Packing for Lake Placid

Hey, friends—happy Thursday!  Is the week flying by for anyone else?  Although maybe it’s because I leave for Lake Placid today—woohoo!


Even though I signed up for body marking and wetsuit stripping at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse last July, Ironman Lake Placid will be my first time volunteering this year. (Side note:  how did Syracuse take place more than one year ago?!) I’m traveling with one of my teammates who’s volunteered at Placid before (five times to be exact, so she has the weekend down to a science!), plus another friend who’s tackling the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run.  And being supportive triathletes, we made signs and t-shirts last night.


Shhh, it’s a surprise.

Anyway, I finally got down to packing for the long weekend, and unsurprisingly, I’m bringing more workout clothes than “real” ones.


Here’s what I’m packing:

For swimming – swim suit, wetsuit, BodyGlide, flip flops, three pairs of goggles (really), plus way too many swim caps.

For biking – my too heavy road bike, helmet, cleats, water bottles, biking shorts and jerseys.

For running – shorts, tank tops, Garmin, only one pair of sneakers. (I know—I’m proud of me too!)

Miscellaneous – sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of socks, etc.  Oh, plus a bag filled with snacks and nutrition.


Hey, it’s going to be a long drive!

And like I said, I will have some “real” clothes, but I’m crossing my fingers that t-shirts, sweat pants, and running shorts will be the unofficial dress code.

Talk to you in Placid—and have a great weekend, everyone!

13 responses to “Packing for Lake Placid

  1. I have some friends going up there to volunteer as well! I should look into doing that for a triathlon around here so I can get exposed to it all. Have fun!

    • carriestevens

      You should definitely volunteer before your race! Not only does it give you an opportunity to pay it forward, but it also lets you see what goes on behind the scenes–plus, you can watch what works well and what doesn’t in terms of transitions, etc.

  2. I hope this isn’t a dumb question….are you just volunteering or racing too? I will feel highly terrible if I didn’t know you were racing Placid! Anyways have fun either way!

  3. Have SO MUCH FUN! Love the DD team shirt 😉

  4. It sounds like it’ll be a blast. You are literally one step away from just doing the race yourself with all the gear and nutrition you’re taking along! Also sorry for being a bad blog buddy – I completely missed your DNF and recovery post (both of which sounded like an excellent learning experience and just glad you didn’t get injured or sideline yourself any longer from it).

    Have fun, enjoy, and cheer loud as you know we all love it!

    • carriestevens

      After swimming in Mirror Lake, doing one loop of the bike course, and logging six miles on the run course, I was so tempted to sign up, but I know it isn’t the right time yet. The course is very challenging and humbling, and I’ll be ready for it one day. 🙂

  5. I hope you have been having so much fun! I really wish we could have gone, Lake Placid is a little far from Rochester and we would have had to board Bernie. Some day we shall meet, and hopefully race together!

    I know that the tri bike is calling your name now that you are calling your road bike too heavy 😉

    • carriestevens

      Jamie, you should’ve seen the bikes at the race! Once fall arrives, I need to get rolling and start doing some serious tri bike research.

  6. I hope you had so much fun at Lake Placid! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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