Ironman Lake Placid
Ironman Lake Placid is the third oldest Ironman race in the world and one of the most popular. The event goes on sale a year before taking place and sells out in a matter of days. The event takes place in the heart of Lake Placid, a beautiful alpine village in upstate New York that played host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
The Ironman event is no stroll through the mountains, however. It starts at 7am with a 2.4 mile (3.8km) two lap swim of Mirror Lake.
Following the swim, athletes need to strip out of their wetsuits, grab their bikes and begin a gruelling 112 mile (180km) bike ride around the Adirondack Mountains. This requires even the world’s best triathletes to spend around 5 hours in the saddle. Completing the bike ride in itself is achievement enough for a pat on the back, but if you wish to be called an Ironman the most enduring challenge remains ahead.
After changing into running shoes, athletes then need to finish off the race with a 26.2 mile (42.2km) marathon run. From my own experience I can honestly say that running my first marathon was the most physically uncomfortable thing I have ever done, so it will be very interesting to try running one after enduring the other two events!
If you can get through all three events in under 17 hours (you need to complete the course by midnight) you earn the title of Ironman.
So how does one get through all this? With a lot of training! I couldn’t have even attempted an Ironman were it not for the amazing support of my wife. Brynn has supported me continuously in all the crazy fitness endeavours I subject myself to and has never complained once. She is my ironmate and I dedicate this race to her.