I don't know where to start! I keep thinking WOW! I just finished my first IM in Lake Placid. That in itself is truly
a dream come true!! When I first started this journey five years ago IM was not even on the bucket list. I just thought it was beyond reach.
i knew how grueling running a marathon was and to add a 112 mile bike and 2.4 mile swim-IMPOSSIBLE!!
If I tried to do this on my own it WOULD have been impossible! So I have to start by thanking everyone at CTC for the advice,encouragement,and great
examples they've been to me. And I have to thank an incredibly supportive family! Lisa has picked up my slack around the house, kept food in the
frig(not an easy task), and put up with my long training sessions! Same with my girls Amanda and Emma and my parents who supported me through this
long journey! Love you all!
Ok now about the race.
Lake Placid is like a little heaven on Earth! The majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and friendly people made this the perfect venue for my first IM!!
As I headed out for the swim in Mirror Lake I got to high five Mike Riley which was pretty cool. Mirror Lake is my favorite swim venue to date.
Water was perfect temperature and clear as any lake I've been in! Course is 2 ovals, and there are yellow cords that run under water for the length of
the course-almost impossible to get off track.
Bike course was challenging due to weather. We had significant wind and rain that slowed us down for most of the day. But I enjoyed every painful minute!
There were people scattered all over the 56 mile loop! I never had so many people cheering and encouraging me before-it continued to give me energy!
The hills were grueling but also very fun! I knew what I was getting into when I signed up for LP and I wasn't disappointed!
When I came into T2 I had no idea how I was going to walk into the changing tent, let alone run a marathon! But as I got changed and headed out to a
cheering crowd I got reenergized and started getting my legs back. So the cheering crowd on the 56mile bike was X10 on the 13 mile run loop!
and since we had our names on our bibs everyone was cheering me by name-what a high that was!!
Run was challenging with some tough hills. I ran first lap just like I planned, but second lap was a lot tougher. I had to do a bit of walking and really dig deep
to keep moving forward-which was exactly what I expected. Just when I felt like I was going to die, I came up on mile 26 and received a huge burst of
energy from the cheering crowd. Running down to the finish line I said a little prayer, thanking God for a truly blessed journey!! And then I got those words
from Mike Riley I'd waited a long year to hear, "Todd Jaros from Westlake, Ohio you are an IRONMAN!!"
One last thing-The Volunteers were ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!
They were constantly asking me what I needed, and if I didn't know they would come up with wonderful suggestions! They truly made the day special and
I spent the day looking at each one of them with a smile and telling them thank you.