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UVM med student captures triathlon title

Mroszcyyk-McDonald was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, but grew up in Woodstock, Vermont. He is currently competing as an amateur, but looks to compete professionally in the near future after graduating from UVM in May 2008.

I wrestled with the decision for a while, he said. My professors and friends told me that medicine will be there all my life. My recent race results have been really good.

Currently, Mroszcyyk-McDonald competes for the Timex Multisport Team, which consists of 40 members from all over the world, both professionals and elite amateurs. The team is Mroszcyyk-McDonalds title sponsor and allow for him to focus on the training.

I can train really well because I dont have to worry about how Im going to purchase bike tires, he said.

Last January, Mroszcyyk-McDonald began working with a coach based in Brunswick, Maine. A mutual friend introduced him to Kurt Prhan, who runs Personal Best Multisport Training, and who coaches several athletes. The two focused on a training regiment that focused on quality rather than quantity.

A lot of people think that it is the amount of training that you do, said Mroszcyyk-McDonald. I put my focus on quality training this year.

Mroszcyyk-McDonald has competed in three Ironman triathlons prior to his victory in Lake Placid. Last year, he competed in Wisconsin and in Ironman Hawaii, and his first Ironman was in Florida. That first race was a learning experience, Mroszcyyk-McDonald says, as he raced despite being sick.

Florida wasnt so good, he added. I was sick for that race and I learned a lot from it. Ill take the experience with me wherever I go.

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