The Ironman Lake Tahoe is in its inaugural year during a time of year that is one of the most gorgeous times of year in the area. This time of year you usually see people paddle boarding in bikini's, sweating it out on a mt bike ride and enjoying a nice cold brew after a great day in the mountains or on Lake Tahoe.
As the Ironman Lake Tahoe 2013 approached it was clear that we wouldn't be experiencing the usual weather and that the competitors would have to adjust their wardrobe and strategies.
EpicSki's Noofus, Lovebug and Cbire were three of the 2700 attendees of this event so we followed them and shared in their excitement as they made their way to Squaw for check in on Friday, wearing the all too familiar shorts and Patagonia Nano Puff, and wondering if we would need to adjust for colder weather as the weekend moved forward.
Saturday was drop off day for bikes and special needs bags, so we took a scenic past Mt Rose to make the most of the experience. This was all the assurance they needed to adjust how they dressed for the event.
The wee hours of the morning brought the beginning of the race with the open water swim.
Air temperature was 38• Brrrrrrrrr
With the firing of their cannon, they were off
While the chill in the air made for hypothermia with many of the participants, it made for some gorgeous photo opportunities.
Next up.....the bike
The bike portion of this event went through some of the most scenic areas of Tahoe, including the beautiful old town Truckee
Martis, Brockway, ....
And if you were an athlete who got through the swim and bike portion of this event, you got to run!
The run started in Squaw Valley Village and went along the Truckee River Trail, twice.
When its time to cross the finish line and you're ready to celebrate.......
Then you realize that you spent it all to be in this place at this time......
.....When you start at 6:30 AM and finish at 10PM, all you can do is smile, cry and hug the person closest to you.
You truly are an Ironman!
Besides, the amazing energy and athleticism of this group, I was truly impressed with the organization of the Ironman and the volunteers who helped make it all possible.
Top five professional men’s results are below:
- Chris McDonald AUS 08:55:14
- Maik Twelsiek GER 08:57:53
- Joe Gambles AUS 09:02:55
- Kirill Kotsegarov EST 09:04:39
- Kevin Taddonio USA 09:09:09
Top five professional women’s results are below:
- Asa Lundstrom SWE 09:58:53
- Jeanne Collonge FRA 09:59:43
- Catriona Morrison GBR 10:03:38
- Elizabeth Lyles USA 10:08:41
- Angela Naeth CAN 10:10:47
* Photos in this post were taken by Philpug.
**additional photos will be added by Doug Kohen
Edited by Trekchick - 9/23/13 at 4:56pm