My name is Matthew Cook and I am a weekend triathlete. I started this website because I found there wasn’t a lot of information for regular people like me to get educated about the world of triathlon. Here’s my story:
I’m a 41 year old business owner and father of three children who had been a competitive swimmer and a life long athlete. Six years ago I tore my achilles tendon playing basketball which required surgery. 2 years after that I had a grade 5 separated shoulder playing hockey which required two surgeries to recover. At this point my wife was insisting that I find a new past time to get exercise...something that preferably didn’t involve me getting hurt.
After moping around for a few years unable to run or swim because of injuries, I was finally in a place to start thinking about my athletic future. I got back in the pool but at this point I was so out of shape it was embarrassing. Discouraged, I decided I needed a goal to work toward. I decided to do a Try-a-Tri...200 meter swim, 10km bike and 3km run. 3 months later I completed the race and fell in love with the sport. The following spring I completed another tri-a-try and decided to set my sights bigger on the Muskoka 70.3 Ironman 11 weeks away. I trained hard for the 11 weeks and completed my first half ironman distance triathlon. I have since done another and I’m signed up for Timberman 70.3 in 2015.
I created this website as a resource for people like me. People who aren’t professionals, who aren’t trying to win their age group but people who want to maybe get in shape through a sport which offers a great challenge. My hope is to provide those who want it information about triathlons, equipment, training and nutrition in hopes I can help someone else achieve a goal or a dream. I will share my experiences of training and racing and encourage others to do the same to grow this great sport.
I hope you find the site useful and welcome any feedback.