Matt Trost


Matt Trost

Matt Trost

In the last few Profiles, we have been featuring folks who seem to participate in every local race. If you have raced in a running event, triathlon or biathlon in the last year or two, you must recognize Matt Trost . Competing with (or is it against?) his pal Ricky Ho, Matt looks like a linebacker, races like his life depended on the outcome and may be one of the nicest guys out there. Devoted dad, musician, ex-smoker, sub 5 minute miler- this is one interesting guy.

Name: Matthew Trost
Age: 41 (2009)
Nicknames: Matty, (Ma)Teo
Hometown: Carpinteria
Employment: DAKO Corp. N. America, 15 yrs
Family: Divorced father of two: Kelsey 16 & Connor 7
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Triathlon, Music, Anything outside
Most Prized Possession: Music collection, drum kit
Favorite Food: Pork, Pizza, Mexican Food, breakfast foods, fruit, fish
Favorite Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Princess Bride
Favorite Spectator Sport: UCLA football
Car I’d Love to be Driving: Bentley Continental GT

My friends describe me as: For sweetness ask Desa Mandarino; for humor ask Paul Williams
My trademark expression is: Howdy
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Fund youth music programs, local to national.
In the next 5 years, I hope to: Train and race injury free
In the next 10 years, I hope to: Find a job that interests me as much as training and racing.
Personal accomplishments: Learned to relax
Personal fact that will surprise my friends: ex-smoker

Favorite Running Shoes: Saucony/Mizuno
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): 10K and shorter.
Best Race and Why: SB Duathlon short course 2008. I really, really wanted to win that race.
Worst Race and Why: SB _ 2007 – bonked hard, saw stars, heard music, had flashbacks, tweaked! Sat down for 10min., drank lots, then finished race.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 25 miles
Favorite Local Race: Orchard to Ocean
Most Memorable Running Experience: Look on my daughter Kelsey’s face when she saw me win the Patsy Dorsey 5K
Favorite Place to Run: Carpinteria Bluffs
Glory Days PR: Sub 5 min/miles as HS Freshman

Realistic Running Goals for this Year: Back to back 5Ks under 18min.
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Under 60min. for 15K
Lifetime Running Goals: Run for my lifetime
Local Running Heroes & Why: Mike Smith-Perpetual power! Aaron Gillen-So smooth! Ricky Ho-Knows no limits! Paul Gifford-gives 110% everytime! Sarah Mandes-Fearless, possibly immortal! Joe Hilton-How the heck……?!
Personal Training Tips: Stretch a lot; Sleep is underrated; eat what makes your body go!
Why I Run: Mental & emotional clarity

I love runners who: Look happy
I don’t care for runners who: I like them all!
Suggestions for local races: A short distance relay.
Suggestions for SBAA: None. Thank you for everything!

My views on: Litter: I have always been baffled by those who choose to dispose of items they no long want wherever they want.
Add Anything: May you find what you are looking for.
Favorite Quote: “If people knew how hard I have to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful”. Michelangelo
SBAA Member since: 2006

by Joe Howell and Gene Deering

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