Tim Sheeper / February 27, 2020
The Team Sheeper Triathlon Team has just launched into its 26th year of training and competing, while most of those years being based out of Burgess Park in Menlo Park. The triathlon team is open to any community member who has interest and desire of immersing into the multipart world of swimming, cycling and running. The team is comprised of 60-70 athletes coming from all different types of backgrounds and interests and with varying degrees of skill and experience. Hence, bonding into a tight culture of endurance enthusiasts.
2020 is a year where 25 of our team members have committed to compete at Ironman Arizona in November. An Ironman consist of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run, and all competitors have 17 hours in which to complete the event in order to be an official finisher. 2500 athletes will be competing on the course the weekend before Thanksgiving.
This large Ironman goal has been a driving force in motivating our triathletes to begin their preparations early in the year to ready both the body and mind. A majority of the team members have completed 2 of the 4 big events that the team traditionally uses every year to increase strength and endurance. January was the month where athletes completed a hilly 20 mile trail run through the hills in Woodside. This past weekend the athletes swam 5 miles in a pool, and March will have them cover a 110 mile bike ride, while April will be a long and rustic triathlon. All the athletes that complete these four events are awarded with a Fearsome Foursome team award.
While all this may seem “over the top” or “out of reach” for the average athlete….the only thing we can say is that every single person currently on the team has either felt that or voice that sentiment at one point in time. It is remarkable what people can achieve in a supportive environment with positive influences all around them.
– Tim Sheeper