Ironman Lake Placid – Keep to your schedule!

Completed Ironman Lake Placid in what was my toughest ironman to date on a mostly rainy, windy day.  1.75 hours of sleep is not enough sleep the night before an Ironman event!

A few reasons for the sleep issue: The AirBnb we stayed at only had a window air conditioner and it didn’t work that well. I didn’t lay out a rigid schedule & stick to it like I usually do for a race. Also arrived on site on Friday so less time required more diligent time management. So hot temps & a bit extra stress from finishing things “just-in-time” put me on edge. Good lesson hopefully learned.

Certain courses match my strengths & weaknesses better than others. I learned Placid isn’t a great fit for me. River/current swims are better for me than Lake swims for me & the bike course had one large descent instead of multiple descents spread throughout. I did enjoy the run & think I would have done a bit better on the run with more of a full night’s sleep (5-6 hours).

 

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Tom Lehr

About Tom Lehr

I grew up in Ohio & went to THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) but I was smart enough to move south where it's warmer. My brother, an experienced triathlete, planned on doing Granite Falls so I figured I'd have to "tri" one since it was close by. 1 Tri turned into 11 my 1st year and then 18 2nd year. I've done over 60 triathlons now & love every one of them. My favorite race last year was Ironman Louisville, my 2nd full Ironman event. Lots' to learn! (like proper nutrition & hydration!). I love the bike, am improving my run and have a lot to learn on the swim! :)