July 23, 2004

Ironman Triathlon

Ironman is this weekend in Lake Placid, NY. CNN has a very nice article about women ironathletes, who comprise about 1/4 of the field.
The triathlete from Saranac Lake, New York, is raising three kids, teaching part-time and training for Sunday's Lake Placid Ironman triathlon -- a grueling endurance race that combines swimming, cycling and running.

It's not an easy feat. But Lieb, a 45-year-old four-time Ironman competitor, has company. About a fourth of this year's 2,262 competitors are women. That's more than double the number of women who entered five years ago.
What the article doesn't give you is the specs of the event. But I will. Here's the course. 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling, and THEN you get to run the marathon - 26.2 miles of hoofing.

I don't know about you, but my Saturday plans include, oh, 40 - 50 miles of cycling. None of this running and swimming stuff. Tomorrow's weather in Lake Placid is a temperature range of 45 to 68 degrees, and the wind from the North at 9 mph. Not a bad day at all for the nation's fittest.


Posted by hln at July 23, 2004 05:08 AM | Fitness | TrackBack

Okay I admit it, I'm a slug... *sigh* I'll be doing my tai chi and pulling weeds and cleaning out closets... hardly an endurance contest. Ah well, I have never been a good runner anyway - shin splints. Nor have I ever done competative swimming. As for biking - a nice 5 mile ride sounds okay to me. LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at July 23, 2004 02:39 PM