I was cruising some forums, trying to find an ideal Ironman for myself, and stumbled on the Montreal Esprit Triathlon.
There is an Ironman distance, as well as a half, Olympic and sprint.
I looooove Montreal. And I'm a huge F1 fan... so the idea of doing a race that includes 41 laps around the Circuit de Gilles Villenueve has me over the moon! It's flat, which should make life a bit easier than the mountains of Lake Placid. And the swim area should be very calm - it's in an enclosed rowing area.
Downsides: It's not a WTC event, so while it is the full Ironman distance, it's not technically "Ironman Montreal". Do I care? I don't think so... but maybe a little! The course is cool, but doing 41 laps of the same track is a little much! I guess the F1 guys do it, but they're going 300km/h. And while there were about a thousand participants last year, less than 100 were doing the full Ironman distance, so I'd miss being part of a really big event and group.
I'll be mulling it over, but it's definitely a possibility.