ice skating show or go to the top of the ski jump!
  • Take a Gondola ride at Whiteface Mountain – or rent mountain bikes and ride down the mountain!
  • Sit back and sip a UBU Ale at Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
  • Play golf, browse independent bookstores, go rafting (I highly recommend Whitewater Challengers)
  • Learn how maple syrup is made!
  • Go for a hike! Giant Mountain is right on the route from where you turn off I-87 to get to LP. Here’s me on Giant Mountain a couple years ago!
Giant Mountain - 4,267'

Giant Mountain - 4,267'


Author: sarabstro

My name is Sara Strope. I'm hooked on triathlons. I spend my days building a health tech startup, promoting organ donation, and producing events. Oh, and training!

4 thoughts on “i (heart) ny

  1. 7 hours?? I’m sure you will surprise yourself out there. 🙂

    Anyway, I hope you are holding off on most of these activities until after the race. Like a salty old racer once said, when close to a race – never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can lie down.


  2. Hey you should add “Have a morning Latte at the Coff e Bean”
    Not only the best view in town but the best coffee as well.

  3. Oh oh and a heart would be best emoticized (yes I just made that word) in the following fashion:

    For a while I wondered what everyone was “less than 3-ing” each other about.

  4. Thanks! I promise not to explore the Lake Placid area too much until after the race. I might do an “active recovery” hike with my dad on Mon or Tues. Until then, I’m enjoying the wraparound porch with mountain views.

    I have not made it to the coffee bean yet, but I have picked up a couple of my favorite maple walnut scones at the Bluesberry Bakery – a LP Main St must!

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