Aug 19, 2022
"Anyone can be a triathlete. It's one thing to say this, however, and another to make others believe it..."
In this episode of Hilary Topper on Air, Hilary speaks with Matt Fitzgerald, coach, nutritionist, athlete, and author of numerous endurance sports books including 80/20 Running and 80/20 Triathlon. Hear them talk about his journey, what he finds important about endurance sports, how he has inspired Hilary, and more about her book, From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete.
A New Hampshire native, Matt became a runner at the age of eleven, after running the last mile of the 1983 Boston Marathon with his father (who had run the whole thing) and his two brothers. Although he never intended to marry his passions for sports, fitness, and writing, that’s how it worked out. Matt moved to California after earning a B.A. in English from Haverford College. Willing to take the first writing job he could find in San Francisco, Matt received an offer from Bill Katovsky, the original founder of Triathlete, to join the tiny staff of an endurance sports startup magazine based in Sausalito.
This opportunity has led to every subsequent opportunity in Matt’s career, which has included stints at Triathlete, AthletesVillage.com, Active.com, and Competitor Group. Matt’s byline has appeared in a long list of national publications including Bicycling, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, Shape, Stuff, and Women’s Health.
A certified sports nutritionist, Matt has served as a consultant to numerous sports nutrition companies, including Energy First, Healthy Directions, PacificHealth Labs, and Next Proteins. Having coached for Carmichael Training Systems in the early 2000’s, Matt continues to design readymade training plans for triathletes and runners that are sold through TrainingPeaks.com and FinalSurge.com, as well as customized plans available through this website.
Matt intends to keep racing until he can’t. He’s run a bunch of marathons and countless shorter running events since returning to the sport at age 27. In 1998 he branched out to triathlons, and four years later completed his first (and only) Ironman.
From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete, is now available. You can purchase the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or at a local bookstore near you. Hilary is also appearing across the country this year at various bookstores where she’ll be there to talk about her book, answer your questions, and autograph your copy. For more information on book tour cities and dates, or to order a book, visit ATriathletesDiary.com.