North Idaho

Triathletes preparing for Sunday's Ironman Coeur d'Alene

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ironman CdA preps vo

The 11th Coeur d'Alene Ironman is this Sunday, and right now triathletes converging in the Lake City are probably hoping for a little better weather.

However, come rain or shine Sunday morning the race will kick off at 6 a.m. sharp.

Already athletes are testing out the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene; the last temperature reading for the lake was 62 degrees and they say with the wet uit on its really isn't that bad.

"We like to get out and get ready," Gerry Halphen said. "This is a little different because it's rainy and cold right now but I like to get out a week in advance."

You might call Halphen, up from Atlanta, the ringleader of a few crazy athletes. Even with the rain, they love this race.

"If you're going to suffer like you have to suffer in an Ironman you might as well enjoy some beautiful scenery and I mean I have never been to a more spectacularly beautiful venue for a race," he said.

"Take a look at Coeur d'Alene," Mac Cavasar said. "Generally we are a tourist town, we have that kind of attraction, people like to come here because of the feeling they get our athletes village we have got a great swim venue."

This is Cavasar's fourth year as Coeur d'Alene race director and he likes to remind folks that Ironman isn't just for the athletes.

"We have the race for sure but you also have the athletes village, it's going to be open, food trucks are over there, all kinds of things going on and then the day after the race on Monday is our finisher day, jumping castles those kinds of things will be around and breakfast in the park so come down," he said.

"It's a family thing," Halphen said. "You don't get to do this kind of sport without a lot of support but you know its great for the local economy because families ... I brought ten people out."