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Matt not only CRUSHED his first 70.3 Triathlon (& only 2nd triathlon EVER!), but he qualified for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in the process. Holy Smokes!
Needless to say, Matt is a naturally gifted athlete, but he’s not superman. However, he is goal oriented, determined, discipline AND as a happily married, father of 2 young kids, he doesn’t have time to waste. He also knows what he knows and knows what he doesn’t know. Those characteristics are what will make ANYONE successful in the sport of triathlon.
In mid September of 2020, as a total beginner triathlete, Matt hired us to coach him and get him up to speed QUICKLY (no pun!). He had big goals (short & long term) and didn’t want to waste time trying to “figure things out” on his own. He was also willing to put in “the work” and realistically didn’t expect results overnight.
Normally, we don’t highlight one of our coached athletes until at least a full year has passed, but we felt Matt’s recent success and story was worthy enough to share and inspire others.
Below is a short Q & A with Matt.
We hope you find it INSPIRING & MOTIVATING
I was looking for a way to both get back in shape and feed my desire to compete again. Triathlon was the perfect set up to achieve both.
My goal for starting in triathlon was not just to complete, but to compete at a high level. The only way to do this was to invest in the guidance and expertise of a coach rather than wasting a year trying to “figure it out”.
3 reasons for choosing RTA Triathlon:
Nothing feels better than when you set out and execute your plan and walk away with a great result. This was my first Ironman abs second triathlon ever. I was perfectly prepared for this race and the results spoke for themselves. Under 5 hours and 21st in my AG!
Mile 45 on the bike. It finally settled in that I was executing to plan on the bike portion. Legs still felt strong and avg speed was 2 mph faster than I planned. I knew then I had an opportunity for an incredible race.
Mile 11 on the run got dark. The sun came out, heat shot up along with my heart rate, and things got tough.
It sounds cliche but I mentally went back to my training. All those Z3 hill repeats and track work where I pushed myself to this point before. I knew from those workouts how to push through this and I did. Mile 13 was my fasted split.
Not necessarily different, but now that we have a baseline, the coaches and I can dig into the data and adjust training for the next race to find more speed.
Holy sh%t, Holy sh%t Holy sh%t….I did it
Triathlon has the potential to be transformative.
Not just for the sport, but for your life in general. Like most things though, you get out of it what you put into it.
If your goal is to challenge yourself and take on this crazy sport, do so in all aspects,… your training, education and self-discipline. You will not be disappointed.
Just can’t wait to get back to work, training!
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