Athlete of the Month
What’s your WHY?
Dan Mattson Age 46
How did I get started racing? I was an athlete in high school, but I let myself go. I was overweight and not in the best shape. I made excuses to not exercise; like family, work, reserve duty or just life in general. When I was deployed to Iraq August 2009 to March 2010, I decided to start a journey of bettering my life through fitness. I ran to pass the time, and when I returned from deployment, I wanted to continue my fitness journey.
I signed up for my first triathlon at the 2011 Columbia River Triathlon, bought a bike, and pulled out my 10-year-old wetsuit (not a Tri wetsuit). I thought I was ready. Boy, was I wrong. I signed up for a Tri clinic at Northwest Personal Training, coached by Cindy Shrum. I learned a lot, but the biggest thing I learned was I needed to train. at fall I joined TRIumph Tri club, which really helped my swimming erformance, so I signed up for some local triathlons, but I still wasn’t where I needed to be to perform the way I wanted. On January 9, 2017 my life changed, and I set a goal and lost over 50 pounds. I had races to run! I ran the Couve Clover Run and I was able to run longer than ever before without joint pain.
Now I have way more energy which allows me to be more productive training and working. All I can say is racing has made only positive changes in my life. I cannot wait to see what this triathlon season brings with it.
“All I can say is racing has made only positive changes in my life.”
Bonnie Wilson Age 38
I was a reluctant racer. A very special person who was my trainer at the time was trying to help me find something I would love, but also show me how strong I really was. I tried one 5K and I was heartbroken. I came in towards the end and I thought it was the most miserable experience ever. He convinced me to try it again and I did. I had a conversation with a woman on that run that changed my perspective and I had fun, and loved it. I never looked back. Through racing I learned how to set goals and I have been able to keep 70 pounds off for over 6 years. I inspired my dad to take charge of his health. For the first time in years he is on the right track. I have been able to pace first time racers through their first half marathons and help them see what they are capable of. After six Marathons, 30 plus half marathons and countless smaller races, running has changed my life.
“I had a conversation with a woman on that run that changed my perspective and I had fun, and loved it. I never looked back.”