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Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene Preview
Shawn Skene reports on the Ironman that takes place on the longest day of the year
Published Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The seventh edition of the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene will take on Sunday, June 21. That date also denotes the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day year. For some of those completing the 2.8 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26 mile run, no truer words will have been spoken.
The race course is “post card” beautiful and challenging and accompanied by the outstanding support of volunteers and the community. It is no wonder this race has become so popular and placed on many athletes “to do” list.
The race swim consists of a two-loop swim in the pristine waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The mountain-fed waters of the lake can make the swim be on the cool side this time of year.
A double-looped bike course demands that competitors remain focused throughout the day. There are a number of false flats, descents, climbs and technical turns healthily sprinkled into the each loop that require a cyclist’s full attention, or time can be lost.
The run is an out-and-back course that is repeated twice. Again, there are several false flats and gradual ups and downs for competitors to deal with. Runners can quickly bog down if…