July 23, 2004
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.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.
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.
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