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.”