The bike ride is two 56 mile loops of the Adirondacks, with about 8,000 feet of elevation gain per the athlete guide. Ironman Lake Placid Bike Course, plotted on Google Maps. Grabbed my bag in T2 and ran into the changing tent again. I saw Fabian around 3 miles and Jackie was going back into the village as I was about to hit the 10K mark. I tried not to swim right on the line but was pushed toward the line by the other swimmers so just tried to draft off of them. There was a great support crew on top of papa bear cheering everyone on, and I leveraged their energy and pretended all the “Go Grace” written on the floor was actually “Go Cathy.” Finally I got back to the village and saw the runners and knew I was close to transition. The weekend included two loops on the bike course (112 miles) and one loop of the run course (13.1 miles) on Saturday, and the second loop of the run course (13.1 miles) on Sunday. 46:10. I came around the finisher chute, saw the red ironman mat, saw Jenny, and David on the left, right before the finish line and heard Matt Riley say, “Jiayan Huang, you are an Ironman.” I had crossed the finish line. We arrived at the parking lot around 4:45AM and took a short 15 min nap before getting on the shuttle bus to transition. My best practice swim time was 1:50 but I seeded myself in the 1:20 - 1:30 corral based on Ildar’s advice that everyone else is seeding themselves faster than actual pace, so I would get stuck behind other swimmers if I didn’t do the same. Worried I would forget something, I re-packed multiple times and used ziplock bags to simulate packing for the gear bags. Instead, you’re given gear bags to pack what you need for each transition, in addition to special needs for halfway through the bike and run. ), which had some strong headwind, and another bathroom break that included reapplying sunscreen, I felt more awake. Ride distances can be tailored to ability level and race schedule. Number of athletes per agegroup, country or finish time. Race weekend Friday - I finished packing around 1AM Friday morning (so much for getting extra rest before the race!). You’ll find yourself racing past historic Olympic sites including the ski jumps, 400 meter outdoor speed skating oval, and the 1980 Arena, home of the “Miracle On Ice”. In fact, after I did the half-ironman distance in Lake Placid in 2017, I said I would never do a full in Lake Placid… But when you’re surrounded by the same “crazy” friends who like to push the limits, you inevitably end up signing up for one. I ate some chips and pretzels on some of the aid station, took a few licks of salt from salt base to prevent cramping, and continued taking water and shoving ice down my sports bra. The Ironman Lake Placid Training Camp is on Friday May 31, 2019 to Sunday June 2, 2019. Coach Patrick of Endurance Nation gives a review of the Bike and Run courses of Ironman Lake Placid at the 2011 Triathlon Rally. Fueled by his positivity, I picked up the pace a little right into transition. I was carrying a banana with me to eat 30 mins before my swim start. The best part of swimming in Mirror Lake besides the calm water is a cable line that holds the buoys and marks the swim course. So happy to see David and Jenny - right after first loop of bike! It was more of a mental block on my end that I wanted to train so I had this 4:00 mark on my mind when I started the marathon. I stuck to the same nutrition plan of eating every 45 mins and drinking water and gatorade (when my SIS water ran out) so I wouldn’t bonk on the run but I couldn’t keep to the same pace as before. Knowing it was something outside of my control, I just hoped for the best. I had learned from other Ironman friends that Ironman is not like your traditional triathlon where you get to lay out all your race gear for each segment. By Raymond Britt The Ironman Lake Placid Bike course is one of the most beautiful, but also one of the toughest 112-mile Ironman rides you’ll ever experience. I stopped at every aid station to either get water or shove ice down my sports bra to stay cool. At the turnaround point I saw Ildar again and he tells me I’m about to finish under 13 hours if I kept up this pace. I was trying to do math to see if I could hit my marathon goal but I was estimating maybe 4:03 or 4:04, which was ok too. Beyond t… All I wanted to do was pull over and take a nap. In my first lap, I was in a vortex of much faster swimmers and they helped pull me along. For now, I’m basking in this sweet victory. David was really great at trying to help me relax on the drive up to Lake Placid, and didn’t let me split the five-hour drive so that I could focus on positive race visualization. It was hot and with 16 miles left (which were mostly uphills) and a sore butt, I was losing steam. I grabbed my bag from transition and ran into the changing