Ironman Lake Placid 2015 - by Mike Meachum
I keep reading all the race reports on here and most people don't seem like they had a good race. I had the time of my life so here's mine.
My swim like everyone else was crowded but it was fun. I couldn't understand why everyone was so tight then I lifted my head and wow, we were at turn 1!!! I felt like someone was pushing me along the entire swim, in fact I was bummed that it was over and I beat my time by 6 minutes. The volunteers ripped that wetsuit off and I was gone.
A couple weeks ago I had the great opportunity of meeting Dave James Tzakanikas, whom I had never heard of but happens to be a well known ultra running champion. Our Team Red White & Blue chapter had organized a trail run with him in Danbury, CT. I did the logic thing to do when people don’t know something, I googled him. I was in shock when I learned about Dave, his story, his records and his road to becoming a world champion. I was even more ecstatic of the fact that I was about to go on a run with him. During the trail run we talked about running (shocking). Dave suggested I should attend the 2014 Team Red White & Blue Trail Running Camp as the 2013 camp was soon approaching and he wasn't sure if I could still get in. I did not know much about trail running but the idea of attending a camp seemed interesting.
Pumpkinman Half Race Report
My goal was to stay away from the Ironman crowds in the days leading up to the race. The hype gives me unnecessary anxiety. Kevin and I drove the bike course Saturday after I checked in my bike. We drove along 117 and then up the Chemin Duplessis. I knew the course would be hilly, but I had no idea it would be that hilly. I was speechless. After driving it, I began readjusting my expectations for the race. I knew that in order to have a successful Ironman debut, I had to stick to coach Kelly’s race plan and not let my nerves or excitement get the best of me.
IM MONT-TREMBLANT RACE REPORT
While we were in Lake Placid last weekend, Shaun got some fantastic footage of the Ironman Lake Placid Run Course (below). Lake Placid is one of my favorite run courses of all time. It is a double loop course hat can be broken into four parts -- Downhill, Rolling, Uphill and Lake Placid club Drive -- that you repeat twice.
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So this was just an all-around fantastic weekend. From the time I knocked off of work on Tuesday, to my parents arriving in town on Thursday, to the banquet Thursday, and the race on Saturday I had the best time at my first Ironman. As I’ve told a few people it is worth every penny spent and every hour invested for that feeling you get crossing the finish line.
So I’ve been really psyched for this race for the past few months. First of all I get to race. I’m somewhat of a competition junky. Secondly Kelly was coming down from Connecticut to race too. Lastly it was a nice warm up for Ironman Texas.
I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and rolled down to Galveston to meet up with Kelly and Shaun for breakfast. We spent the rest of the morning, eating, talking shop, and driving the course. Driving the course I you could see the flags indicating pretty much a straight crosswind. So this came in quite useful. I had planned on a headwind heading out and a tail wind coming back. I needed an alternate pacing plan for the bike. The rest of the day was spent off our feet, writing training plans, except for athlete check in.
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