Going to the championships

PLATTSBURGH - Logan Franks has his eyes on the prize.

The 22-year-old Plattsburgh resident and Keeseville native is coming down from his high of placing 11th in the Ford Ironman Competition in Lake Placid July 24. Logan's placement, which also included scoring the best completion time in his age bracket, has landed him a spot to compete in the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

The win was one that Logan had been hoping for, but something he didn't know he could achieve considering he has only been competing in triathlons for about a year.

"I was hoping to be in the top 10 overall, win my age group and break the 10-year course record for my age group," said Logan, who's a student at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. "I pulled away with all of them except placing in the top 10. And, I only missed that by two minutes."

Logan, who is a member of U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, credits his time in the service for preparing him for what can often be grueling training.

"It definitely gave me the discipline to be able to stick with it, that's for sure," he said.

Logan returned from a tour duty Iraq in April 2009, and prior to his return, he had one thing in mind - and it wasn't competing in triathlons.

"I was thinking about looking into joining the Navy Seals, so I started swimming to practice," said Logan. "I was swimming every day toward the end of my deployment ... then I was talking to a friend about Ironman. I went on-line and researched it, I thought it looked extremely challenging."

That challenge was where Logan decided to set his sights.

"When I got home, I dropped like $6,000 within two days from the money I made overseas. I bought a new bike and started training literally two days after I got home," said Logan.

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