room. I tried to dry myself off with the towel I packed before changing into dry clothes. We went for an easy 30 min swim before heading for our Airbnb to make a pasta dinner and pack our gear bags. Ironman Lake Placid - Distance: 72.00 km - Elevation: 632 hm - Location: Lake Placid, New York, United States of America Going back into the village around mile 12 was when we hit that big hill we started with, and I decided to walk it. Around 50 miles, I started to feel very full. I finally got to do my business and continued the ride. Bike The key bike workout will be on Saturday and will include a 56 to 112 mile bike around the race course. The Keene descent at Ironman Lake Placid. I focused on putting one foot in front of the other and was able to broke up the marathon into smaller miles, like thinking about the early morning runs I did with Maria and Kieran on Mondays and Fridays. And to Jessica and Jian for calling me impromptu at always the perfect moment to ease my concerns, and sound advice to focus on one week at a time. For more, see Ironman Lake Placid Bike Course: What to Expect and our complete Ironman Lake Placid Coverage. While the course features exceptional scenery and some very generous downhill sections, the course can demoralize and defeat riders on the last 10 miles of each lap. We arrived at the athlete check-in around 1PM and met up with Vikram, Yin, Jackie and Nima for athlete briefing. Peek the missing timing chip on my left ankle. For the run, I had a secret goal of 4 hours, and it was actually my only goal for the Ironman. It wasn’t until two weeks before the race that I finally felt ready for the Ironman. Having done this race as a mass start and rolling start, I can say that the rolling method is FAR SUPERIOR to the previous mass start. There was one more small out and back and this is where I saw Ildar who told me I was crushing it. It was fairly difficult to find any one tool that conclusively compared the two courses, so I used a few different methods. Saying farewell to my gear bags on Saturday - not your usual transition site! Join Coach Patrick from Endurance Nation (www.endurancenation.us) as he walks you through the layout of the Lake Placid course. Swim: The swim course will close 2 hours and 20 minutes after the last age group athlete starts the swim.Each athlete will get the full 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the 2.4 mile swim regardless of what time they enter the water. Mixture of tears and joy as I crossed the finish line. A site where those training for Ironman Lake Placid (July 24, 2016) may gain inspiration and monitor their training progress among others who are preparing for the same race. Of course, everyone else seemed to have skipped the earlier station and there was a queue for the porta potties. DIRECTIONS: Take Route 73 south out of Lake Placid, pass the Cascade Lakes, and head down the infamous Keene Hill. Olivier Marceau, pro and local triathlete, holds the second best time on the Strava segment, but on race day, Croatian Andrej Vistica was the fastest climber. It’s been a little over four weeks since I completed Ironman Lake Placid and it still feels surreal that it’s done. Vik and I wanted to get to transition right when they opened (4:30AM) in case there was limited parking (we were staying in Keene), so we headed out earlier than Nima, Yin, and Jackie. Tri shorts don’t have as much padding so I was feeling the pain. I initially said no but I think a part of me will want to. I didn’t want to waste effort going up the steep hill and risk cramping, which worked well for me. We couldn’t have done it without this support group. I saw TriLife members, David, Jenny, and Vik around the halfway point, which gave me another boost. While I almost never met this schedule, my training plan was to swim 2-3x, run 2-3x (two early weekday runs, and one run on the weekend after a bike ride), and bike 2-3x a week. The Endurance Drive crew traveled to Lake Placid, NY, in early June for an IRONMAN simulation weekend to prepare for IM Lake Placid in July. At the beginning of the run, the sun was out and it was HOT. While there are still people everywhere, it isn’t quite the thrashing, gnashing wrestling match that it’s been in previous years. You have small hills in the beginning, then a huge descent, then hills, more hills, and more hills. I was most worried about the potential rain forecast, especially if it happened while I was on the Keene descent. After dreaming about crossing the Placid finish line for over a year and a lot of training (in 2019 alone I ran swam 296,222 yards, biked 4397 miles, and ran 932 miles), I’m pleased to report that IRONMAN Lake Placid was a success.I finished with a smile and punched my ticket to the October IRONMAN … In hindsight, I should’ve packed gels with caffeine to wake