Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation

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Ironman #2 – Race Anxiety

Yes, I raced Ironman Lake Placid last year.

Yes, I finished.

Yes, I am an Ironman.

So, why on earth would I have any anxiety over Ironman Wisconsin?  What’s the big deal, right?  To be honest, I feel like a newbie all over again.  This year’s Ironman race is a whole new adventure for me.  Besides being in a new location (Madison, WI as opposed to Lake Placid, NY) and a different time of year (September vs. July), my preparation for the race was completely different.  I spent the first half of the season just trying to figure out where to ride my bike in Boston.  I swam by myself mostly at the Charlestown Y.  I had to reward myself with coffee at Sorelle or Zumes, but it wasn’t the same as gabbing with the girls after mornings at Eastern Market.  And, most importantly, I had to overcome a bike accident and regain confidence on the bike.

So, I’m packing my race bags right now, fretting over what to bring and feeling a little anxious.  Then, I start to recall a few key things for this Ironman

  • Remember to respect the distance
  • Be prepared for any type of weather
  • Know that every workout over the past 26 weeks counted
  • Be grateful for the family and friends who helped along the way
  • And smile every time I see Mom, Dad, Beth and Serendipity on the course!

Here’s to a great race on Sunday!



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'

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When in France…

We all know that traveling and training can be a challenge. I shared the story below with Paul at the pool this week and he insisted that I post it.

With three weddings and several other long weekend trips lined up for this Spring, I decided to take a stab at planning out my workouts along with plane tickets and hotels. Thanks to sites like Map My Run and Run the Planet, squeezing in runs from San Diego to Paris is not too much of a problem. But swimming? In France?

Here’s what I learned in Lille last weekend:

Prior to arriving in Lille (about two hours north of Paris) for a wedding, the bride-to-be, armed me with all the info I needed for my workouts during the wedding weekend in her hometown: maps of the town park, hours for two town pools, and bike rental places. So, on Sunday morning, feeling a little groggy from all the champagne consumed the night before, I trudged over to Piscine Triolo for my hour swim. After paying my 2.80 Euros and making it through the locker room/coat check confusion, I found myself in the middle of the pool deck.

The place was packed at 10 am on Sunday! A line of children waiting for the slide wrapped the pool deck. Three lap lanes were filled to the brim – there were about 10-15 people per lane – all swimming breaststroke! I squeezed my way into a lane and pushed through a few hundred yards of free. But, once a young couple in my lane took a break between laps to make out, I knew it was time to go.

Have you had a challenge training while traveling? Any tips for training while on the road? Please share or read more from the DC Tri Club!