LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Lake Placid, New York always held a special place in the heart for Michael Murray of Wall. As an ice hockey player growing up, he and his family made annual trips to the site of the 1980 Olympics for hockey tournaments. Murray added another huge chapter to his Lake Placid memories on Sunday when the 27-year-old completed the Ironman Lake Placid. It was the first full-length, Ironman triathlon for Murray, who played ice hockey for Wall High School. Murray finished the 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run event in 13:41.56. Murray had only been a competitive ice hockey player before the idea of competing in a triathlon took hold of him. “My old boss at the restaurant I worked had done multiple Ironmans including Hawaii,’’ said Murray. “It was this novel thing.’’ Murray, literally took the plunge before he really got his feet wet when it came to the Ironman. “I signed up for it in October blindly and forced myself to be able to do it,’’ said Murray. “I had not swam a lap in the pool before signing up for $800.’’ He had done some cycling and felt confident about his running. “I started cycling in April of last year,’’ said Murray. “I had done some running before that. I started running and I was pretty fast felt I could combine that and cycling.’’ Murray was encouraged by how he could build up his training miles. “I noticed when I got into an activity I could go pretty far and I could get my endurance up,’’ said Murray. “I could go pretty far and I could get my endurance up. I started with three to five mile runs to a half marathon in a little over a month. I was finishing the distance in a reasonable time.’’
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