All the hard work, long hours on the bike, miles and miles running trails or on the pavement and countless laps in the pool, not only effects the athlete, but the people around them. It can’t be forgotten the unadulterated patience and support given to each athlete who embarks on the journey multi-sport offers by family and friends.
That’s why as someone who embraces the sport of triathlon, I can’t give you a sense of who I am without introducing you to who my wife and top cheerleader is.
I have to say throughout the years, starting with sprint distance races and working up to whole day Ironman competition, the support I receive from my wife Kristen, is unwavering. Testimonies such as mine must pour in everyday of wives and husbands who go beyond the requests of doing dirty, sweat-stained laundry, cooking nutritious meals each night and dealing with mornings alone in the house while we sit on a bike saddle pedaling for miles on end.
However, in my mind, it’s a super special bond.
My races have taken me amazing places such as Lake Placid, Wisconsin, Florida, and Louisville, and all along the one constant I can always count on is my wife by my side. The prep work for these kinds of events can be so unpredictable; during high peak training blocks 8 p.m. bed times are never out of the question; during taper time, we athletes turn from regular, high energy normal people to exercise deprived fens looking towards race day to release all the energy we have.
Yet, without a hesitation, my wife, understanding the bipolar states this sport gives, is always the first to put her arm around me with a calming touch and say the perfect positive thoughts to relax and calm the nerves.
So, this is who Matt Mauclair is. All the races, from Lake Placid to Wisconsin, to Eagleman all the way to the Chesapeake Bay Swim, it’s not what start and finish I toe that day but who is waiting for me there.
Thanks so much for allowing me to be part of this team. It’s truly inspiring to be surrounded by a group of people so athletically talented and in the same breath so amazingly special in life