Ironman Lake Placid Report – Part 1: Pre-race
Here is my to-do list:
i) Get insurance (blue cross) [mon] ()
ii) Approve days off (July 23) ()
iii) Let everyone (fellowship) i won’t be here on July 22nd [Wed] ()
iv) Prepare all gears and check everything to ensure it is in good order [thurs] ()
v) Prepare race plan/strategy (my perfect race) [mon] ()
vi) Arrange ride with len and family, give family addy to motel [tues] ()
vii) Call hotel to confirm booked date [tues] ()
viii) get helmet [tues] ()
viiii) arrange w/ Darren, Jeremy, Shelley to what day to get there [wed] ()
x) prepare leadership notes and reposniblities ()
xi) Get US Dollars!! [wed] ()
xii) Cancel specailist [tues] ()
xiii) talk to remy see if they can look at the jumping gears [tues] ()
xiiii) Booked cornhall motel [wed]
I headed to a motel in Cornwall on Thurs night at 7 pm. Cornwall is in the Canada/US border. About an hour drive from Lake Placid. With traffic jam and what not, I didn’t get to the motel till midnight. I checked in and went to straight to bed.
On Fri, I got up at 4:45 am and headed out. The drive to Lake Placid wasn’t bad or difficult. Pretty soon I was in the Adriondack park.
This will be my second open water swim this year. Despite my tore shoulder, I am calm. In my first open water swim at Muskoka Long Course, I freaked out. I thought about that and kicked my own butt.
Cliff, you spent two years in learning to swim. Don’t amount that to nothing. You can do this.
After a few greeting, we put on our wetsuit and took the plunge.
I spent the day hanging out with Darren, his dad, his sis and his wife. It was great. We had breakfast, walked through the expo and registered.
In the registration, they weight me. I was 145 lbs. My bathroom scale was showing me as 149. Guess my scale was off. I am in shape and ready to go.
At the expo, we walked around. I wasn’t interest in the new products. I did picked up a IM race cap. We bumped into Coach Richard. Darren and him chatted and I picked up a last minute race tip. Take the first lap of the bike easy. Take it so easy that you switch down on gear what you normally ride. If you can get your second lap time 10-20 min from your first lap, that’s very good.
After grabbing grocery with Darren, I was off. I booked a motel along the bike course (Upper Jay). While driving the course, I was astonished by how beautiful the place is.
Wow. I can’t believe I will be riding on this course. Sweet.
I checked myself in and started unpacking. By the time I got everything in the motel, I was pretty tired. There is a creek behind the motel which is really nice. I open the back door, hear the sound of the running water and take a nap.
There were many possible scenarios popped up in my mind.
What if you packed the wrong gears?
What if you don’t have enough Infinit powder?
What if you don’t drink enough?
What if you miss one of the instructions?
I reminded myself that to treat it like a long training day and I will be fine.
We had a pasta dinner at 5 pm and a mandatory meeting after The pasta dinner was ok. I met Matthew and Ivey (I met them from Runningroom forum). They brought up the oldest and the youngest person doing the Ironman. They had the pros discussing their strategies. In my mind, all I can think about is going back to the motel and sleep.
I woke up on Sat without setting an alarm. I let my body get as much rest as it wants. I got up feeling very refresh. Good.
I checked my bike and re-duct tape my extra tubes and tire levers. When I pumped my tires, I broke a valve. No sweat, just go to the shop and picked up an extra tubes. I went out for a 20 min spin and a 10 min run afterwards. Body felt ok.
I checked my bike in and set up my gear bags. I stayed in the motel relaxing. I sat by the creek, ate cherries and shaved my legs :). I spent a lot of time talking with God. My family and Len got to the motel by 6 pm. I brought them to Lake Placid, showed them the route, picked up some dinner and headed back to the motel.
I went to bed by 8 pm. I am very glad to see my family here. Super supportive.
In the bed, I realized that everytime my mind made up a ‘hard’ session, I just do it:
– ride Hockley valley 3 times
– 6 hr brick (4 hr bike + 2 hr run) and 2 hr run the day after
– 6 hr brick (5 hr bike + 1 hr run) and 3 hr run the day after
– hill repeats on Mt Nemo (not really a mountain)
– swim 80 laps
– gone through every hardest hill/route I can think of
Yup, I am as ready as I can be. I had never back down. If tomorrow I do not finish, at least I gave it all. 100%. Recalling my previous sessions made me very confident for tomorrow.
I fell asleep hearing the sound of the creek. Tomorrow, up at 3:30 am. Race is on!