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"Registration is open - I'm looking to assemble a list of potential training partners willing to treat this event with appropriate respect but not necessarily go overboard with regimented training! to register. It opened today and is likely to fill very quickly (24 hours???).

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John Z (not verified)
Good Luck!

I would love to join you, but I can't run nor swim well. I do know the bicycle course well, having ridden it several times. Its two laps of a course starting and ending in Lake Placid, with very few turns, lots of scenery and with surprisingly little climbing given a mountain setting. There is a fast decent on Route 73 en route to Keene, a very fast flat section on Route 9 between Keene and Jay, a small climb out of Jay on Route 86, and a long gradual climb on Route 86 through Wilmington Notch, which has spectacular scenery. Overall, one of my favorite rides!

Good luck in your preparation for this major event. You will find Lake Placid one of the more bicycle-friendly towns around; perhaps even the best in the East. Throughout the summer the region's roads are filled with cyclists. Prior to the Ironman, there are multiple, organized training weekends. Even if you go it alone, you won't be on the roads alone.

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Basil (not verified)

"Who ever said swimming well was necessary???
FYI, here's the bike profile compared to other major Ironman competitions (USA is Lake Placid):

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Basil (not verified)
2004 Ironman USA Lake Placid closed

2004 Ironman USA Lake Placid closed to general entry
By: Shane Facteau July 29, 2003
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.-The 2004 Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon closed to general entry late Tuesday evening. More than 2200 athletes signed up for the 2004 event, which will take place on Sunday, July 25.

The event, one of the most prestigous in the world, closed to general entry in an amazing two days.
The Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon, which will take place for the sixth time in the Adirondacks in 2004, will also serve as the U.S. Ironman Championship again in 2004.
“The popularity of Ironman USA Lake Placid is amazing,” said Ironman North America President Graham Fraser. “The event fills in two days because of the great communities that help us play host to it, as well as the great reputation that the event has around the world.”
Athletes will be competing for 100 qualifying spots to the Ironman World Championship held in October in Kona, Hawaii, as well as a $100,000 pro prize purse.
While general entry to Ironman USA Lake Placid is now closed, Community Fund Spots are available by calling the Ironman North America Athlete Service Center at 850-235-2608.
For more information on the Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon, log onto

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Brian Vegter (not verified)

Hi Basil,

I saw your posting on the NYCC message board and wanted to let you know you are not alone.

My name is Brian and my wife Corrine and I signed up for the Lake Placid race just in time. We saw the race in person on Sunday and signed up on Tuesday when we got back to our house.

We are looking for people to train with and would love to get together with you for rides and runs. We both plan on using the Ironman as a starting point. If we like it, we will continue to do it. This year our goal is just to finish the race.

My training plan at this point is to do more cycling than anything else and to get as much input from people who have done it before to decide how else to train. I will start my running program very slowly and swimming I think I will take a few lessons. To learn more about swimming with speed.

Feel free to email us.
Take care and good luck training.

Brian Vegter
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