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So you want to be an Ironman

LAKE PLACID -- The line began around 5 a.m. That's when people started standing outside the local high school in order to plunk down over $500 for the right to be part of Ironman Lake Placid 2010.


The Ironman race is a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run. The Lake Placid course is known for a relatively calm water swim but a hilly bike and run that makes for a long and difficult day.

Yet the race slots will likely sell out on site in a few hours.

If you think you want try your hand at Ironman, there are a few things you should know.

"A bad reason to sign up for Ironman would be to try and be competitive against someone else," said triathlon coach Doug Bush based in Ellicottville. "It's not like racing a 5K or a 10K or a half marathon where you can push yourself. You're out there for an extended period of time and really just racing against yourself. Another bad reason would be to have a specific time goal. You have no idea what the race is going to throw at you."

"The bad reasons are pretty common -- to lose weight or to spite people," said tri coach Mary Eggers. "The good reasons are to see what you're made of. "

"It's a lifestyle sport and as long as you take the proper amount of recovery and don't overtrain, it's really a healthy lifestyle," Bush said.

And a note about Laurie from yesterday's blog. Her day ended early as she missed the cutoff time for the first bike loop by just a few minutes.

But she has already signed up for next year to take care of unfinished business.
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