Lake Placid Ironman 05

Lake Placid Ironman 05

I slept well and feel relaxed this morning. I know I can only do so well based upon the fact that my longest run has been 57 minutes, I haven’t swam 2.4 miles since my last Ironman and I just had knee surgery less than 3 months ago. I am not complaining, but the odds seem to be against me this year.

Kelly and I walk to the swim start and jump into the lake for the crazy swim start. Doing this race in the past is huge for your nerves, I think the swim start freaks most people out the most. This year I line up on the right side on the front row. I am not interested in getting pummeled on the left side (because of my swim speed I would just get swum over). The canon blows and we are off. I settle in and keep it steady. Something strange starts to happen, my computer chip has slid from my wetsuit and is dangling from my ankle. Now I’m not sure if I should kick. And I’m worried that someone will grab it and knock it off. Okay, let’s not worry about it and move on. It takes me all the way to the turnaround buoy to get to the swim line (this is the line that holds all the buoys in place). I head back and fix my chip at the end of the first lap. I slide it back under my wetsuit, check my watch (34 minutes and change) and jump back in for lap 2 of the swim. 2nd lap goes a lot smoother and I finish the swim in 1:10:29. I did a 1:04 and a 1:06 in 03 and 04. But I wasn’t too worried about 5 minutes in an Ironman. The only problem is when I get to the transition tent, it is so crowded that i change standing up and grab my bike for my favorite part of the ironman (The Bike). I start the long climb out of town and i am passing people and I am not beating myself up. I see Sara and give her a thumbs up as I pass (she is moving along at a good clip). I make it to the top and settle in for a fast descend down to Keene. I stayed in my aerobars down most of the hill and towards the bottom I get passed by a young girl. I am doing close to 50 and the only one who passes me is a girl named “Katie” (it said that on her number). So as it flattens out I get back in a rhythm and pull next to Katie. I give her a thumbs up and say “Nice”. She smiles and I am off. I pass Jim M. down in Keene (he probably had a great swim). This stretch along the river is fast, but you have to be careful not to smoke yourself for the stretch of climbs before Hazelton. I still feel good on the climbs and get a glimpse of a Cyclonaut uniform. As I approach I notice that it is Doug Guertin with Tim Gerry just behind him. Doug seems to have had a great swim and is having a great race. I pass them and continue to the out and back stretch down Hazelton. Hazelton is great because you can see who is ahead of you as they are coming towards you. At this point my legs feel good, but my stomach isn’t allowing me to eat and I think I am going to dump my Ensure for water and gatoraide. I haven’t used Ensure in the heat and it seems to be wreaking havoc on me. Water seems to go down, but that’s all I feel like drinking (Im not even in the mood for a hotdog). The first Cyclonaut I see on his way back is Mike Gay, then I see Mike Roberts and then I see Win Whitcomb. I make the turnaround and get to see who is behind me. I was a little surprised how close Doug was to me. My computer says I am doing good, so he must be having a good day also. I haven’t raced yet this year and I don’t know who is racing well either. The Hazelton stretch goes by quick and then it’s onto the final stretch along Whiteface. About halfway up the climb I pass Win. I just tell him to relax during his first lap of the bike (the 2nd one stings). At this point i have decided that the marathon is out of the question and I will just ride the 112 and pack it in. The climbs up the Cherry’s and the Bears seem to be a lot harder than last year and I now know that you have to do your homework for this race. I pass all the spectators on Papa Bear and signal to them that I will see them in a few minutes. I have just decided to pack it in. If I can’t eat, Im not going to be able to ride 112 miles without blowing myself to death. I pass transition in 2:40 and pull into the transition and turn my chip in. The volunteers try to give me a pep talk about not giving up and that “I can do it”. Ya, I know i can do it. My heart is just not in it and my stomach feels like dirt. I figure I can take a quick shower and head out on the course to support Kelly and the rest of my teammates. It was awesome to watch everyone. You get to see a lot more pain, than when you are doing the race. After seeing everyone’s pain I have to wonder why I turned my chip in and didn’t continued on. I should have just turned my number in months ago.

This was Kelly’s first ironman and it was exciting to watch! It looked like she could break 14 hours early into her 2nd lap of the run. Of course the 2nd lap is when you learn a lot about yourself. You just want to quit and go home, but you just lay it on the line and continue to plug along. Kelly finished in 14:20 and almost passed out at the finish. Now all we have to do is get Chris to do one and we will be the Ironfamily.