Matt Schonwalder

Raleigh, NC

My Favorite…

How I Got into Triathlons
I was a swimmer my whole life, and swam for UNC. After entering the workforce, I let myself go drastically to the point where in late 2007 I weighed in at 240 pounds (my swimming weight was 165 in college) and had sky-high cholesterol and BP. I started running a bit and eating better… worked up to a marathon at the end of 2008…. then in 2009 I signed up for my first triathlon…. the Duke Half Iron. It was like coming home to get back in the water. Over two years, I dropped 70 pounds to get back to 170. Keeping a steady race and workout schedule helps me maintain my fitness goals.

My Best Race…So Far!
Masters Swimming 1 mile Open Water National Championships in 2010, where I was second place in my age group (35-39).

Best Tri Experience
The duke half iron…. was my first triathlon… just thrilled to finish it.

Craziest Race Moment
White Lake Half last year…. wind and heat were brutal…. and after crossing the finish, I threw up on the kid who was removing the chip from my ankle. Poor guy.

* Just to compete with myself… improve my times in general year on year, and by the time I’m 40, I’d like to complete a full Iron (likely Lake Placid).