From the city of Chicago to the Adirondacks, we’ve certainly taken to extremes. While we loved the big city and hustle bustle, there is no place like Placid. It’s become a second home for our family over the years we’ve come here.
Ironman is what brought us here back in 2002, and along the way we have developed friendships with the town and the athletes that come here each year. If you have never been here, it needs to be on your list of places to experience. It’s an entirely different world.
Today I got to swim here, in Mirror Lake. Two loops, no wetsuit, some intervals, and life feels to be in balance again. I always stop at the far end of the lake and tread water for a few minutes, as I look around. There is nothing, and I mean nothing like being surrounded by the beauty of these mountains.
Team Eggers is here supporting our friends and our Valor Triathlon Project athletes through their races on Sunday. Ironically we have a smaller group here this year…. IMMT, Muskoka and IMMD seem to be our team’s focus races somehow. We’d be here anyways to be truthful.
I love this course. There is magic out there on those roads. I always tell my athletes that during the moments of Ironman, when it gets dark, remember to sit up and look around. Take that moment to realize where you are. Draw not on the numbers on a watch or power meter but on the energy surrounding you. There is no power more beautiful than nature, and if that seems cheesey, show me a situation where it does not ring true.
Take Hawaii for example. Madame Pele takes care of what needs to be taken care of. Trust me on that.
There is nothing more powerful than the energy of the world around you. Draw on it. Take from it. Use that to your advantage.
Amy mentioned to me the other day the concept of racing with curiosity. Be curious about your race. I loved that. Be curious about what you can accomplish rather than focused on what some silly calculator predicted you would do. You are always faster than the numbers. The numbers are good, the numbers are important, the numbers help guide us. On race day… what you dream, what you believe and what you have in your heart aren’t able to be measured by a watch or in beats per minute. The only one who can take it from there, is you.
Let your race unfold. Let it come to you. Let it happen. Don’t hold yourself back (that’s not to say go balls to the wall the first 30 miles).
If you are familiar with the story of Secretariat the horse…. click here if you are not….. remember that the jockey never whipped Secretariat. Ericka (Musselman champ) and I discussed this at length a few weeks ago, it’s a powerful realization if you are open to realizing it.
He never whipped the horse. He felt the horse underneath him, he allowed himself to connect to it. He trusted his horse. He could feel the breath, he could feel his musculature, he allowed the race to come to him and he allowed Secretariat to be open to possibility.
Be the same way. Trust yourself. Trust the training you have put in over the past year. Trust the dreaming. Trust the nerves. Trust the feeling of being overwhelmed.
And let it happen. It will and it will be beautiful I promise. I definitely promise that.
Lake Placid is a very special and unique place to travel 140.6 miles. Don’t discount that. While Ironman Florida is a nice and fast course, what do you draw from? The hotel architecture?
Savor every minute of this day. Understand that you are not only prepared for this, but you have a privilege to do this, and that’s a privilege denied to many.
Good luck, enjoy your day and savor it. Let it come to you, and don’t forget to LOOK UP!