Matt Chrabot | Professional Triathlete
Born: 1983. Chicago, IL
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Education: Business Management, BS. George Mason University 2005
Years in Triathlon: First race in 2003, Pro since 2006
Favorite Foods: Potatoes, Eggs, Yogurt, Avocados, Pizza
How I got started in Triathlon: Picked up swimming at an early age. I grew up swimming on various club swim teams. Didn’t take it seriously until high school. I swam while at George Mason and during the summers, I participated in beach lifesaving competitions. My favorite event soon became the Run-Swim-Run. Turns out I was the only swimmer who can really run, so I did pretty good. I started running more when I skipped morning swim workouts during the summers.
I read Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About the Bike” while I was a sophomore in college and decided I would like to try cycling. With the help of some friends, I found a cheap road bike and started riding in 2003. Since I already had the swim down, I threw in a triathlon that summer as well.
After the 2003-2004 swim season, I joined the road cycling team at Mason and ended up racing during the spring my last two years. I thought I’d give triathlon a serious go, so I took the run a bit more serious in 2006.
Favorite Race: Escape from Alcatraz
Favorite workout: Long runs during a cold, wet, and windy day.
Proudest moment: Winning 2008 Pan American Championships in Mazatlan, Mexico
In my spare time: Sail catamarans during summers with friends, surf, spear fish, read