I just spent the last few days in Lake Placid getting an lay of the land before the race in July. I must say, I was pleasantly suprised! What a beautiful place! This was my first chance to visit and I was fortunate to be there for some wonderful weather. If you like the outdoors a great place to vacation.
I had the opportunity to ride the entire bike course (2 laps) on Tuesday. The grade is not as bad as I expected. On the drive into town, I thought I might be in trouble, the roads were constantly changing grade with some fairly steep and long climbs. However, after covering the course, it's on some rather flat roads considering the location and I was able complete the distance averaging 19 mph. The run is fairly flat as well. Needless to say, this leaves me in high confidence for July.
On a side note, did try the (Mirror) Lake for a swim. Evidently, they have not had much warm weather yet; water temp. maybe 50 according to the some local residents. I only lasted about 15 mins. and probably was not a good idea, but hey, I could'nt leave without saying I tried!