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Matthew Ancona

Matthew Ancona
<p><b>Hometown:</b> Elk Grove Village, IL</p> <p><b>Residence:</b> Roselle, IL</p> <p><b>Personal Blog:</b> http://ironmancona.blogspot.com/</p> <p><b>Personal Facebook Page:</b> http://www.facebook.com/mancona</p> <p><b>Twitter Account:</b> http://twitter.com/mancona</p> <p><b>Career Highlights:</b> </p> <p>- 2010 Chicago Spring Half Marathon - 1st Overall</p> <p>- 2010 High Cliff Half Distance Triathlon - 4th Overall</p> <p>- 2010 Twin Lakes Triathlon - 1st Overall</p> <p>- 2009 Ironman Wisconsin - 1st AG - 29th Overall</p> <p>- 2009 Chicago Spring Half Marathon - 3rd Overall</p> <p><b>Personal Bio:</b></p> <p>I'm a 30 year old father, husband, employee and athlete. 7 years ago I was over weight and out of shape. I decided to lose some weight by starting to jog even though I hated running my entire live. Somehow some good friends convinced me to do the Chicago Marathon just 6 month after I started running. I've been hooked on the endurance sports lifestyle every since. My long term goal is simply to be as fast a I can while still balancing my family life and non-triathlon related career.</p> <p><b>5 things we should know about you:</b> </p> <p>- I enjoy training as much and sometime more than racing</p> <p>- I am focused on getting the most benefit out of the least training time as I can</p> <p>- I've lost 60 lbs since I started running in 2004</p> <p>- I trained for my first Ironman while traveling 4 days a week for work and my wife was planning our wedding</p> <p>- My favorite part of working with Zoot is being able to test new products and provide feedback directly to the people the develop the products</p> <p><b>How did you first get into triathlons?</b></p> <p>After running my first race ever, the 2004 Chicago Marathon to lose weight, some co-workers convinced me to sign up for the 2005 Chicago Triathlon. At the time I only had a old BMX bike and my only swimming skill was keeping my head above the water.</p> <p><b>What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?</b></p> <p>First endurance race every was The 2004 Chicago Marathon and I finished 13,096 with a 4:10:23, and couldn't walk for a week after. First triathlon was the 2005 Harbor Lights Sprint (.5m, 14m, 4m), I was 13/20 in my age group with a 1:36:34.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite race?</b></p> <p>Ironman Wisconsin – it was my first ironman as well as where I qualified for Kona. I go every year whether racing or not.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite workout?</b></p> <p>I like quality workouts that give the most benefit in the least time. Short rides with FTP/Lacate threshold work on the bike or runs with mile repeats at about 10k pace are my favorite.</p> <p><b>What are your favorite Zoot products and why?</b></p> <p>The single product I use the most are the recovery saddles, I wear them almost everyday. The run shorts are by far the most comfortable shorts I have ever run in, and the Ultra Speed shoes feel great and are so light. I'm also a huge fan of the CompressRX recovery line and am always wearing something to recover and be ready for my next workout.</p> <p><b>What is your proudest accomplishment?</b></p> <p>Being able to be a competitive age grouper in this sport while still spending time with my wife and daughter and having a full time career.</p> <p><b>What motivates you?</b></p> <p>Personal Improvement. I enjoy challenging myself to always do better and set the bar higher.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race meal?</b></p> <p>A bagel and a banana race morning, followed by a gel right before the race. The night before is usually Subway, Jamba Juice, or Noodles &amp; Company as I can usually find one of them by most race sites.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race ritual?</b></p> <p>Get there early and get my stuff setup quickly. Then sit and relax with my wife while watching everyone else run around like crazy at the last minute.</p> <p><b>What are your goals for the 2011 season?</b></p> <p>1. Continue to be the best father, husband, employee and athlete I can be.</p> <p>2. Run to my potential off the bike.</p> <p>3. Have my best performances in races instead of during training.</p> <p>4. Continue to improve my swim so I'm not trying to catch up for the entire race.</p> <p><b>Events you are racing in this season:</b></p> <p>Ironman 70.3 Muncle (July 9), Ford Ironman Wisconsin (September 11)</p>

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