January 2019 – Mike Scheetz

My name is Mike Scheetz. I am 40 years old, live in Portland with my wife, Leshia, and kids– Mikayla, 11, and Luke, 8.   I have been working for NES as a cable splicer for 11 years.
About 8 years ago, as an overweight couch potato, I knew I needed to make a change in my life. I started running and soon after signed up for my first 5k, then immediately a half marathon.  My daughter, Mikayla, has spina bifida which has taken the use of her legs.  We started running together a few years ago, Mikayla using me as her legs.  We have ran several half marathons together and one full marathon.  I truly love having the ability to be her running legs. After running for a while, a friend talked me into trying out Tri and I was immediately hooked.  Having a full time job, 2 busy kids, a wife training for her own races, finding time to train can be a challenge but we make it work. I will be the HEAT president for 2019.  I am open to ideas for making this a fantastic year, your input and ideas are welcome.

 

 

1. How many years have you been in triathlon?

5

2. How many years have you been a part of HEAT?

5

3. How did you get started in triathlon?

I had been running for a few years. Carrie Haapalo talked me into giving tri a shot. Bought a cheap, used tri bike off Craigslist, and have been hooked since.

4. What is your favorite discipline?
  • Bike
5. What distances have you competed in?
  • Sprint
  • Olympic
  • 70.3
  • 140.6
6. What has been your favorite race?

Chattanooga 70.3

7. What is your go-to nutritional product for training/racing?
8. What serves as your motivation to keep going when the training or the race seems too hard?

How lucky I am to be able to swim, bike, and run. There are people, like Mikayla, who would give anything to do what I’m doing. I will never give up thinking about that.

9. What does your normal training week look like?

3 swim, 3 bike, 3 run

10. What is your first thought after finishing a triathlon?

Where did I place? (anyone surprised?)