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Race Reports for Ironman Lake Placid

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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Despite a crushing blow (literally) as I came out of the water, I'm very proud of my race here. To take an hour off my time in just one year is incredible.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: It was an absolutely stellar race. The venue had a palpable excitement about it from the moment we got out of the car. The area is beautiful, the people were nice and polite, everywhere I went I felt welcomed and comfortable. The check-in was well organized, the welcome dinner was worth it (although the food was marginal at best), etc. Two days after the race I walked down to the beach and marveled at how 2500 people had been there without leaving any sign of their presence. I was looking at this as a sort of reboot. ChesapeakeMan 2010 tore me up good, mentally and physically. I was so beat down that it took me about two months to be able to run more than two miles, and I gave up endurance training for several months in favor of strength training. Then I just couldn't force myself to keep going with either. Finally, July 2012, I saw registration for IMLP was opened, and I jumped on it. And even with that registration confirmed, I couldn't force myself to stay training. Until January,
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What an awesome venue for an awesome race. It's pretty tough but it was well worth doing.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Greatest event I have done by far. Volunteers and fans were awesome. I cant imagine doing IM again, after such a special experience. Having Laura and the kids there was incredibly special and inspirational. Dave and Mar were super people and so supportive. Later that night, I was able to have a beer and relax - it was the best feeling ever (outside of wedding and kids). I hope I never forget my feelings circling the oval and that night in the chair reminiscing with my favorite people in the world.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race! The hills aren't as bad as people make them out to be. I did all my training on Cape Cod, which might be hillier than people think but is still a far cry from the Adirondacks and I had no trouble with the hills. I'm glad I was expecting it to be bad so that I could be pleasantly surprised though! If you want a finisher jacket get there before 7am to stand in line! They started selling them at 7am and we showed up at about 7:20 and by the time we got in they only had men's smalls and women's larges left. Bummer. Oh well.
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  • Comments: Great race and I am glad I chose an IM branded race as my first Ironman.......I will never forget this experience. The fans, volunteers and townspeople make you feel like a professional athlete and it was AMAZING!!!! I still cant believe it!!!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Great race, glad I finished bummed I wasn't a little faster.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Race was a great experience but the last two impressions were horrible. Course and volunteers were top notch and it was very cool. Great lake to swim in and an awesome bike and run course and fans were great.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I've done a lot of races, and I'm not sure if this is my favorite, but the volunteers were definitely the best. HANDS DOWN. The vibe around town was electric all weekend, and WTC did a very good job keeping everything smooth. I felt like the actual race logistics were much better than IMFL. I will say that I loved the town of Lake Placed, but it kind of felt "too small" to handle the crowd. It was crowded, and everything was VERY expensive. Minor complaint, for sure.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The swim start was a failure for the front of the pack. From what I can tell visiting with people from the middle and back of the pack, it was really rough for everyone on loop two and for many people on the second half of loop one (as the FOP caught up). The volunteers at IMLP are simply overwhelming with their kindness and generosity. It is humbling to be offered so much -- especially when one is nearly helpless -- by a smiling, kind friend. The venue is inspiring. From an effervescent lake to the glory of the High Gorge and Whiteface to the sylvan beauty of Riverside Road, I don't know why anyone would want to race elsewhere -- ever. I simply cannot say enough good things -- but I will try to say more of them at my blog. www.radicalimmersion.wordpress.com. I followed my raceplan and beat the goal time by 3+ minutes. I set a PR at this race/distance by 1 hour, 12 minutes and 10 seconds. It was simply amazing.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The Orange Mango Perform was aweful. Take more salt pills drink more fluids (not pure water)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I had an absolutely awesome first Ironman experience and can't wait for my next one! You can read my full race report at: http://bigskymultisportcoaching.com/2013/08/01/race-report-ironman-...
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The volunteers and crowds, plus the breath-taking scenery really made this a spectacular event. Everything was very well organized. I recommend booking your hotel the same day you sign up for the race. If you're like me and hate swarms of people try looking in Wilmington. My husband and I stayed at Wilkommen Hof (11 miles from town) - it's right on the bike race course and there are good restaurants nearby.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: IMLP 2014 sold out by 9pm on the day after. I'm going to stick to 70.3s for a while, but it was good to check this off the bucket list. Very organized and the swim start was as good as could be expected. Check out the coach patrick youtube videos 1-5 on the course overview. that was helpful for planning. visit in June to scout the course and do Wilmington Whiteface 100km. Rent in Jay, it is quieter out there.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The volunteers were awesome! The people in the medical tent were unbelievably kind. I can't say enough good things about the people in Lake Placid. The scenery was so beautiful, too!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Happy that I completed my first Ironman but I know that I can do better based on my physical ability. I know my body and I know that I could have done 13-13:30. Upset that I was sick and that I had to pee/poop so damn much!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: To take Ironman Lake Placid as your first Ironman is pretty amazing. It's a tough course, but an absolutely gorgeous venue.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Overall, one of my greatest experiences. Can't wait to do another one!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I cant explain how great the volunteers are. They give me faith in the human race. The spectators were awesome also. The atmosphere for this race is amazing. If you are debating doing this race, don't even think about it, just do it.
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  • Comments: This is a great event. The spectators are amazing and the course is fantastic. I would certainly suggest this race to others. Maybe I'll go up and spectate next year and be one of those crazy fools on papa bear.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: PR. Happy.
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  • Comments: if you are contemplating doing this race - just do it! the hills and the pot holes are more than overcome by the amazing scenery, the town, the volunteers, the atmosphere, and the most beautiful swim you will have do. I came home completely refreshed and found it to be the most lovely vacation I have had in a very, very long time because of how relaxing the surroundings were. this IS the race to do!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
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  • Comments: I'd like to come back, but it won't be 2013. IMLP is a special place,that is for sure. I got to the starting line healthy, but undertrained due to some knee injuries, and most important to me, I finished Ironman #2. Great learning experience overall too.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Thanks to my cousin and his family who came up to watch the race. Sorry I wasn't able to provide the epic finish at your first IM viewing, but it was great having you there. I'm glad to hear the girls (and their parents) were inspired by the event anyway. Thanks to the Simmons for hosting us in the days following the race, and to my mom for always traveling with me and spending hours ringing that cowbell.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: A very special day for me. Completing it with (ok after) my wife along with seeing so many family and friends along the course was amazing. Not sure if any race can ever top this. To many family and friends to name, but they all kept my spirits up for the whole race.
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