REGISTERED FOR IRONMAN LAKE PLACID 2017!!!

I haven’t written anything new here for a while, but I decided to come back and write about my journey leading up to my first full Ironman.  I am sure there are many of you out there like me, who would love to attempt their first full, but have many questions and fears about the commitment it takes in order to get there.  My hope is that by documenting my journey for you, it will help those like me decide to take on the ultimate challenge of completing my first Ironman.

Many people ask me, “why did you pick Lake Placid as your first race?”  Many of them have “heard” at one point and some have even said from experience that this is one of the hardest Ironman Courses in the world.  This is in part because of the bike course, which I believe provides around 7,000 feet of climb, or elevation.  My reasoning for choosing this race was more for personal and timing reasons than it is the course itself.  For starters, I have 2 children, a 5 year old daughter, and a 3 year old son.  My 5 year old started kindegarten this past Monday, and I didn’t want to pick a race during the school year that would cause her to miss school.  Second, I wanted to make sure I had ample time to prepare.  I have run at least a dozen or more sprint triathlons, 4 or 5 olympics, 1 International, and a Half.  I have also run several Marathons over the past few years as well.  2015 however was a light year for me in terms of racing so I know it will take me a few extra months to be properly prepared.

I hired a coach last week using the Coach Matching service on Training Peaks.  I spoke with several coaches before ultimately finding a level of comfort with a coach who seemed to really understand that while I have a goal to finish with a respectable time, my family at home still takes top priority it my life.  My training schedule will absolutely revolve around that.  I would lying however while doing you a huge disservice if I told you that training for an Ironman is possible without effecting your family life.  This is most definitely a family decision  just as much as it is a personal one.  My coach’s name is Jeff Lukich of Drive Multi-Sports LLC.  We haven’t officially started working together (this starts Sept 1), so I can’t say much about him aside from that he has a genuine interest in helping first time Ironman finish with a respectable time.  In his own words, “if your goal is just to simply finish, then I am probably not your guy!”

My biggest fear in this event is the swim.  No matter how many races I have completed I always find myself anxious about a crowded swim start.  It will be interesting to see what this a coach can teach to help overcome this fear.  The more and more photos I google of the Lake Placid Swim Start, the more anxious I get!

Once my regimine beings on September 1st, I will begin blogging more frequently!  That’s for taking the time to reach my post.  I would love to hear stories from others who have raced LP, or any tips from IM finishers for a first timer!!!

 

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MARATHON COMPLETE!!!

MY FIRST MARATHON IS IN THE BOOKS!!!!  And I might add, at a much faster pace/time than I anticipated.  I ran the Monster Mash Marathon in Dover Delaware on this past weekend, and finished 5th in my AG, completing the race in 3 hours and 50 minutes at an 8:48 pace.  If you remember any of my earlier posts, my goal was run a 9:30 pace so I am totally stoked about this!!!  Below I have included a Mile by Mile Pace breakdown!

Mile 1:  7:58

The first mile was a lap around the inside of the Nascar Track at Dover.  It was pretty awesome lit up as it was still pretty dark at 7:00 am in the morning!

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Mile 2: 8:07

Mile 3: 8:13

Mile 4: 8:20

Mile 5: 8:04

By this point all my early run aches and pains have numbed away and I began to pick up the pace bit.  I was also in the historic downtown Dover area at this point and the scenery was really nice!

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Mile 6: 7:56

Mile 7: 7:43

At mile 7.5 we split off from the Half Marathon runners.  At this point the crowd thinned out a great bit, and it became quite lonely!  My pace also appears as if I slowed a bit in the next two miles, however, I was trying to eat my Stinger Gummies, and did slow down a bit through one of the water stations!

Mile 8: 8:10

Mile 9: 8:15

Mile 10: 8:15

Mile 11: 8:07

Mile 12: 8:27

Almost at the half way point!!!  There were quite a few spectators in this area, including my awesome family!

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Mile 13: 8:31

HALF WAY POINT!  Still felt pretty strong at this point!  No aches, pains or stiffness to speak of yet!  I think the Electrolyte tablets I took really helped!

Mile 14: 8:21

Mile 15: 8:47

Mile 16: 8:55

I slowed up a bit here to eat again!  I started to feel a little swelling in my right foot at this point.  I actually came to a complete stop and loosened the laces a bit!

Mile 17: 8:21

Mile 18: 8:24

Mile 19: 8:58

O boy…. Here comes the GREAT WALL!  I could really feel myself starting to cramp up at this point.  I am not sure if this was due to lack of the correct nutrition, hydration, or simply because I had been training at a 9:30 pace, and was averaging more than a minute faster per mile during the race, but I was definitely winded at this point!

Mile 20: 9:24

Something really neat happened for the next mile, as a really nice runner girl caught up to me here and we began to talk for a while about running, the scenery, even a really low flying airplane that was landing at Dover Air Force Base near by.  Before I knew it, my pace was back in line as my mind again was totally not thinking about running.  I was only able to hold her pace for about a mile and half before I became winded again!

Mile 21: 9:41

Mile 22: 10:22

Really hitting the wall at this point!!!!

Mile 23:  9:58

At mile 23, I caught up to a runner guy and we began chatting over the next several miles.  Turns out he was in the Navy, stationed nearby, and has run quite a few Marathons in his day.  We chatted for the next two miles and again my pace had sped up without even knowing!

Mile 24: 9:21

Mile 25: 9:32

Down the home stretch!!!!  As we rounded the last turn, I could finally see the race track again.  At this point I thanked my running companion for chatting the last several miles and then sped past him to the finish!!!!

Mile 26: 8:48

Mile 26.2 total time: 3:50:40

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What a totally awesome feeling to complete my first ever marathon.  The only injury sustained during my run aside from the normal soreness was that my right foot, small toe was a bit bruised and it hurt to walk on the past few days.  I have been using my trainer this week to stay active, and plan to start running again tomorrow!  I hope to be ready again in time to run the Philly Marathon in November!

Anyone else here planning to run Philly?