For me, Ironman Lake Placid 2016 will always have a special place in my heart because it had so many incredible “feels” leading in and on race day. I raced with some of my best friends, finished an Ironman as healthy as I started it, even scored a swim PR, and earned myself a spot racing on The Big Island.
Leading into this week, I truly felt like I was being such a skeptic and a “negative Nancy.”
Maybe it was the pressure (not only to qualify for Kona, but I was also reminded that Ryan won this race last year and that maybe another Giuliano should try and win it this year seeing as there is no pro women’s field).
Maybe it was my lingering frustration that I’ve “struck out” twice: placing 3rd overall and NOT qualifying in Cozumel, and then not being able to race Ironman Texas this year.
I can’t really say what put me in this mood, but I was able to snap out of it once we woke up IN Lake Placid on Thursday morning.
Last year, I came into Lake Placid with truly no idea if I would even finish the race.
I had just been diagnosed with a sacral stress fracture that “should heal in time for you to race if you just wait until the week of the race to try a run or two” resulting from my flipping over the handlebars the day before Ironman Texas.
Everyone in our Lake Placid Partee group was watching out for me and making sure I didn’t do something stupid leading into the race. Truly just waking up on race morning with no issues was a “win” for me.
As we were leaving the swim, we ran into EGO teammate Lauren (whyyyyy didn’t we get a pic?!) and chatted for awhile. It’s always nice knowing friends will be out on the course, too!
Thanks for all of the positive vibes, prayers and messages sent my way—they truly keep me powering through this crazy race!