Monday, July 24, 2017

IRONMAN Lake Placid 2017- Part Two

 Part Two of the the Ironman Story:
(photo heavy- big story)
First of all this event starts 
VERY EARLY in the morning.
The athlete and his parents 
left the house at 4:15 AM.
It was DARK then- 
the later crew saw this sunrise.
Cotton candy skies 
hovered over the bike transition area.
Dan spotted where we were 
and was able to greet his little family.
                                                                             photo credit- John Denninger
There is something iconic 
about the Ironman at the 
Lake Placid Olympic site.
Sister Sara and Levi 
joined the family photo group.
Root and Toot
 make out their secret cheer plan.
 The Professionals get in the water
 at Mirror Lake first.
Then you try to pick out your athlete out of 
1000's of black wetsuits.
Professionals wear silver hats.
Men wear green.
Women wear pink.
It is now a rolling start event.
Dan was in the early group
 of faster swimmers.
Then they swim 1.2 miles
 and get out of the water 
and run a half-circle on the beach 
to get back in the water to do that AGAIN.
And you finally just say you saw your athlete
 and start cheering and yell- GO DAN GO!
And ring a cowbell for good measure.
Then you give a whoot whoot 
for a swim time of 1 hour and 2 minutes.
Right on projected swim time.
AMAZING- because you get kicked.
 punched, and pushed in this swim.
It is an open water swim with 2,900 others.
Next you take off walking
 to Papa Bear hill to cheer on the racers.
It is suppose to be a "Bear" of a hill.
Our  "guide" said it was about a mile walk 
and then 1/2 hour later 
 said it was only 2/3 of a mile.
We sat on a rock by the road
 here for a long time.
But, they were playing loud 
classic rock music so it wasn't so bad.
 You make friends
 with the State troopers.
                                                                                  photo credit- Jessica Meier
The NEXT time you come,
 you will bring chalk to write words
 of encouragement 
to your athlete on the road.
                                                                                                                                      photo credit to Kathy Meier
And in the split second 
you look down to get your hat -
after waiting a LONG TIME.
So you get a photo from his momma.
And then his dad loses his voice
 from shouting at the bikers-
"You Got the Bear!"
So you start walking back
 and pick out your someday house -
 all because of those red Adirondack Chairs.
You check the air temperature 
with your tongue.
Early morning temp was 55 degrees.
Afternoon was about 71 degrees.
Partly cloudy with a great breeze.
A perfect Ironman weather day.
But we spotted you this time 
around for a thumbs up.
5 hours 35 minutes to ride 112 miles.
                                    photo credit- John Denninger
Dad- Peter-
"Ironman Traker App on your Phone" Expert.
The technology today 
lets you know exactly 
where your athlete is 
and projected times for each event. 
Time for the race support team
 to go to Starbucks.
Later, we spot our runner 
and give high fives and shout outs.
He asks,
"Where's my boy?"
The next time through he heads 
over to the MMRF 
(Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation)
Cheer tent. 
Now he is fueled with a quick hug
 and squeeze from his little family.
Time to head over to the 
Finish Line Cheer Square.
A wonderful perk for his 
fund-raising efforts for MMRF.
Ironman etiquette?
You cheer on EVERY athlete.
This crew worked hard 
on a long day with 2 one year olds.
When married to an Ironman athlete-
In this place- everyone knows
 about the sacrifice and time given 
to train for this event.  
Down the home stretch.
Cheered on all the way.
                                                                     photo credit- John Denninger
Greeted by the recovery team.

Finish Time
19th Place out of 176
M 30-34
111st  Place out of 1,575
By Gender
120th Place out of 2,199
(lost about 700 athletes 
since this race started)

 The Ironman out of the recovery tent.
And when you finish first for MMRF team
and raise over $10,000 
for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation-
you are a ROCK STAR.
Thank you to all who donated-
what a blessing.


  1. Thank you for the excellent event play-by-play. We followed Dan all day and join the Denninger's and Meier in congratulating him, Jessica and Jack!

    1. thanks- Nancy- it has been a delightful new experience !


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