Ironman Lake Placid Adventure 2016
My first post of the year! A little over a year ago, I volunteered my massage hands at the finish line of Ironman Lake Placid and got inspired to make it back in 2016. This time I wanted to get a massage! I spent a good part of the year training to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. It was a challenging year, but it was really good! The thing I am most proud of is that I managed to train and keep my day job. In fact, the first six months of the year were the busiest six months I’ve had in my practice. Another welcome surprise was the support and encouragement from every direction throughout my training. Both hard core triathletes and those who have little interest in it asked me for updates and wanted to know the details of my training. It is humbling that so many of you took interest in my adventure. If you didn’t know it, you inspired me in countless ways!
Sooo…. It was an absolute blast! The course finishes at the Olympic speed skating oval and the last mile is a sweet downhill. The roar of the finish line can be heard and the legs find speed you didn’t know they still had. What a moment to experience! It’s hard to put into words the feelings that ran through me as I lapped the oval. I’m just going to say I forgot any tiredness or discomfort that accumulated through the day. You can see it in my finishing photo.. I am beaming!
Having done it, I am convinced that every single person who gets to the starting line of his or her first Ironman, has a good long story to tell. If I had to describe the last 8 months of training in a few words.. “I started the training feeling in the best shape of my life but not knowing if I could finish. I finished the training feeling like my body is coming apart at the seams but now a firm believer that I am prepared to finish whatever happens”. The journey of getting to the start line was absolutely worth the effort and a reward in itself.
Come race day, I came ready to celebrate the day no matter the circumstances that can make a total of 140.6 miles a sad looking party … To my surprise, the world was ready to celebrate with me. Everything I practiced came together and it was a beautiful day to swim, bike and run. I got my Ironman massage!