A Sherwood Park resident is two thirds of the way through The Sinister Triple marathon series and he’s doing it on an injured leg.
Matthew Schneider recently completed the Canadian Death Race, finishing in the top ten with a time of 14 hours 32 minutes and 47 seconds. The two day race spans a distance of 125 kilometres and a total elevation gain of 5,181 metres.
The race is ran in five legs, runners summit over three peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Flood Mountain, Grande Mountain, and Mount Hamel. The Canadian Death Race is the second race in the Sinister Triple race series.
“It’s kind of mixed feelings on my time,” said Schneider “I’m kind of disappointed but realistically I finished with a respectable time, but I’m pretty competitive so I feel like I always want to do better.”
Schneider has been dealing with iliotibial band syndrome, otherwise known as runners knee. The injury first came up for Schneider last year during a competition. It then flared up again during his training for The Sinister Triple.
“It basically tightens up so bad that it pulls against my knee,” said Schneider on his injury. “It’s just something I deal with. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to race on it clean yet this summer”
Schneider’s injury forced him out of the first race in The Sinister Triple marathon series. The Sinister 7 Ultra ran from July 3-5 and stretched over 161 kilometres of mountain terrain with an elevation of 6,400 metres. At 68 kilometres into the race Schneider was compelled to withdraw.
“I did three legs of the race,” said Schneider. “It’s unfortunate. I felt great fitness wise, the best I ever have. At that point i was probably only ten odd minutes behind the leaders and feeling good about myself. The injury was just too much for me to go on at that point.”
Schneider showed incredible tenacity after withdrawing from the first race. He had four weeks to heal up and prepare between the Sinister 7 Ultra and the Canadian Death Race. During that time he did strength training, yoga, and distance training to prepare himself physically and mentally. Throughout his training Schneider was running an average of 150 kilometres a week. All that tough training paid off. He finished ninth at the Death Race out of a total of 435 registered runners.
Schneider first began running competitively five years ago when he competed in the 2014 Death Race. That year he took over 21 hours to complete the race. Since then, he has ran over 10 competitive ultra marathons and he continues to improve.
“Running is good mentally for me,” said Schneider. “Just getting out the door and running for a good three or four hours puts me in a good place. I love going to the mountains. I don’t get out often but when I’m there its like a kid in a candy story. Something about it just makes me feel good. I like that feeling of being tired and working hard.”
Schneider will be competing in the final race in The Sinister Triple on August 23-25. The Black Spur Ultra spans 108 kilometres through the secluded Kimberley Alpine Mountains with an elevation gain of 2,230 meters.