To the editor:
I just read an editorial in the Lake Placid News about the possibility of Ironman not continuing with Lake Placid as a venue after 2012. I have to say that I would be very disappointed with this outcome as a triathlete that is working toward the goal of qualifying for a coveted Kona slot in 2013.
This is the venue I started on back in 2004 where I faced nutrition issues and could not even complete the race. In 2008, I returned to complete that task and over the past couple of years I have been working to bring my time from over 14 hours in 2008 down to under 10 hours to make the cut for Kona.
This year I volunteered at the run bag station as athletes made their way toward the end of the first loop of their marathon. It was amazing to watch the beginning of the event, the final swimmers, the first finishers, and the last finishers and to also give a hand to just about anyone that needed it at the run bag station.
Yes, the bike course can be a bit tenous at times, but it’s not any worse off than most roads I train on in New England. At the same time, I find it humorous that government can spend money on discretionary items very easily and are challenged to provide well-maintained roads at the same time.
To think that Ironman might not be there in 2013 is more than a disappointment... it would leave an empty feeling inside of me that I am not sure could be remedied at another venue — out of principle more than anything else.