RHS teacher competing in Ironman Triathlon
November 4, 2022
This past week leadership and student government teacher Brent Mattix participated in his fourth ironman race.
“Ironman is a triathlon where you swim, bike and run and the swim is 2.4 miles, the bike ride is 112 miles, then you finish up with a marathon which is 26.2 miles” Mattix Said.
An ironman race usually takes immense training to be able to compete in, but Mattix’s preparation has never been very much.
“Really so I’ve done four and the preparation is more mental for me than physical, obviously it is physical, but the time that I have to take away from other stuff that I do, I just haven’t had that time so maybe a little bit of swimming, that’s what I did the most this time, Mr. Stuart and I were swimming.” Mattix Said. “I tried to do it a couple of times a week, but that didn’t always work out, I really had no bike riding stuff going on and absolutely no running. I do not like running, but I did do a lot of hiking this summer.”
PE teacher Josh Errecart thinks that the minimal preparation by Mattix is actually reasonable for who he is.
“Mr. Mattix is a Rockstar. He is an unbelievable physical specimen if you will. In 2008 when I said I wanted to do it, I was into racing and I was into running and he jumped on board and said heck yeah lets do it. He literally I think this is his fourth or fifth ironman completed and each time he has done very minimal preparation he just has a motor that just does not stop moving.” Errecart Said.
Mattix looks forward to hopefully attending another race in the future.
“So my thing is if somebody said hey Ironman tomorrow and they wanted me to go I would go. I will do an Ironman anytime because I haven’t trained for any of them and I feel prepared as much as I do today as I will tomorrow. However the cost is really expensive when you get in the Ironman, so if anybody wants to pay for me I’ll go, otherwise it will probably be a while before I do another one” Mattix Said.