November 30, 2018 -- Matt Davidson, DC (2010) grew up watching the Ironman World Championship on TV, thinking to his 9-year-old self that perhaps one day that would be him on the screen, swimming, biking and running with the world’s most elite triathletes.
Fast forward to 2001, when Dr. Davidson ran his first marathon in an attempt to lose weight and get in shape. The next year, he completed his first triathlon, and in 2003, his first Ironman. Just recently, Dr. Davidson competed in the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – his tenth Ironman (one of which he completed while he was a Trimester 9 student at Logan) and his first World Championship, the pinnacle of the sport.
“I use triathlons to stay active and to motivate and inspire others, whether it’s my patients, friends, family or community,” said Dr. Davidson, who practices at Mehringer Chiropractic in Washington, Missouri. “I want people to know you can achieve things and do things you never thought possible by being active and living a healthy lifestyle.”
Both triathlons and Ironmans consist of three sequential endurance races – swimming, biking and running – but Ironman distances are longer (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run). Leading up to a race, he trains anywhere from 16 to 22 hours a week for six to nine months.
To compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Dr. Davidson first had to qualify. He did so in November 2017 at Ironman Florida, where he won the 40 to 44 age group with a time of nine hours and 11 minutes. Cheered on by family members who made the trip to Hawaii, Dr. Davidson finished the world’s most prestigious triathlon with a time of 10 hours and 25 minutes, as one of only 1,900 professional and age-group qualifiers.
“Ultimately, it was a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to do it again,” Dr. Davidson said. “Stepping off the plane in Hawaii, the energy was palpable – the island, the people, the vibe, the race all lived up to the hype.”