The Ironman competition is considered to be one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the entire world. You can only become an Ironman after completing an unimaginable triathlon in a time limit of 17 hours. To be specific, competitors must complete a swim covering the distance of 2.4 miles, followed immediately by a 112-mile bicycle ride, then followed immediately by a marathon run of 26.2 miles.
Dr. Mathis became an Ironman in San Lucas, Mexico, in April of 2013. In that competition, he completed the event in 14 hours and 58 minutes. Incredibly, just a few weeks ago in Chattanooga, Dr. Chris completed the Ironman over two hours FASTER than he did in Mexico! In Chattanooga, he registered a time of 12 hours and 44 minutes.
We mentioned this after Dr. Mathis's last Ironman, but it is worth repeating again: The distance of the Ironman is the same distance as traveling from Memphis to Little Rock! Now, imagine doing this without a car, on your feet, on a bike, and in over two miles of water.
Said Dr. Mathis, "The best part of long distance racing for me is the training with friends. The Ironman is not a team sport, but training for one is!"
Congratulations to Dr. Mathis on this amazing accomplishment. He is setting a great example to our Pediatric Consultants family on how to live a healthy style...to the max!
To view Dr. Mathis's full results, click here!