Thursday, September 23, 2010

Duathlon Worlds

enthusiasm before and after duathlon.
Hey All! A lot of people have been asking how the Duathlon Worlds race went. Since I have been traveling around Scotland for the past couple weeks, I was unable to respond for awhile. So, the long story is that it did not go so well. In fact, I blew up worse than I have ever blown up in a race before. I mean, I was just happy to finish I was feeling so bad at points. On the other hand, I hold a philosophical "no lose" policy according to this verse: "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28) So, I am taking comfort in the fact that my result in Scotland was the best result I could possibly have as far as God's plan for me is concerned. I know I learned a lot from this race, and I am planning on making a good bit of changes going into the 2011 season, in my training, how my bike is set up, my race strategy, my sleep schedule, and much more. I am still just figuring out how to go about this whole triathlon thing, and their is much complexity to it, and much to consider. Sometimes I miss the days when I could just show up to a race with my spikes and a bottle of water! But I know triathlon is where I am supposed to be for now.
Not to be left out, I had an awesome time touring around the U.K. and Ireland following the race, and saw some amazing sites.

Below I included my race highlights from last year, and a picture of my team and coach, and my race plans for next season. Thanks for reading!


2010 Season Highlights

VO2 Multisport Elite Team (L to R) - Matt Sheeks, Ethan Lyons,
Charles Rivers, Erin Heard, Gerry Marvin, Coach Ben Bigglestone

“Only Going to Get Faster”

Matt Sheeks roared through a successful rookie year as a professional triathlete, winning a professional national championship, with two top ten finishes in a WTC event, and placing top 3 at the Desert Classic Duathlon. Matt also posted the fastest run split at two WTC events, at Boise against the likes of Craig Alexander, Matt Whyte, and Jamie Whyte, and again at Ironman Lake Placid against Ben Hoffman and Mark Twelsik. With big plans to swim 2 times a day this winter, we should see Matt more towards the front at these races next year!

1st - USAT Elite Duathlon National Championships
March 2010 - Birmingham, Alabama
10k/60k/10k - 2:45:28

8th- Ironman Lake Placid
July 2010 - Lake Placid, NY
9:17:57– fastest run split

8th- Boise 70.3 Half Ironman
June 2010 - Boise, Idaho
4:13:48 - fastest run split, 3rd American

3rd - Desert Classic Duathlon
March 2010 - Phoenix, AZ

1st– Top Put Donut Dash
April 2010 - Seattle, WA
5k - 14:43

20091st- ITU Duathlon Short Course World Championships
25-29 Age Group and Overall winner -1:43:09
September 2009- Concord, NC
1st- Who's the Hardest? Off-Road Duathlon
December 2009 - Tacoma, WA

2011 Race Plan
Matt plans to follow the Ironman Hawaii track and so will be competing in at least 5 WTC events. He also plans to race Duathlon Nationals again, where and whenever that might be.

Ford Ironman St. George
St. George, Utah
June 11, 2011

Ironman Boise 70.3
May 7, 2011
Boise, Idaho

Ford Ironman Couer D’Alene
June 26, 2011
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Ironman Lake Stevens 70.3
August 14, 2011
Lake Stevens, WA

Subaru Ironman Canada
August 28, 2011
Penticton, B.C.

Ironman World Championships
October 8, 2011
Kona, Hawaii