COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO -- Almost 2,400 athletes from around the globe are making their way to Coeur D’Alene for Sunday’s Ironman competition.
Many athletes are already in North Idaho checking out the lake temperature and checking into hotels.
KREM 2’s Cole Heath spoke to participants here from Colorado, California, even as far away as Australia and Germany.
Athletes have been training for months, but for some superstitions play a big part.
Some have a lucky breakfast, others have pre-competition rituals.
Chris Stanford has a lucky gold coin he usually carries with him. He doesn’t have it with him this time, though.
“I’ll survive,” Stanford said.
Athlete Kerrie Wlad is fighting back a cold, which she thinks is a good omen.
“This is a good sign. There must be something to it because my other races have gone well with it,” she said.
The Ironman competition starts bright and early Sunday morning. Pro athletes begin at 6:25 a.m. Everyone else starts at 7:00 a.m.