Meet the team: Kelsey Withrow
Kelsey Withrow - Age 36 - Walnut Creek, CA
What is your sporting origin story? How did it all start for you?
I grew up swimming and running competitively. Found Triathlon my senior year of High school. I swam one year of Division 1 swimming before moving to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a member of the USA Triathlon National Team.
What is your "why" for racing, the deeper thing beyond the finish line medal that makes you strive for more?
I love seeing how far I can push my body when its telling me to stop. Our minds are powerful and most people stop when our bodies do. After my really bad accident in 2014 and after doctors told me I would never compete again, I was determined to prove to them and to myself that I wasn't done yet. It took a few hard years (filled with depression, more injury, getting last place in races) but I eventually became a 3x Ironman 70.Champion (I had never won a professional race before then). I want to show people what can happen when you don't give up on yourself and continue to fight.
Do you have a mantra for racing and training?
Effort is Between You and You..... I heard it on some inspirational video but I LOVE it. Only you know how hard you are working!
How do you balance family/work/etc with your passion for sport?
It just so happens that my boyfriend is my coach so we both share a passion for improving.
Who is the person in your life that inspires you to constantly work to find the best version of yourself?
Mike, My boyfriend. If it hadn’t been for him, I’m not sure if I would ever have come out of my depression, let alone give me the tools to be a healthy person again. It’s not always easy and there are times where we argue but Im so grateful for him.
Tell me about your biggest race fail. What did you learn from that experience?
Wildflower Triathlon 2016 - I was dead last in the pro field and it was almost the day I walked away from Triathlon. But after this race, I made the choice to go "all in" and commit to becoming a true professional in Triathlon.
What about your biggest accomplishment? What did you learn from it?
My very first Ironman 70.3 Win in Victoria. It came as a huge surprise and my family was there to see it. So many emotions came that day. Never give up on something you know in your heart you were meant to do.
What's the workout you dread most and why? How do you push yourself through it?
There is no one workout that I dislike. Sometimes its just how i feel on that day that can make a workout rough.
What's the workout you love most and why?
100x100s on 1:10 in the pool. It’s a crazy long swim and iconic for a lot of swimmers.
You can only do one more race in your life. Which one do you choose?
You can only bring one type of fuel (food) for a race, what to you bring?
Bacon, who doesn’t love Bacon?
How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning?
What are some of your bucket list races, events or activities?
Challenge Roth and Kona
When it's time to hang up the shoes on competitive racing, how will you spend all that free time?
Helping other people achieve their dreams