myself up but since I never got sleepy on training rides, I didn’t think I’d need them. 2019 IRONMAN Lake Placid Race Report by Katie Clayton. Started with Rick H. Finished after Rick. I can’t say I remember all the details of the bike, especially the first loop. Lets cut to the chase. I also finally felt comfortable (enough) going down Keene to not brake the whole way down. My reason for Ironman Lake Placid is redemption. Mirror Lake is narrow, and when you had almost 3,000 people starting to swim at once, it was an absolute mess. It is a bit off-the … While I’m not exactly learning to ride the bike for the first time, Lake Placid Ironman’s 112 mile bike course–which covers roughly 6,000 feet of elevation change–does require that I learn a few new tricks to ride efficiently, strongly, bravely. Stick to your own training plan and recognize what works best for us individually is based on work demands, family balance, other hobbies, personal goals, and limiting ourselves to avoid injuries or negative effects of overtraining. I had watched a Ted Talk on “The Power of Now” before the race and it talked about focusing on the present to get through the run/difficult part of the course. It was a goal because before this year, in all my triathlons, I felt terrible on the run. I could tell everyone around me was feeling the heat and humidity and most were walking by this point. He say’s that there was no change to the bike course, but that is obviously wrong. The swim is an age group rolling start keeping all swim buoys to your right. My garmin watch showed about 7 hours for the ride so I was still on track with where I thought I’d finish. From the encouragement (read: coercing) to sign up for the race, to the training buddies who made sure I logged miles, and family and friends who provided mental and emotional support leading up to, during, and after the race - thank you! I didn’t realize I would have the opportunity to change for each legs until a week before the race and had done all my long rides with tri shorts, so since nothing new on race day, I was racing in tri shorts. What: A race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile marathon When: July 26, 2015 Where: Lake Placid, New York Who: Meredith Atwood, AG 35-39 (and 2500 other people). 2. Bike Transition 1 took ten minutes, so by the time I was on my bike, my heart rate had slowed, and I was feeling pretty relaxed. I didn’t stop at that aid station but a few miles later, the urge to pee was bad. This was an interesting experience as everyone was quickly stripping and volunteers were trying to help us get dressed and sunscreened up before the run. Of all three sports, I trained the least in running. My reason for Ironman Lake Placid is redemption. IMLP is a hilly course, but also an iconic race and one of the longest running Ironman events, or so the friends who were already registered told me when they were encouraging/coercing me to sign up. All athletes plan their effort differently. RACEDAY - I managed to fall asleep almost right after going to bed but woke up a few times throughout the night until my alarm finally went off at 3AM. The water temperature is typically in the high 60s to low 70s. Fitness, #140.6, #bike, #bound, #ironman, #kona, #kq, #lake, #of, #perfect, #placid, #pursuit, #race, #run, #swim, #the, #triathlon. I had such a great race experience and want to hold on to that high a little longer. The Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon course is a beautiful course set in the heart of the Adirondacks. In reality, I had a great training week if I swam 1x, bike 2x (usually only over the weekend), and ran 2-3x a week. Training hours per week varied between four hours to peak of 15 hours (more in June when I ramped up the long bike rides). Course -General. Some may say this was wasted time but comfort was important to me. Knowing I likely won’t get much sleep on Saturday, I was in bed by 10:30PM. Swam 3 k in Mirror Lake from 6-7. I finished the second lap in 49 mins for a total swim time of 1:32 - 20 mins faster than I expected!!! A volunteer came over to help me with my socks and I ate half a banana (the other half fell), drank 3/4 bottle of water before I ran out of the tent and to my bike. Short lived because around 60 miles I was SO sleepy. I bought new ROKA goggles at the Oval. During the practice ride, I was able to climb the second round of mama bear, baby bear, and papa bear with ease but I struggled on race day. Real Ironmen and Ironwomen do this twice! Most people take 6-7 months to train for an Ironman but given I was short on time, I tried to maximize my training by incorporating brick workouts (doing two different sports with minimal rest time in between) to help my body adapt, focusing on swim drills to improve my technique, and doing one long bike ride during