In July, I completed Ironman Lake Placid, my second Ironman distance triathlon. This consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run. Because of the long cycling distance, the bike is by far the most important component of the race and of the training. And this isn’t any old bike ride; the course at Ironman Lake Placid is nestled in the Adirondack Mountains and covers over 4000 ft of climbing, culminating with an 11-mile climb up “the notch”.
To get ready for my race, I started training at Greshfit twice during the week, and on weekends when the weather was too icy to get out on the roads. Tim’s high-intensity sessions allowed me to progress through the winter and spring, while condensing a lot of work into a shorter time period so that I could still work my full time job, in addition to training for the swim and run. Greshfit ramped up the intensity of my workouts and the group atmosphere provided accountability along with a social aspect.
When the day of Ironman Lake Placid came, I found that I was more than prepared for the long, challenging, hilly course. I finished the bike strong with plenty of leg left to tackle the marathon run. After achieving my 2017 goal, I’m taking a bit of a break and getting out on the trails before getting back to training for 2018!