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Liverpool man completes Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid

Fitness is Chuck Prosser's bread and butter.

Prosser, who runs Multisport Physical Therapy in the village of Liverpool, spends his days helping people overcome various injuries and ailments. In his spare time, the husband and father of three boys, ages 9, 6 and 4, participates in contests of endurance that might break a lesser man.

"I've run six marathons and three half-Ironmans," Prosser said, "plus many smaller distance triathlons and running events."

Prosser, who attended Utica College of Syracuse University, started running in college in the city's famous Boilermaker race. He continued to run races and, after suffering from knee soreness, switched to cross training.

The next step, Prosser figured, was a full Ironman -- a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run that must be completed in 17 hours.

"It was the next logical step in my progression of distances," Prosser said.

He signed up for the Lake Placid event last year after spending the last several years as a volunteer and spectator with his wife, Jennifer.

"They put on an incredible show," Prosser said. "It's quite an experience to watch."

Prosser chose to partake in the event after completing four marathons last year alone.

"I was just in better shape," Prosser said. "I felt like this was the year to do it."

Hard-core training

Despite being in the best shape of his life, Prosser still had to train for the event -- and the training itself is enough to deter many.

"Many people think the training itself is insurmountable," Prosser said. "But it's not really. Typically, I would do two hours a day, four days a week of running, biking and swimming. That was during the week. So during the week, it's not a huge time commitment."

The weekends are a different story.

"That's when the time really adds up," Prosser said. "As the race approached, I'd add on time every weekend. But if you start early in the year, you can gradually build up to it so the distance increments weekend to weekend aren't really that huge."

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