Michael Whitesides - Triathlete
At age 13, Mike’s introduction to cycling was the 200 mile Seattle To Portland Bicycle Classic which he completed in nylon running shorts (ouch!) on a Huffy special (double ouch!). Initially, he thought shaved legs, spandex, and expensive bikes were odd but soon fell in love with cycling. Mike also ran track and cross-country in high school and college.
In 2007, a friend convinced Mike to try a local sprint triathlon. As a complete non-swimmer, Mike was happy to survive the swim. After the first triathlon, Mike was completely hooked!
In part to inspire his kids to dream big and work hard, Mike started doing Ironman races. He completed Ironman St. George in 2010 and Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2012. He also found success in the Ironman 70.3 series by qualifying in Boise for Ironman World Championships 70.3 in 2011.
"Bettina and the Racelab team have been instrumental in helping improve my swim efficiency, develop aerobic fitness on the bike and run, and execute winning race & nutrition strategies".
All this paid off nicely in 2013 when Mike PR'd in Ironman Arizona by 1:15 hr despite tough hamstring and hip injuries.
Recent / Notable races include:
10:30:31 - Ironman Arizona 2013
1st a/g / 4th Overall - Lifetime Marquee Triathlon 2013
2nd a/g - SOMA 1/2 Ironman 2013
1st a/g - Mountain Man Triathlon 2013
2nd Overall - Las Palomas Triathlon 2013
1st a/g - Pat's Run 2013 (22:44min - 4.2 mile)
5 Half Ironman Distance completed
3 Full Ironman Distance completed and working on a 4th!
1 World Championship 70.3
Ironman Arizona, Tempe, AZ
- It's a great community race to get all excited about with so many friends and family. With more than 20 Racelabbers per year, its great to train and suffer together.
Ironman World Championship, Kona, HI - Of course!
PROUDEST ATHLETIC MOMENT
Qualifying at Boise Ironman 70.3 for Ironman World championship 70.3. I rode well (2:29) and ran fast (1:25). I was surrounded by family and friends, it was a great moment.
A close second was the Foot Traffic Flat Half (1:17). Completely surprised myself.
WORDS TO LIVE BY:
Seize the day!
Once a Runner - John Parker