Triathlon Race Recap…


QUOTE OF THE DAY: You don’t have to go fast.  You just have to go.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: On Sunday I completed the Lake Pfluggerville Triathlon.  It was my third or fourth time completing this event. 

In the past, the open water swimming was a little intimidating.  You can practice in a pool all you want.  Just trust me, swimming in open water is a lot different. 

I entered the water more confidently this year due to my long swimming training sessions that I mostly logged in the pool at the YMCA.  I did do a couple of swims at the Barton Springs pool which is roughly 200 meters from end to end.  That’s a good way to practice for open water swims in my opinion. 

I swam the 1000 meters and got out of the water.  I took a quick bathroom stop and got on my bike.  My wife was eagerly and enthusiastically waiting for me at mile 2 of the bike portion of the event.  This year we did the bike course in reverse of previous years.  I think I liked that better. 

When I got to mile 2 my wife and two kids were cheering me on and cheering on all the other bikers that went by.  The race does not have that many chances to see the athletes in the swim, bike or run so it was great to have this brief time with my family.  My wife may moan and complain about how much I train and exercise, but when it comes to race day she usually is very supportive.  

The rest of the bike was fun.  The course had mostly small rolling hills for the majority of the course.  My average speed was 16 miles per hour.  

Once I got to the run, I was tired and it was hot.  Fortunately, I know this feeling well.  I went ahead and just took it easy.  I ran/walked the run course around the lake.  

Thinking back to the quote of the day.  I am not the fastest swimmer.  I am not the fastest on the bike.  And I am definitely not the fastest runner.  But I set a goal.  I trained for this race and I went out there and executed the plan.  

That’s what is so great about a race.  

I hope you can set a goal and reach it.

From Coach Matt


1) I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.
2) I can do anything I put my mind to.
3) I have what it takes to reach my goals.

This is the day…


“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Do you ever just listen to the silence? 

As I was listening to the silence this morning, I heard this verse from the Bible and knew it was going to be the quote of the day. 

This is the day that the Lord has made. 

Sometimes I feel every new day just holds so much promise.  It’s 24 hours that is unscripted and just waiting for us to go live it.  It’s an adventure waiting to be explored.  It’s so new. It’s just so full of promise and full of things that have never happened before.  Sometimes it gets me excited and motivated.  Maybe today you could be excited about what this has in store specifically for you?  Do you feel that? 

Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

I celebrated some fun things this past week.  On Friday my friend and I completed our own self-led self-paced triathlon.  We do this traditionally on the Friday before Father’s Day.  This year we started at the YMCA pool and swam 500 yards.  We next hopped on our bikes and rode 18 miles with a quick stop at Juiceland.  We finished with a 3 mile run through the upper end of Brushy Creek Park.  After this, we went to Rudy’s BBQ for lunch. 

It was another great triathlon effort.  Next Sunday, June 27th, I will be doing the Olympic distance Pfluggerville triathlon.  That’s a 1000- meter swim, a 26-mile bike and a 6-mile run.  

I also went to my mom’s house for lunch on Father’s Day and we celebrated again with Rudy’s BBQ and brownies! So we had some fun times for sure. 

Thank you so much for reading my blog post today.  I really appreciate it.  And I really appreciate you.  This is my writing outlet and I hope it encourages you in some way.  I always appreciate your financial support as well.   

Always grateful,
From Coach Matt

1) I can do anything I put my mind to.
2) I have faith in myself and in my abilities.
3) I have what it takes to reach my goals.

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A journey of a thousand miles…

QUOTE OF THE DAY: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Have you ever thought about an impossible task before you and been paralyzed by fear?  Sometimes you just need to take the next best step toward that goal or task.  There is always a way or a step in the right direction.

Happy Monday!  Let’s put our best foot forward and take some positive steps in the right direction in the journey of our lives.


1) I rejoice in the journey that is before me. 

2) I am divinely guided and supported in my journey.

3) The possibilities of my journey are endless.

“People always ask, “How do you break mental barriers?” “How do you find the motivation?” “How do you keep going when things get hard? It’s simple. You just do. You simply take the next step.” – James Lawrence the IRON COWBOY  

From Coach Matt

What story are you telling yourself?


QUOTE OF THE DAY: The only story that matters is the one you tell yourself.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  I was listening to some motivational material and this one idea stuck out at me.  The story that you tell yourself matters. 

At the beginning of every Fitbit class I coach, I tell them a story.  I tell them that when they sign up for my Fitbit class they automatically become a Fitbit Champion.  I repeat this story over and over again every 12 weeks because I think it matters.  I think if you tell yourself you are a Fitbit Champion then you will do certain things differently.  You might get more steps in that day or that week.  You might eat healthier.  You might eat like a champion.  You might even believe in yourself in a new and different way.  You might make up a whole new different story about yourself.  How cool is that? 

What story are you telling yourself?  Is it a positive one?  Or is it negative and needs some work? 

This week I challenge you to work on the story you tell yourself.  Work on feeding your mind positive and inspirational and motivational material. 

I have been using an app called Motiversity.  So check that out if you don’t know where to start. 

Let’s have a great week!

From Coach Matt

1) I envision a wonderful future for myself and the world.
2) I forgive myself for being imperfect.
3) My greatest glory is in rising every time I fall.