Thank you everyone for all your kind thoughts and words about my race Sunday at Lake Placid. We had a fantastic few days there to enjoy the area and the great vibe of race weekend.
It started at 6:45 am running into the water for the swim. One minute later I’m already gasping for air after going out too fast and choking on a swoosh of water. It took several minutes and all my effort to get it together, calm down, breathe normally, and get on my way again. I came out of the water dazed and flustered but glad I made it through. The next six hours on the bike went great and I was able to make up some lost time. I took a small spill at mile 94, but barely felt it with all the adrenaline flowing. Just some minor scrapes and a bent handlebar. The marathon started off great too, but I definitely went out too fast. The hammering on the bike killed my legs. By mile 12 I was constantly cramping in my quads and hammies and the misery had set in. I did managed to come through the finish line in style with a final burst of energy.
Total time 12 hours and 39 minutes. 65 percentile for my age group, 65 percentile for gender, and 68 percentile overall. Not bad for an old man I guess. I don’t plan on doing another one for a very long time. I actually enjoyed all the training but hated the time it displaced from Katina, my kids, friends and everything else I could have been doing! Thank you all so much for your support and putting up with my “Sorry, I can’t. Have to train.”
- Dr. Danyo