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Race: Ironman USA
Location: Lake Placid, NY
Website: http://www.ironmanusa.com/
Type: Triathlon - Ironman
Comment: Hawaii Qualifier --- an Ironman North America event.

Comments from RATS

1. Aaron Schwartzbard: There are two obvious ways to get to Lake Placid from Northern Virginia. The western route starts up I-270. The eastern route starts up I-95. The western route is about 30 miles longer, but it's prettier, there's less traffic and there are no tolls. Each route takes between eight and nine hours. I prefer the western route (270 (or 15) to 70 to 81 to 88 to 87).

Sure, it might be the middle of summer, and it might be hot and humid at home, but it's not unusual for the temperature to go down to the 50s during the nights in late July. Bring something warm.

After you drop off your dry clothes bag on race morning, you'll have to walk somewhere between .25 and .5 mile to drop off your special needs bags and get to the lake. Since you'll only have your swim gear, you'll have nothing on your feet. If you'd prefer not to walk around for a half hour in bare feet, bring a pair of throw away shoes (cheap sandles) to wear, and throw them away just before you get into the lake.

I put some pictures of the area and race (from 2005) here:

2. Brady DeHoust: Very imformative race course briefing from Gordo Byrn: http://www.byrn.org/gtips/imlp.htm
3. Brady DeHoust: Aaron's xtri article:

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Scott Weinhold

Sunday, July 20, 2008
Scott Baldwin 9:57:57 (View Report) 25 + 8 + 2 = 1 (A 25 year dream + 8 years of training + 2 year plan = 1 goal complete)
Erik Melis 15:13:52 (View Report) First IM - New transition gear item added - webbed feet
Mairead Melis
Tony Stocker 16:07:02 (View Report)
Jen Tallman 16:41:38 (View Report) The most awesome day of my life!
Stacy Taylor 12:58:06 (View Report) A Day of Biblical Rains and Watermelon Angels

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Brady DeHoust 9:51:00 (View Report) Opportunity

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Scott Baldwin 10:19:51 (View Report) Could not have asked for a better day
Brett DeWitt
Paul Spencer 12:12:48 (View Report) First Ironman
Ted Waugh 10:28:27 (View Report)
Kyle Yost 10:15:30 (View Report) Third Time's a Charm....Or....How 6 Minutes Saved Me $$Thousands

Sunday, July 24, 2005
Chris Broering
Michelle Henry
Alex Rochette
Ted Waugh 10:27:06 (View Report)

Sunday, July 25, 2004
Scott Baldwin 100:40:39 (DNF) (View Report) DNF - first ever - hopefully last
Brady DeHoust 10:18:29 (View Report) Best IM on the course that handed me my worst.
David Glover 9:49:02 (View Report) It's not about the slot....so why do it?
Mike Guzek 11:25:10 (View Report) You don't know how much I need you....
Michelle Henry 15:19:42 (View Report) My first Ironman - Woo Hoo!
Alex Rochette 12:16:17 (View Report) Wanderings of an under trained first timer
Aaron Schwartzbard 10:55:24 (View Report) Gotta work on the bike - 1:03:56 / 5:05 / 6:24:44 / 3:31 / 3:18:10
Steve Smith 10:29:18 (View Report) Surprisingly few surprises: s/53:43 b/5:38:49 r/3:49:35
Mike Tine 12:17:17 (View Report) Awesome swim and bike (keeping up and even passing 2 of the women pros), joint trouble on the run.

Sunday, July 27, 2003
Scott Baldwin 10:58:47 (View Report) First IM
Brady DeHoust 11:39:20 (View Report)
Mike Guzek 11:19:56 (View Report) 5th IM race
Ted Purnell (DNF) (View Report)

Sunday, July 28, 2002
Mike Guzek 11:31:21 (View Report) First time doing this race.
Aaron Schwartzbard 11:11:03 (View Report) Splits: 1:08:26 / 4:32 / 6:16:36 / 2:33 / 3:38:58

Sunday, July 29, 2001
Aaron Schwartzbard 11:30:41 (View Report) First Ironman - 1:10:19 / 5:34 / 6:09:55 / 2:47 / 4:02:08

Sunday, July 30, 2000
Antonio Panizza 12:40:41 (View Report) My first Ironman!

Sunday, August 15, 1999
David Glover 10:19:24 (View Report) Inaugural race; Two flats on tubulars and only one spare! :(