Lake Placid Ironman 2020

We are all very disappointed with the cancellation not only of IMLP and the IMLP 70.3, but the season as a whole. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anyway to still get out and enjoy the Lake Placid area. In fact, taking some time to explore the area without the race pressures may be even better for some people. Here are a few reasons to visit the area, and a few potentially new things to try out.

Trail running on Cobble Hill, Heaven Hill and the Peninsula Trails. All three areas are runable from town although Heaven Hill is pushing 4 miles each way, plus the loops. All three also offer some great views for the work done, and may also be a good option for family hikes. One person runs ahead while the rest enjoy the walk and scenery. Be sure to find the Lake Placid dam on the Peninsula trails and take the Big Field loop for a great vista in Heaven Hill. For a more challenging out and back check out Haystack Mountain just out of town on 86. A large trailhead for parking, hard to get lost, with a tough last mile to the summit. (About 6.6 miles round trip run. Feels like 7)

Stand Up paddleboarding on Mirror Lake. Put in behind the clamshell at Mid’s Park or down at the beach and take your time going up and down the lake with plenty of chances to jump off in the middle. One training cheat we like to do is the family paddles while I swim behind them. This way we all get to spend time together, it is a bit safer if I get into trouble, and everyone gets something out of it. There are rentals at EMS and toward the beach but they fill up fast. Instead of renting we bring our own; here is a link to the SUP we use on the lake.

Pavement porn on 86 from the top of Papa Bear down to the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway. You might only have to pedal once after you reach Papa Bear now that the road has been repaved. A nice and easy downhill ride. Meet the family at the base of the mountain before you head up for some great views on the top of Whiteface. Either ride back into town or put the bike in the car and take the easy way back.

Check out the waterfalls that the bike course passes. High Falls Gorge is out of town on 86, and is a nice river walk along graded trails with a stairway that takes you down and into the gorge that the falls are in. The kids love this, especially the clear platform that juts out from the cliff. If you follow 86 a bit further than the gorge, over the bridge, where there is a pull over on the right and left sides of the road. The right side has a short hike down to the river with nice views and rock hopping for the kids. Take the other side to hike up the river and towards Whiteface. This is a fun area for mountain biking as well. Don’t forget the water and bug spray.

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5 Non-Bike Triathlon Upgrades

The unspoken secret of the successful triathlete is the quality of their equipment, but most athletes focus too much attention on bike upgrades, and forget about some of the other areas that might be in need of attention. Here we talk about some items that will help with both performance improvements and making triathlons more enjoyable. These are as good for the new triathlete as they are for the seasoned ‘Professional Amateur’. Enjoy.


Let’s face it, the watch is one of the most important pieces of kit we are going to have during a race or training. Heart rate, speed, distance are all captured for instant feedback, and transferred to online applications for tracking and record keeping. Some important features to consider are battery life (especially for Iron distance races), adjustable pool sizes for swimming at home, comfort, and ease of use. This Garmin is a workhorse and will last for years. It has great native integrations with Garmin Connect, and supports safety features such as Live track and incident detection.

Recommendation Garmin Forerunner 945 –


There are few things worse than enduring a poor swim leg of a race. With all of the things that can go wrong and are out of your hands, why chance the few things you can control. Goggles are one of the elements you can control, and there are a few decisions to make with these. After trying out many types, a few features have stood out. The first is an easy adjusting ratchet system to tighten or loosen the straps to keep the water out. This makes last minute tweaks easy and effortless. A soft eye cup that won’t leave you in pain during a long swim, and doesn’t make you look like a racoon at the office after early morning swims. And maybe most important, a light sensitive lens that will darken or lighten based on sun conditions. Because swims often have direction changes there will be different sun exposures throughout. With an adjusting photo chromatic lens, the swimmer won’t have to choose for only one section of the leg.

Recommendation HUUB Aphotic –

Sun Protection

Training and racing have tremendous health benefits, but there are some risks that come with being under the sun in a tank top for hours. Triathletes need to protect themselves from the sun, but this is not an easy task. For starters, many sunscreens are applied before the swim and are largely gone by the time T1 rolls around. Re-applying takes precious time from the finish, and might be the difference between a podium and a participation award. The goal is to use something that works for the whole race with minimal re-application needs. Another consideration is keeping cool on the hottest days. One way to achieve both sun protection and keeping cool is to use a wet neck gaiter. This has the benefit of being reusable, is quick to put on, and the sun protection won’t wear out from sweat.

Recommendation Mission Cooling Gaiter –

Zealios Sun Barrier –


The often over looked post race and workout recovery is the difference between facing a staircase with confidence the day after a long course, or searching for the wheelchair ramp. There are numerous devices and techniques to consider, some being better depending on the situation and fatigue involved. Compression is a great method, from socks to full leg enclosures. The automated systems don’t require much thought and can be done while relaxing or sitting on the couch. Rollers are also very good, and can be easily packed for a destination or travel race. These do require a bit more diligence but are the best for targeting specific areas.

Recommendation Normatec Boots –

TriggerPoint Foam roller –

Gear Bag

Triathlon involves a lot of gear. Multiple changes of clothes, shoes, hats, helmets, sunglasses, water bottles, towels, nutrition, lubes, ointments, you get the idea. Carrying all of this in addition to a bike is not always an easy task. Ideally, a bag is easy to carry WHILE riding a bike to accommodate long parking to transition races. It should also have good storage space with plenty of pockets for specific items, as well as wet and dry pockets to keep your swim gear separate from the rest of your equipment after the race.

Recommendation Ogio Endurance 9.0 –

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