NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Nick Logan got an early start to the endurance sports season for 2014 by finishing third over the weekend at the Ultraman Florida race in Orlando.
The three-day race consisted of a 6.2-mile swim, 263 miles of cycling and a 52-mile run. Logan finished in 23 hours, 40 minutes and 27 seconds.
“I was pretty happy overall,’’ said Logan, who is sponsored by Forte Gelato of Westport and trains at Pacific Swim Bike Run in Stamford. “The guy who won set the world record for the distance, and the guy who took second won the race in England a few years ago. That’s some pretty fast company.”
Friday’s opening leg featured a 6.2-mile swim and 93-mile bike ride. Logan was third after the first day, finishing in 7:10:28. He made up ground on the 170-mile bike ride on Saturday, finishing in 8:13.26. He was just 56 seconds out of second entering Sunday’s final leg. Logan ran well early before finishing the 52-mile run 8:16:33.
Chuck Kemeny of Florida won the race in 7:30:38, while Inaki DeLaParra Barreras of Mexico was second in 22:41:34.
Logan, race director for Team Mossman, felt he had a chance to win going into the final day. He figured he could run close to seven hours, but the heat and humidity brought on intestinal distress that he could not shake.
“I was feeling good heading into the last day, and I didn’t do anything differently than the previous two days,’’ Logan said. “It’s just one of those things that happens. From about an hour on in, I just couldn’t keep any fuel in. The highest temperature I saw 91 with 100 percent humidity and no shade. Coming from where we live to down here, it was a shock to the system.”
Logan credited his wife, Erica, with helping him through the tough miles during the final day. Logan said Erica helped to keep him focused and was key in helping him to maintain his nutrition through the first two days. He lost just over five pounds in the searing heat and humidity on the first two days before the difficult on the final leg.
Logan said he got an invitation to the race only nine weeks ago. There were 38 athletes invited from 10 countries, and 29 finished.
“I always wanted to do one of these,’’ said Logan, who represented the U.S. at the World Triathlon Championships in 2012. “I thought it would nice, and a nice little thing to get away from the snow and the cold. It was a great experience.”