“Thanks to everyone following my ironman training progress. Here is a picture of me in my pants from January, they are a bit too big now. May was tougher than April, but then it should be. Training totals for May include 36,400 yards of swimming, 184 miles of running and 758 miles on the bike. The long bike rides are up to 112 miles, long runs 17 miles and long swims 5200 yards. My race, Ironman Coeur d’ Alene is finally arriving in just one month, June 29th. I have one really big week of training and then it is time to taper down for the race. Emotionally and physically I am really ready for the taper. Training for an Ironman does not just tax you physically it is also an emotional rollercoaster. You have workouts where you have a lot of energy and feel great and then you have days where you are riding into the wind for 4 hours, aching back, legs and neck.
I have struggled some with a muscle spasm in my back, some irritated muscles and such. I am optimistic that with the 3 weeks of taper that I will be good to go for the race. One fun thing to do in order to get a feel for just how long an Ironman takes it to track my progress. You can log onto the Ironman website, type in my name and can track my progress during the day. I wear a timing chip during the race and each time I cross a checkpoint, it updates on the web. The swim starts at around 6:40 am and the final cutoff time is Midnight. If you are very patient, there is a live feed on the finish line and you can see me cross the finish line on your computer.” – Stephen Bratton, Proud 500 OS owner and Ironman
Taking place in the pristine heart of one of Idaho’s prettiest areas, this early-summer race has filled quickly for the past nine years. Coeur d’Alene is a classic resort and vacation destination offering a wide range of recreational activities. The glacier-fed lake, surrounding forests and parks, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course’s floating green are just a few examples.
Athletes begin their day with a two-loop, 2.4 swim in the clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The challenging two-loop, 112-mile bike course boasts no turns in an 80-mile stretch. The run loops along the shores of the lake blending the energy of a small town resort atmosphere with a world-class course. The single transition area and multiple loop course at the “hot corner” make IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene a favorite among athletes and their friends and families.
IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene race offers 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.