A Mosinee man plans to do 5 full IRONMAN distances in 5 daysSubmitted: 02/16/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

A Mosinee man plans to do 5 full IRONMAN distances in 5 days
WESTON - Mosinee's Chad Esker may have still felt sore the day after he had finished an Ultraman triathlon. He had just swum 6.2 miles, biked 263 miles and ran 52.4 miles. Then, he decided to do something even crazier…

Chad Esker plans to go where only 8 men before him have gone before….to complete the EPIC 5 Challenge in Hawaii. Each day for 5 days Esker will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. The races will take place on a 5 different Hawaiian Islands. It's a journey covering 703 total miles that will put both his body and mind to the ultimate test. "It's not even a race, it's a challenge," explains Esker.

But Esker hasn't always been a machine of a man. A few years ago he had no plans of ever doing a triathlon. "I originally was just going to do a relay and our biker backed out. So, I was forced to find a bike about two weeks before the race…..had a few days to practice on it and I did my first triathlon and then I was hooked," says Esker.

Hooked…or maybe even addicted. This EPIC 5 challenge isn't even the end for Esker. "I'm not ready to stop yet…If I could find another challenge…I'm going to do it," says Esker.

Some would say Esker's determination is downright super human. But Esker's training partner Nick Bradfish says perseverance can be a powerful thing for anyone. "You want something bad enough and you have the will power to do it…everyone has the means. It may not be easy but that doesn't mean it's impossible," explains Bradfish.

Esker will be one of 13 athletes from around the world to attempt this year's event. Dr. Larry Gordon, who practices at Aspirus in Weston, is impressed by Esker's resolve. "Now you're doing more. You're swimming, you're bicycling, you're running and you're doing that several days in a row. So, you're going to get more and more muscle break down. That can actually accumulate and become poisonous to your body. And in some cases can affect your kidneys," warns Gordon.

Dr. Gordon says proper nutrition before, during and after each race is critical in flushing out the toxins from the body. Esker has a team of people making sure he his properly fueled and ready to go. His team also tries to keep him from doing anything too crazy too soon.
They tell him…
"…don't be signing up for anything stupid tomorrow….it's kind of a habit I have when you get done with a big event… and you kind of go through a little bit of almost a depression. But you're leading up to this big day…and then it happens… it's over… so now what?" questions Esker.

Esker's life motto, "don't stop believing," is something that keeps him searching for new challenges."I haven't really found a limit I hit yet," says Esker.

Chad will compete in the EPIC 5 Challenge May 5th-10th. Until then, he will continue training more than 24 hours each week.

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ARBOR VITAE - An Arbor Vitae restaurant may be relatively new to the area, but regulars quickly started packing the place every Friday for fish fry.

Ron and Marlena Schisel opened Outback 51 about a year ago.

They say it was tough being the "newbies" at first, but their fish fry got people in the door from the start.

Bluegill is the favorite plate at this fish fry.

" Surprisingly we sell more bluegill more than any other fish. It is a Northwood's native fish, people want to see if it takes the fish that they have when they clean fish," says Ron.

Outback 51 serves fish fry Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

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RHINELANDER - Golfers can't wait to get back on the course after our long, tiring winter.  We'll need to melt a lot more snow to make that happen, but on a Rhinelander-area lake this weekend, ice will be needed for golfing.

Fisher's Resort on Lake George will host the 13th-annual Ice Golf tournament Saturday.  Golfers shoot real golf balls on nine holes on the frozen lake.  The four-person scramble format costs $40 per team.

The event is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Hodag Sno-Trails snowmobile club.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin State Patrol says it saw more drugged drivers on the roads and had a significant increase in drug arrests from 2016 to 2017.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the State Patrol saw a 20 percent increase in drug arrests during that time period, with fewer than 2,900 arrests in 2016 to more than 3,400 last year. A drug arrest involves the possession of illegal narcotics or paraphernalia.

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Lincoln Hills bill passesSubmitted: 03/22/2018

MADISON - The state Assembly has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to close Wisconsin's troubled youth prison.

The chamber passed an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan unanimously Thursday that calls for closing the prison outside Irma by 2021 and replacing it with smaller regional facilities. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

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MADISON - A new report shows Wisconsin's unemployment rate hit a record low in February.

The state Department of Workforce Development released data Thursday that shows the unemployment rate dipped to 2.9 percent in February, down 0.2 percent from January to mark a record low. The previous record was 3 percent unemployment in July 1999.

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OCONOMOWOC - Authorities say more than 70 people were treated at local hospitals after an air quality issue forced the evacuation of Oconomowoc High School and the adjacent Oconomowoc Arts Center.

Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen says low carbon monoxide readings were detected on some of the first patients treated, but officials could not immediately find a cause or source.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Every second counts when it comes to saving a life. But in rural parts of Wisconsin, it can take paramedics up to 30 minutes to respond to an emergency.

A new bill in Wisconsin would require dispatchers to know how to explain verbally CPR over the phone.

When Sherri Congleton answers a 911, call she is often thrown into a life or death situation.

"You kind of form a bond with the person on the other side of the phone when you answer a call like that," said Congleton.

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