“The swim is the scariest part of a triathlon because people will swim right over the top of you and kick you,” said BYMS Assistant Principal Mr. Steven Marshall about his participation in the Ironman Triathlon in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday, November 16.
The Ironman triathlon consisted of a 2.4 mile run, 112 mile bike ride, and finally a 26.2 mile run. The triathlon started at 7 AM and the participants have until midnight giving them 17 hours. Mr. Marshall completed this in 14 hours and 17 minutes.
Preparation for the triathlon takes dedication. “I have been training for about 6 months of this race. I trained before work, after school, and in the evenings during the week and weekends provided me time for my longer workouts and training rides. I averaged about 22 hours a week for training,” stated Mr. Marshall about his training schedule.
“I completed Ironman Arizona in 2008 and have done about 20 other shorter triathlons over the last 15 years or so, including races in Newport Beach, Lake Arrowhead, San Diego, and Temecula to name a few,” stated Mr. Marshall.
Mr. Marshall has been a life long athlete.” I played football from the time I was seven through high school and wrestled in high school and college,” explained Mr. Marshall. I also coached 12 years of football and 23 years of wrestling, including 13 years at Esperanza High School.”
“I enjoy competing to see how hard I can push myself,” explained Mr. Marshall. ” I have also met some great friends through the sport and have encouraged others to participate. I hope to run a race with my son, sometime in the next year.”
“Put in the time, train hard and push yourself,” is the advice he would give anyone training for challenging event.
“Anyone can do an Ironman, with the proper training and mental toughness. Anything is possible!” stated Mr. Marshall.