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UVM med student captures triathlon title

LAKE PLACID Sport clich鳠will tell you time and time again that mental toughness is just as important as physical toughness. Alex Mroszcyyk-McDonald, a medical student at the University of Vermont, knows that there is a certain amount of truth behind those old clich鳮

Competing in his fourth Ironman Triathlon and fresh off a June 30 victory at the Tinman Triathlon in Tupper Lake, New York one of the nations oldest triathlons - Mroszcyyk-McDonald took first place at the 2007 Lake Placid Ironman.

Edging out second place finisher Pierre LaVoie by more than five minutes, Mroszcyyk-McDonald completed the grueling course in a time of nine hours, 16 minutes and two seconds (9:16:02). The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run. Mroszcyyk-McDonald remained patient throughout the race, even as other competitors registered blazing times on the extremely difficult bike loop, which winded its way through the High Peaks.

There were some amazing times out there for the bike course, said Mroszcyyk-McDonald. The key factor in any Ironman but especially the Lake Placid race is staying within yourself. Because of the hills, people were pushing hard on the bike loop, but you have to keep yourself in check.

At the end of the bike, Mroszcyyk-McDonald said that he was in fifth place and back 12 minutes of the leader. However, because he saved energy on the bike, he was able to make up 16 minutes during the running leg of the race. Mroszcyyk-McDonald completed the marathon-length run in less than three hours.I really had a lot of support from friends and teammates, he added. For a long time they have helped to make this race a reality for me. My fianc頁shley is awesome, my coach is great, and the Timex Multisport team has given me huge support. It was a great day out there and I could not have asked for a better result.

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