Monday, November 9, 2009

A Weekend in Lake Placid

Mirror Lake

I hardly feel like words could begin to describe the beauty of Lake Placid.  Kel and I spent the weekend there, and it was just amazing.  The last time we were there was before we were married, so it was nice to go back and just enjoy spending some time alone.

We got in Friday night, and had not made any reservations for Friday because we weren't sure if we would get all the way there.  But we did, and since there was a hockey tournament going on, we tried 4 hotels before we got a room.  It was functional and right downtown, but I was glad to leave on Saturday morning and head over to the Crowne Plaza Resort, where we were treated to a beautiful room with a fireplace and jacuzzi, completely free thanks to our trip to Connecticut way back in June.  I love free things!!

Unfortunately, both Kel and I seem to have lost any ability to sleep past 6:30 a.m., so we got up early and ran around Mirror Lake Saturday morning.  It was sunny and cold.  I ran around once and headed back to the hotel, since I'm still working up my miles after my layoff.  Kel did two loops, and then went out and did it again Sunday morning.  I opted for a bath in the jacuzzi tub, and then coffee and a book while looking out on the amazing view from our balcomy.

We didn't do a ton, but a highlight of the trip was a little driving excursion on the Ironman Lake Placid bike course.  Let me just say that it is a beautiful (hilly), inspiring (hilly), give you chills (hilly) course.  Kel and I had an interesting discussion over a beautiful lunch on Saturday about the potential of either of us racing an Ironman distance race.  He said if he were ever going to do it, he thinks he would want an easier course.  I said, in shock, "Would you ever do one?"  He said, "Well, not next year..."  I don't know, but it seems like we might be an Ironcouple one of these days.  The course in Placid is definitely hard, but if I were going to do an IM, I really think that is where I would want to do it.  It is just so beautiful.  I've always said that if I ever race an ironman it would be after both of my kids were in school, so I still have time to think about it!  Here are a few pics from the course.

The course goes right by the olympic ski jumps.  Don't ever tell me that triathlon is you see how high that thing is??

What would be your view from your balcony if you finished the race before dark.

We had some very nice meals while we were there, and went to a great restaurant on Saturday night.  It would have been perfectly cozy and romantic if there hadn't been a table with about 6 ten-year-old hockey players right next to us.  In their defense, they were good kids--it's just hard to be quiet when you are a boy and 10.  They packed up just in time for me and Kel to enjoy our dessert.  Yes, you read correctly.  I decided to use my one mulligan from the no-sugar challenge on this trip, and I made sure that I did it up right.  The name of our dessert (which we did split) was "Chocolate Pervsion." good and so worth it.

All in all it was a great trip.  We are thinking of taking the boys up to camp this summer...and maybe watch an Ironman race while we are there?


  1. My friends and I are having a similar debate on IMLP vs. "another one." As someone who is, ahem, gravitationally challenged, the lack of hills in IMFL or IMAZ make that appealing but since I live on Long Island, IMLP can be considered our "home" ironman.

    I'm leaning towards another IM but plan on watching and potentially volunteering at IMLP this year. Could be dangerous as I may come home with an entry as 2011 is hopefully my iron year.

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

  2. So beautiful!

    As far as Ironman goes ... I suggest doing one that is similar in terrain to where you live so that you can more easily train for the course. Also, being able to drive to the race is another factor. So for you guys, I say go for it for IMLP!

  3. Your weekend sounds heavenly! And Thanks for reading my blog! : )

  4. Looks like a wonderful weekend. beautiful photos, too :)

  5. Breathtaking happy for the two of you that you had the opportunity to experience such beauty together this time of year! Go for the iron man! I'd love to see you both do it together. That was something my husband's always asked me to do with him.....makes for a good couple year goal...

  6. sounds like you guys had fun!....great pics.

    thanks for the comment, Kelly!

    Hope your "off-season" is going well.

  7. wow, an "Iron Couple" that would be very cool. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your pictures of your weekend! (and for your comment on my last post) :)


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