DETERMINATION – Red Deer’s Sheldon Timms is pictured competing in last month’s Ironman in Idaho. He crossed the finish line at nine hours

Local athlete crosses Ironman race off bucket list

  • Jul. 15, 2015 3:51 p.m.

For nine hours, 55 minutes and 59 seconds one Red Deer man put his body and mind to the test in one of the toughest feats of endurance – an Ironman race.

Sheldon Timms not only finished the 3.8km swim, 42.2km run, and the 180km bike ride – he finished only 38 seconds away from a trip to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii later this year when he finished in seventh place in his age group.

“They gave away four spots to Worlds,” explained Timms of the Ironman race which took place in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 28th. “The first three guys took their spots, then neither of the fourth and fifth place people wanted the fourth spot so it rolled to sixth and the guy that was in sixth took it.

“It was a long day to miss that spot by such a small time margin but that’s just the way life goes sometimes.”

Timms may have crossed Ironman off his bucket list – but he added not making it to the world championship this year is only motivation for him to keep pushing and to continue to shave down his time for next year.

The Sylvan Lake-born athlete began his triathlon journey in 2010 when he completed the Woody’s Triathlon.

With little experience in running and swimming, but having down hill mountain biked extensively in his high school years, Timms found himself with a learning curve ahead of him when a high school friend approached him asking if he wanted to train for an Xterra Race.

Similar to Ironman in endurance, Xterra takes athletes off the paved roads and onto the trails to run, the swim takes place in open water and the bike course is on intense off-road terrain.

“My strength is definitely biking – having a background in down hill mountain biking has really helped me on my biking aspect,” he explained. “I had done a bit of running in the past but nothing competitively other than the Woody’s Triathlon.

“But two years ago when I started doing this I couldn’t swim 50 metres straight.”

He credits his determination to the eventual transition into a stronger swimmer.

“I just kept going. I had decided I wanted to test out a few triathlons including Xterra so I had to figure the swimming out. Eventually I hit a point where it just clicked and I’m still not an Olympic swimmer but I can make it through the swimming portions of the race and it’s getting better every day.”

Up next for the endurance athlete will be the Xterra World Championships in Maui on Nov. 1st. He said the summer will be all about working alongside his coach, Teresa Richer, of the Tri-Umph Red Deer Triathlon Club, to who he credits much of his training success to and who he has been training with since November of last year to prepare for the Ironman.

“I thought I knew a reasonable amount about fitness and triathlons,” said Timms. “But the longer I train with her the more I realize how little I know. She has given me so much insight into my training and nutrition and is bringing constant positive advice.”

When asked what keeps him training Timm explained he has always felt the need to live a life less ordinary.

“I’ve never found fulfillment from sitting at home and watching TV on the couch. I strive to do something extra every day and find those little ways to be more than average.”

jswan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Oh What a Night! celebrates iconic American legends

Frankie Valli and Andy Williams honoured during Red Deer show

WATCH: Hundreds come out to annual Red Deer Lights the Night

Celebration featured lighting of City Hall Park and Red Deer’s Christmas Tree

Santa Claus comes to Bower Place

Dozens line up Saturday to have photo taken with Jolly Old Saint Nick

Bruce Buruma enters the UCP nomination race for Red Deer South

Vote for candidate takes place early in the New Year

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides

Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA

Legislators urged Trump not to sign the agreement unless the language was removed.

Grande Prairie RCMP charge 19 men, ranging in age from 23 to 69, in prostitution sting

Three-day operation targets sex activities in the downtown area

Most Read