Potts & Donavan Win at Ironman Lake Placid

LEG LUBE: As expected, Potts led all competitors out of Mirror Lake on a beautiful sunny morning in the Village of Lake Placid. In the process he also set the new swim course record of 45:10, trimming the previous record (45:28) held by Canadian Tom Evans from 2006. Australia’s Peter Jacobs trailed Potts out of the water by 2:10, while Frenchman Romain Guillaume faced a five-minute deficit. Once on the run, Potts turned the screws even more and stayed true to his plan to race all three segments hard. With each mile he got further from Guillaume and Jacobs and, when all was said and done, he ran the fastest marathon of the day (2:52:56) to annihilate the rest of the field for his third IRONMAN victory in 8:25:07. Despite some stomach issues on the marathon which forced her to eat and drink only cola after the four-mile mark, Donavan ran a controlled race and was still able to extend her lead on everyone except her QT2 teammate and friend Jennie Hansen. Upon conclusion of the first lap of the run and with Hansen chipping away at her lead, her coach told her that she needed to go to the “dark place,” and she pushed it hard for the second lap to keep Hansen at bay with a 3:13:39 run, earning her first career IRONMAN win with a time of 9:47:39.

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