Meet Matt Sheeks

Posted: January 26, 2011 in KestrelBlog

Matt is my newest pro signing and is part of the Trakkers/Rev3 triathlon team. I could tell you all these great stories about Matt but alas, I’m just meeting him and don’t have those stories to tell. I do know that Michael Lovato is singing his praises and I generally will follow Michael’s lead on athletes so here’s a bit about Matt.

Endurance sports junkie Matt Sheeks grew up in the bicycle racing world, riding the road and track in high school. Matt excelled in hilly road races and was a clever breakaway artist, reaching Cat 2 status on the track by age 16. He transitioned to distance running towards the end of high school, and later ran under Coach Rob Conner at the University of Portland. The Portland Pilots were 9th in the 2005 Division 1 National-Cross Country Championships when Matt was on the varsity team. His PRs on the track are 3:50 for 1500m, 14:04 for 5000m, and 29:14 for 10000m. Now he is combining his two greatest sporting passions, running and cycling, while adding swimming. Unsure if he would continue in multisport after a mediocre first year, he surprisingly won the 2009 Age-Group Duathlon World Championships, which propelled him to the next level. In 2010 he continued to show that he can run and bike with the best in the sport, winning the 2010 Elite Duathlon World Championships in Birmingham, as well as posting the fastest run split at two WTC events against some steep pro competition. He lives and trains in not-so-sunny Woodinville, Washington. Matt works for Campus Crusade for Christ, a spiritual resource for college students, and is also a personal triathlon coach.

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