Michael Fudzinski, assistant director of alumni relations, competed July 25 in his second Ironman USA triathlon in Lake Placid, N.Y. To finish the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run, Fudzinski hired a personal coach, former professional triathlete Nick Fitzsimmons, and trained twice a day for 11 months. Athletes have 17 hours to complete the event (from the 7 a.m. start until midnight). The swimming portion took him one hour, seven minutes. Though he experienced difficulties during the cycling portion, he finished in 14 hours and 17 minutes—27 minutes less than last year’s time.
“I was very disappointed in myself, I was hoping to do much better in the race,” he said. “It's tough to train for almost a year and not get the results you are looking for, it really takes its toll mentally. You just never know what is going to happen on race day. It only makes me want to train that much harder.”
Fudzinski plans to resume training for Olympic distance triathlons in the fall as well as an October Marathon. He is also looking at a third Ironman at either Ironman USA in Lake Placid or Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Fudzinski graduated from Hobart College in 1996.