0 days: Race Day IMLT

I have a plan to raise $10,000 for some awesome organizations by Sept. 22, 2013 – the day I run in Ironman Lake Tahoe. Thanks to you, we’ve reached that goal – currently at $10,927 raised! You can help us push well beyond the target by chipping in a few bucks to one of our deserving charities here! PLUS, you might just win a really cool prize! What!? Prize, you ask!? Up through Monday, Sept. 23, at 11:59pm we have our last fundraising push taking place! Details can be found right here.

Race Day – Ironman Lake Tahoe

Yesterday I answered some questions that I’ve regularly received over the last several days, weeks, and months.

Now today is the day. At around 6:50-ish in the morning I’ll be jumping into the water of Lake Tahoe to swim 2.4 miles. Then I’ll ride my bike 112 miles, up and over two mountain passes… twice each. And then follow that up with a 26.2 mile run – a marathon.

That is an Ironman. What makes this particular race in Lake Tahoe special is the altitude – the swim starts at 6,200 feet, with climbs as high as 7,200 feet on the bike (twice). With about 6,000 feet of climbing on the bike.

All of that was intimidating enough. And then the weather hit. In the past 24 hours we’ve seen 50+ mph winds driving sheets of pelting, cold rain. 4-foot swells in the lake. Temperatures that never left the 40’s. And SNOW pouring down on parts of the bike course.

At the start of the race, air temperatures are forecast to be at or below freezing. Lake temperatures are plummeting due to the rain and bitter cold air.

Yet the show will go on.

I have about 11,000 great fundraised reasons to go forward with this (there is still time to increase this total! Donate here and maybe win a prize!). To buckle up my big boy pants and tackle the cold. The brutal course. The harsh conditions. The roads littered with debris thanks to the driving wind and rain of yesterday.

But 2,500 athletes will still step up to the line. Walk across the freezing cold sand into the lake. And do our best to hear our own version of these words somewhere in the 17 hours that follow:

Jeffrey Oram from Redondo Beach, California. YOU are an IRONMAN.

And to every single one of you that has given me encouragement. That donated to the Tri-ing for a Challenge cause. That is sending out positive energy into the world this day for a safe, successful race for all competitors.

THANK YOU!

Lauren and others will be posting updates and pictures on Facebook (tagging me) throughout the day. You can also follow live race coverage for Ironman Lake Tahoe at this link. Or just go straight to the Ironman website and follow the links. There are also Ironman tracker apps for your mobile devices that do the trick nicely. I am bib #2051.

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