Local triathlete drawing on past inspirations for ironman race

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local man is training for the Wisconsin Ironman Competition, inspired by a well-known coach who recently passed away in an unexpected accident.

WEAU 13 News caught up with Adam Mohr on Sunday afternoon as he was training in Eau Claire’s Half Moon Lake.

“By day I’m a financial advisor, by night I’m a father and husband and in the morning I train for this ironman,” Mohr said.

Mohr is referring to the Wisconsin Ironman Competition.

It’s an intense triathlon that is slated to be held on September 11 in Madison.

“It starts out with a 2.4 mile swim and jumping onto the bike for a 112 mile bike ride. Then coming back and transition into the run which consists of 26.2 miles,” Mohr said.

Although he’s been training since November, Mohr said the last two months have been intense.

“A long session from today would include a 50 minute swim followed by a 50 minute bike followed by a one hour and 45 minute run,” Mohr said.

Mohr said one of his inspirations for doing the completion is his former track coach, the late David Landgraf.

Landgraf passed away on August 8 after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Sand Lake.

Mohr, who ran track under Coach Landgraf at Bloomer High School said he was inspiration for all to live full and active lives.

“Sometimes I don’t think you realize what kind of asset you’ve lost until it’s gone. He was a person where limits weren’t an option. You set a focus and you went. Being an endurance athlete himself, he lived an active, healthy lifestyle maintaining balance,” Mohr said.

The triathlete said it’s that balance of training and focus that can help anyone conquer any athletic challenge.

“Start small, target something achievable. Build on it. It’s unbelievable what a person can do, Mohr said.

Mohr said he’s part of a larger group of Chippewa Valley area athletes training for the competition.

He said he hopes to finish the ironman in 12 hours.


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