I met Chris Charres at a training camp for Ironman Lake Placid for 2015 and we have stayed in touch over the years. I wanted to share his story to the finish line of Ironman Lake Placid because it's a good one that I think many people can identify with in their own journeys.
Chris' Ironman journey actually started in 2010 when he and his then girlfriend broke up with him.
He started with a 5k and stepped up from there to a marathon.
Chris is active with a triathlon group called the Shoreline Sharks where he got a start with his first triathlon. Like many people the swim was Chris' challenge and he says he doggie paddled his first triathlon swim.
His first half-iron was Rev3 Quassy in 2014 which has a reputation as a very tough bike course. In 2014 he also volunteered at Ironman Lake Placid to see the race in action and volunteer for the next year. 2014 was the year where there was lightening caused an evacuation of the swim course which is an interesting story.
Chris and I met in Lake Placid at a training camp with PRS Fit with Jeff and SherriAnne. Jeffrey Kline was on episode 6 of the Mile after Mile podcast.
We were together at Ironman Lake Placid in 2015 and he tells the story of his swim and learning that he was the last swimmer in the water in Ironman Lake Placid 2015. This is about 20 minutes into the interview if you want to jump to that.
We talk about how he decided to go ahead and try for Ironman Lake Placid 2016. Shout out to Chris' sister for being amazing!
We talk about people who helped him and what his mantras were for the year of training. Shout out to Clayton Tibbets for all his help.
We talk about the amazing medal at the Little Rock Marathon and the Rev 3 Quassy weekend which is a Olympic Saturday and 70.3 on Sunday.
We talk about having the professionals at races and how that changes the feel on race morning.
Shout out to Tom our friend from training camp who was there volunteering for Ironman Lake Placid 2016.
We talk about how excited he was to make the cutoff for the swim in Ironman Lake Placid 2016 that he ran straight through the wetsuit strippers and didn't even see them.
Chris shares his tip for bike nutrition. Potato chips!
We chat about the run and then finally the finish. Chris shares his emotions and finish line mantra: "right turn off Mirror Drive, left turn on the Oval!"
This is the second Mile after Mile Podcast where I interview two separate folks but the first time I interview two people each about a separate event.
In this podcast I interview Warren Pole about his journey to the UTMB finish line. The UTMB is an ultra trail race in Europe that is truly epic. Warren signed up for the 100 miler on a whim and it didn't go well at all. So he went back to the drawing board and tried again.
It took him 2 tries and a few years to make this happen.
I then interview his beautiful wife Erica about her experience at a very famous triathlon called the Alp d'Huez.
After we talk about their personal experiences at those races we take a few minutes and talk about how their experiences in endurance sports led them to create a nutrition product called 33shake.
We talk about a crazy event called The Ultimate Triathlon which you can hear about here on the Zen Triathlon Podcast.
If you are interested in trying 33shake you can try it yourself and use the code Amy33 for a 10% discount.
Thank you Warren and Erica for joining me on the Mile after Mile Podcast.
And be sure to visit www.AmySaysSo.com for Amy's adventures including I've put up a review of the 33shake Chia Energy Gel so that you can see what I my personal experience with the 33Shake Chia Energy Gel.
Erin Trail is a part of the Coeur Sports Ambassador Team. www.coeursports.com, She's also a part of 303triathlon.com, and president of the Altitude Multisport team www.altitudemultisport.com. She also races Xterra races.
She has done 3 Ironman races Inagural Ironman Texas, Ironman Coeur d'Alene and Inaugural Ironman Boulder. www.ironman.com
In this interview we talk about her road to Ironman and her race at Ironman Boulder in 2014.
We talk about the value of being a part of a local triathlon club.
We talk about her training for Ironman Boulder.
We talk about how to look at your results when the time you get is not what you hoped to get.
Erin is a lifetime swimmer and we talk about her Ironman swim in 2014. We chat about the advantages of the swim start initiative and the weeds that make the back half of the swim very special.
We chat about double transition races like Ironman Boulder. She also explained to me why Ironman Boulder is in the summer (because that's the only time the High School isn't used.) Erin also shares some awesome volunteer stories from 2 transition races special shout out to Megg Rapp president of Rocky Mountain Tri Club www.rmtriclub.com
Erin and I chat about the bike course. Erin really likes the new bike course which is different from the one she road in 2014. She gives a lot of suggestions for great places to train in Boulder and Denver. Erin uses the words that a lot of people use "deceptively challenging."
Erin gives a shout out to her bike shop Alchemy Bicycle www.alchemybicycle.com
She talks about the wonderful people that staff the Ironman aid stations and how wonderful it is to know people working the course. We talk about the challenge of the heat.
She gives a shout out to Stacy Simms who is the brain behind the book Roar, formerly of Osmo nutrition and now you can find her with a company called NBS. Here is a link to Roar on Amazon. http://a.co/5VJzdkJ this is just a link not an affiliate link.
Erin's group does absolutely the coolest thing at an aid station on the bike and you have to hear about it. They serve snow cones. SNOW CONES! This is about minute 35 or so of the show.
Erin's Bike shop is Alchemy Bicycle Company www.alchemybicycle.com
We do a little chatting about the change of date for the Ironman Boulder race and the scheduling of all the Ironman summer fall races at the moment.
T2 - The transition in Boulder from Bike to run is like nothing I've ever done so we talk about that. She gives a shout out to the Facebook group Endurance Girls Colorado. As you can see Colorado women have a lot of support!
We talk about the run in Boulder and Erin's role as race angel in my race. They call the run course the flux-capacitor. We also talk about some crazy things that happen to us in hot races and what to do when your nutrition plan doesn't work.
We talk a lot about the run course which is along the Boulder Creek Path. She gives a shout out for her friend Daria who ran with her for a bit.
We talk about her Ironman finish at Ironman Boulder. She talks about hearing Mike Reilly say your name. Boulder is a great finish line. Erin talks about the unique challenge of jumping at an Ironman finish line.
We do talk about the challenge of balancing her 4th passion skiing with Ironman training. Erin also talks a lot about her love of Mountain Bike.
Thank you very much Erin for being a guest on the Mile after Mile podcast.
You can find Erin on Facebook and Twitter @mountain_erin
She's also at www.trailendurancecoaching.com
You can visit the post on www.mileaftermilepodcast.com to see us in the volunteer video.
Erin is a triathlete and a teacher and in this episode of the Mile after Mile Podcast we talk about how she is on her way to the World Championships in Kona.
Erin was selected by Women for Tri as their Inspiring Woman selection. She certainly inspires me and I hope you feel the same way.
We talk both about fundraising and training. I look forward to seeing how she does in Kona because she's on her way!
You can find information about her journey at www.livintotri.blogspot.com
If this speaks to you - you can find her fundraising site here: https://www.crowdrise.com/women-for-tri-2016/fundraiser/erinbyrge
Be sure to visit Amy's site to see what she has going on at www.amysaysso.com