Richmond Academy, Evans teachers finish Ironman on their terms

After finishing Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Augusta, Kevin Scheyer planned to do several things afterward.

 

The Richmond Academy English teacher walked over to the medical tent to have the torn meniscus in his right knee checked out before he later took an ice bath. After that, he planned to have supper with his friend and fellow triathlete, Brian Killips.

 

While Killips said he trained as little as possible for the Ironman event, Scheyer prepared for it even less.

DATA: Complete results from 2017 Ironman 70.3 Augusta

Scheyer, who is married and has two sons, coaches girls soccer and cross country. To prepare for the 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike ride, he swam 200 meters and rode his bike 20 miles. Total.

“I like my wife. I like my kids,” he said. “So I don’t train. I run with my cross country team.”

“I’m not proud of it. I just put my head down and get it done.”

Scheyer finished his eighth Ironman 70.3 Augusta competition in 7:32:31. Killips completed his seventh Augusta event in 7:32:05.

An Evans High School AP Capstone and AP psychology teacher, Killips has a 4-year-old daughter with his wife, Heather. Killips, who also coaches boys soccer at the school, said he trained just enough to survive.

“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “Every year, I train less and less and less. I’m not going to give up time with my family to do it, but I like to come out here and set a good example for the kids I teach.”

Killips said he gave extra credit to his AP psychology students for volunteering at the event and doing an assignment on how pain works. In his class, he’s also discussed how exercising benefits the brain. And he said he wants his students to know that finishing 70.3 miles is an achievable goal.

“You don’t have to be a superhuman person to do something like this,” he said.

Scheyer showed off his superhuman skills when he saw members of his cross country and soccer teams lining the 13.1-mile run course along Broad Street. That’s when he knew he needed to step up his effort.

“They were out and I was like, oh crap, there they are. I’ve got to run now,” he said. “You can’t walk on Broad Street, because that’s where everybody is.”

Unlike Killips and Scheyer, Keenan Monaghan of Grovetown, an industrial hygienist at Solvay, trained hard for her first triathlon. She finished with a solid time of 6:27:47, beating her goal of seven hours. She overcame a rough start when she got kicked “about 40 times” on the swim, but she kept going.

“I feel real good about it,” she said. “I’m excited.”

Wade Payton of North Augusta, who also works at Solvay, completed his ninth Ironman 70.3 Augusta in 6:18:30. He said the bike ride was breezy, but the run was hot. On the run, he said he found inspiration when he passed a deaf, blind competitor.

“It gave me chill bumps,” he said.

By 6 p.m. Sunday, most all of the Ironman 70.3 Augusta competitors had left downtown. Some folks returned to work today. Not Scheyer.

“I usually go,” he said. “But I knew today was going to suck.”

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