LBI Tri Club Members Complete Ironman Lake Placid

By Lexi Schnell | Aug 07, 2019
Photo by: Lexi Schnell

Lake Placid, N.Y. — After months of intense training, two members of the LBI Tri Club competed at one of the hardest Ironman courses, in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Sunday, July 28.

An Ironman triathlon is a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and ends with a 26.2-mile run. The Ironman Lake Placid started at 6:40 a.m. and the final cut-off was at midnight, making it a long day of racing and spectating for all.

It was Chuck Schnell’s seventh Ironman and Ross Reynolds’ second. They both completed their first Ironman race together back in 2014 at Challenge Atlantic City. Schnell’s goal for the race was to beat his personal record for the course, having competed in Lake Placid three times previously. Reynolds, who had not competed in a race of that distance in a couple years, said his goal was to beat the sun going down. They are both happy to report that they met all of their goals for the day.

Not only are these races physically demanding and tiring, they are also very mentally challenging. Being able to do physical activity for 140.6 miles straight in the summer heat is a challenge most people would never even entertain enduring. It is essential to have not only a supportive family but fellow athletes for motivational and training support.

For anyone looking for a way to get into triathlons, the LBI Tri Club is one way to start. Athletes from the group constantly train together and support each other in all of their tri endeavors. For more information, join the LBI Tri Club Facebook group. Those who think they are ready to compete in a sprint or Olympic distance race can consider the Brookville Tri on Aug. 11, organized by Reynolds. Professional endurance triathlete Kate Bruck of Barnegat will also be in attendance for this event.  —L.S.

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