Featured Guest: Matt Mauclair

 
 Picture collage of Matt and Kristen Mauclair's trip to Haiti with the families they help support.

Picture collage of Matt and Kristen Mauclair's trip to Haiti with the families they help support.

I am so thrilled to share our guest's story with you! Although I don't know Matt Mauclair well, I've been following his journeys through his wife Kristen's Facebook page. Matt is one of those amazing, super-human, über Ironman athletes. On top of his athleticism, he devotes so much of his time to charity and to helping improve the lives of others. I took the leap and asked if he'd consider being featured, and I'm honored he agreed. Read on to learn about his training and business, his charity work with Haiti, and his exemplary marriage.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

 Matt racing at Ironman Boulder in Colorado - Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and ending with a 26.2 mile marathon

Matt racing at Ironman Boulder in Colorado - Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and ending with a 26.2 mile marathon

Born and raised here on the North Side of Pittsburgh, I’m a city guy – I went to city schools, played basketball all my life throughout the city courts, and so much enjoy a scenic city run. My wife of 10 years and I currently live in Aspinwall, in the Fox Chapel area.  We don’t have kids yet, BUT we do have an adorable little Miniature Schnauzer named Olive. She is definitely like our kid.

I graduated from Point Park University with a Mass Communications and Journalism degree, securing a job with UPMC Health Plan in the Corporate Communications Department.  I worked there for 12 years out of school and thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  After a company downsizing five years ago, I left UPMC, and at the same time, my wife was furloughed from her teaching position.  We decided it was time to follow my passion of starting my own multi-sport coaching company. I began Trust the Plan Coaching, LLC which helps guide athletes through various distance run and triathlon starts and eventually finish lines. My wife is a 6th grade teacher in North Allegheny and owns a skin care business.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS INDUSTRY. WHY IS THIS SUCH A PASSION FOR YOU?

As I mentioned above, I own a multi-sport coaching business, Trust The Plan Coaching, which guides athletes through a structured training program to various endurance sports' start lines.  Triathlon has been a passion of mine for the past 15 years.  I love the process … to push every day to become better in the swim, bike, or run; going through those tough training sessions; and learning more about yourself than you would maybe on an ordinary day.

WHAT IS ONE THING OR EVENT THAT HAS TRANSFORMED YOUR LIFE IN THE BIGGEST WAY?

 We had dinner with a special Haitian family who not only fed us, but before we left, prayed for our marriage and commitment to helping Haiti recover from life.

We had dinner with a special Haitian family who not only fed us, but before we left, prayed for our marriage and commitment to helping Haiti recover from life.

I’ve been blessed to cross many of the sports' top finish lines – from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI ... to finishing the New York City marathon. But the most amazing accomplishment is taking on the challenge of running across the country of Haiti the past two years.  My wonderful wife, Kristen, and I are part of a local organization that supports families in Haiti.  One of their big fundraisers is an event called Run Across Haiti which starts on the North Shore and covers over 230 miles on foot to the South Coast in a small town outside of Port-Au-Prince called Jacmel.  It’s absolutely one of the most inspiring achievements of my career.

How Do You Serve Your Community?

My wife and I truly believe to accomplish great things, you must surround yourself with greater people ... and that’s what we’ve tried to do. Family and friends who show us life isn’t all about the materials things ... it’s about how you affect others through your actions.

We love to give our time – from being part of Reading Is Fundamental program, reading to kids in disadvantaged schools … to donating a portion of her monthly earnings through my wife’s skin care business to the families in Haiti … to taking the time to coach people’s goals of accomplishing a run leg of the Pittsburgh marathon. We love to motivate others to work towards life and sport goals.

Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration and Why?

It’s funny how things change. When I was growing up, it was Michael Jordan because of the way he performed on the court.  He had tireless work ethic that was famous throughout the young audience that knew about him.

However, as I get older and more experienced, it’s without a doubt, my wife Kristen.  Her strength and dedication as a 6th grade teacher, her unwavering love and support as a wife and friend, and her love to help others through her skin care business, gives me my energy everyday. Now, only if she could dunk a basketball like Jordan! ;)

What do you like to do for fun? Any guilty pleasures?

I love, love visiting new coffee cafés. I get so much entertainment watching people and trying to figure out where they fit in the scheme of life. That being said, I love drinking coffee … I call it the "nectar of life."

In addition, I love to watch movies.  I don’t like ridiculous movies but those with a poignant message OR something that keeps my attention throughout. Watching movies also gives me a chance to rest and relax.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU DO EACH DAY THAT MAKES THE MOST IMPACT ON YOUR HEALTH Or in your life?

Since my job is made up of swim, bike, run training, saying I keep active would be easy. BUT, what gives me the most satisfaction is watching others achieve something they might have thought would never be doable.  Working through the training or the process and seeing them dig deep in a workout and eventually a race or a physical challenge, far outweighs my finish line achievements.

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE SOMEONE TRYING TO OPTIMIZE THEIR HEALTH?

1. Consistency is the key. To dedicate each day to getting better is tough but so worth it. 

2. Simplicity is a great word.  Don’t try to compete with others' training. You are different, and that’s ok … so do what’s good for you.

3. Step outside your comfort zone.  You’ve heard it before, BUT when you leave this life, do you want to say, "I exhausted everything my body could handle" … OR … "I took it easy and lounged through this amazing life"?

GIVE US YOUR CONTACT INFO!

Facebook (personal page): Matt Mauclair

Facebook (business page): Trust the Plan Coaching

Instagram: @mauclairmr

Email: matt.mauclair@yahoo.com ...if you have any questions about multi-sport training.

Charity: If you want to learn more about WORK and their efforts in Haiti or donate to Matt's fundraising page, please visit www.dowork.org

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