A week ago, I raced Ironman Lake Placid. About 80 miles into the bike I knew I was in for a long day. Whether it was mental durability or physical durability, that I was lacking, I'm not quite sure. Either way, I eventually went into "one foot in front of the other" mode. Luckily, in Ironman, you can be rewarded for perseverance alone. The pro women's field got VERY spread out and I knew, barring any major catastrophe, I was probably going to hold onto the place I was in (4th). Indeed, I did. I was very happy to see the finish line.
I walked away feeling pretty disappointed. I did swim well (hello 2nd loop with AGers - I didn't even have to move my arms and I just got sucked around the lake!), but my bike was poor and that resulted in a rough run. But as is usually the case, with some time and reflection, I saw the positives of the day. And there were many:
1) Lake Placid is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and one of the most iconic courses on the Ironman circuit. And I *finally* got to do the race and be a part of it's history. When I first started into triathlon, Placid was one of the only Ironmans in the US! Little known fact: Kim Schwabenbauer and I actually signed up for the race in 2006, together. Then we realized we had no idea what we were doing and riding 112 miles might be a problem. Neither of us ended up racing that year but she went on to race Placid a few years later (and then a few times after that). I always meant to do the race but just never got there. Now it's going to be hard NOT to do the race every year!
|See, told you it was beautiful.|
3) So much support. On the course and from afar. I am so thankful for all the people that took time to cheer, encourage and lift me up when I needed it! I know it's cliche beyond belief, but it's also very, very true - it takes a village and my village is awesome.
So onward to Ironman Wisconsin we go! Because, why not? :) Wisconsin is one of my FAVORITE races. And I like cheese. #nobrainer
|The run from the water to transition is long. But it's all downhill and lots of people cheer for you and you kinda feel like a rockstar.|
|IMLP bike course: not for the faint of heart.|
|IMLP run course: also not for the faint of heart. :)|
|Luckily there was a lot of on course encouragement to KEEP MOVING FORWARD SHUTT!|