Sept. 25, 2013
Matt Koenigs, Trinity’s athletic director, was in London last week competing in both the 2013 Sprint Triathlon ITU World Championships and the 2013 Aquathlon ITU World Championships.
Koenigs departed for London early the Saturday prior so that he would have enough time to rid his body of jet-lag prior to competition. His first race, the aquathlon, a 1,000 meter swim and 5,000 meter run, took place on Wednesday, September 11, giving Koenigs only one day of rest before the sprint distance triathlon, a 750 meter swim, 20,000 meter bike, and 5,000 meter run on Friday, September 13.
Prior to traveling, Koenigs held some high goals for the two races.
“Last year I was just very excited to be participating. This year, I want to bring a medal back,” said Koenigs.
Last year Koenigs finished fourth in the ITU World Aquathlon Championships held in Auckland, crossing the finish line less than ten seconds away from earning a bronze medal.
However this year in London, he accomplished his goal of top three in his age bracket, bringing home a silver medal, finishing only 27 seconds behind Florian Schafer of France.
Two days later, Koenigs returned to the course for the ITU Triathlon Championships. He led off with a very strong swim, but after the first transition there was a significant collision between cyclists in the peloton in front of him.
“I managed to steer clear of the crash, but it cost me some time and I was probably a little more cautious after almost being caught up in it,” Koenigs said.
Despite his bike leg lacking some luster, Koenigs transitioned quickly and went on to post a breakthrough run split of 15:36—the fastest run split in his age bracket. Koenigs’s extra effort earned him a seventh place finish and the honor of being the fastest American triathlete in his age bracket.
In addition to working as Trinity Lutheran College’s athletic director and training at least two hours a day for triathlon, Koenigs is a husband, the father of two children, and works diligently as the head coach of cross-country and track and field at both Everett Community College and Trinity Lutheran College.