Silverman 2009 Race Report


If that’s any use to another long course triathlete here a not-so-brief account of Silverman in which i raced on Sunday.

This race was awesome from the registration on Friday, a very nice and mellow expo with decent stuff. And an amazing swag bag (incl. the bag!). No big ironman supermarket which is cool too sometimes. Wholefoods near the main race area and a shuttle right at the back of the hotel (i recommend staying at the Hilton garden inn because it’s not smoky unlike casino hotels). 

On Saturday morning an opulent breakfast cooked by Mormon volunteers, no crowds, the great spirit among the athletes, the volunteers and the organizers. it almost feels like everyone is really doing this together. The weather is perfect. Racing heaven!

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ironman coeur d'alene 2009

Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2009

We got there on Wednesday night and went straight to the cabin (on the east side of the lake). Nice house with a view and a dock. Ready for Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2009 ! 

Thursday morning was all about a first swim in the choppy lake (not cold at 63 degrees though). Swallowed a lot of water but not too bad. Registration at 10 am. It was pretty exciting to visit the expo, see the top bikes and buy some IM stuff. Everyone wearing Mdot temporary tattoos. Then a short run in the mountains, a little out of breath because of the altitude.

After a quick swim in the lake at the house, we went to drive the bike course. The area of the course with the hills around Hayden lake is gorgeous. Rest is a bit of CDA lakefront, farm roads, and freeway and city. Not too hilly by my standards.

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