the weekend. Ironman Lake Placid Bike Strava Routes. Congrats to Jackie, Nima, and Yin on finishing! The bike ride is two 56 mile loops of the Adirondacks, with about 8,000 feet of elevation gain per the athlete guide. Then you repeat that again. But between the combination of being the busiest time at work, buying an apartment, and moving to Queens, I didn’t start triathlon training until late March. Between going down Keene descent (very happy to report no rain at this point because I had shaved off time during the swim! My legs were getting tired but again I thought of the Ted Talk and kept thinking, one foot in front of the other. I was eating and drinking on schedule but perhaps too much since I didn’t practice this before, or I didn’t factor in the half bananas I grabbed from volunteers. Sign up for Strava to save this route and share it with your friends. Mile markers are approximate. For finishes around 12-hours, the numbers should be increased by a third (i.e. 2021 IRONMAN Lake Placid will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. I had decided before the race that I would change my entire outfit again so that I would be comfortable on the run. Several people have asked me how Ironman Coeur d’Alene compares to Ironman Lake Placid, namely the bike courses. I walked the big hill again and knew I only had about 3-4 miles left even though my watch was showing me something different. After getting to transition, I lost Vik and didn’t see him again until I was on the run. Trying to stay off our feet, we checked into our new Airbnb before joining TriLife’s pasta dinner (thank you CC for making that delicious meal for all of us!). If you’re lucky, a volunteer would’ve already grabbed your bike while you were changing but given I was middle of the pack and there was so many of us, I grabbed my own bike. IRONMAN Lake Placid Race Day Recap Part II -- Bike. You have small hills in the beginning, then a huge descent, then hills, more hills, and more hills. This is my first loop of the Lake Placid Bike Course. I remember going a little easier in the beginning, enjoying the beautiful views, going down Keene, some hills, eating every 45 mins, drinking every 10-15 minutes, taking two salt tablets per loop, and successfully grabbing water and bananas from the volunteers in the aid stations without unclipping or falling off my bike. Just bring your bike to use at the IRONMAN Village and we will get you taken care of: Bike Build/Disassemble Packages >>> Bike Build - $149. The Ratings are based on a 9-hour Ironman (consisting of a 55 minute swim, a 4:50 bike and a 3:10 run plus five minutes for T1 and T2). There’s Mary running behind the guy to give it back to me! It was a secret goal because I didn’t think I can do it since I ran only 15-25 miles a week and had done no speed work. Yin, Jackie, Nima and I went to Lake Placid for a training weekend. Results: - Finish time of 12:55:00 – 20th in AG; 104th in Gender; 619th overall - Swim 1:32:56 - T1 8:56 - Bike 7:06:21 - T2 9:25 - Run 3:57:24 Where it all started If you told me when I first started doing triathlons 5 years ago that I would one day compete in an Ironman, I would’ve told you you’re crazy. I decided to focus on the why, the how (training), and the race so that if I ever decide to do this again, I’ll remember what some of the main drivers were. Will never forget this moment. I ended up not using the special needs bag for the run since I planned to carry my gels. One thing I love to do is bike the course in reverse, climbing up through the Cascades, giving me time to take in the mountains cut by the lakes and winding road. Around 30 miles, I saw a porta potty and started thinking about needing to pee. I couldn’t be more happy to get off my bike and handed Eleanor to a volunteer to rack her. I only rode it twice when I had a power meter, and my AP was 185W and 191W and those were the times in the 5:27 to 5:35 range (with a flat). I wanted a course that would have an easier swim and Mirror Lake is exactly that. Good thing she saw that or my time wouldn’t have recorded! I DNF the Age Group Nationals Champion Triathlon last year, which was the first time I DNF. My longest run was 13 miles 8 weeks before the race, but I was trusting my running base that I’ll be ok for the marathon. For triathlons your age is for end of the year, not your actual age. I really wanted to pee but I was about to go through the finisher chute and blocked out the thought. It took me a long time to write this recap because there were so many different aspects of my journey that I wanted to convey without making this recap even longer. Lake Placid Marathon & Half Marathon Course. This part of the course has a small out and back so I was thinking maybe I’ll pee on the way back. See above. 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