Interview by T4 Press—-advice for the younger generation of triathletes

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

We seek out information from only the highest quality of sources. In this interview, we had some questions from the newer triathletes coming out of high school and collegiate athletic programs. Pro Triathlete Kelsey Withrow, seasoned ITU Pro and Cat 1 cyclist of Park City, Utah, answered some of these questions for us! AN INTERVIEW WITH A PRO Q: What is your largest advice for the new college-aged individual looking to get into triathlon with intentions of gaining elite status? A: Never give up. You will have good years and bad years but the biggest part is just not letting those bad races get to you. You will have two or three bad races or even a bad season but you have to keep the bigger picture in mind and stay goal-focused.   Q: The swim freaks a lot of newcomers out, especially those with no swimming experience, let alone open water experience. What is your advice for these athletes? A: It’s pretty easy, swim as much as possible and try to link up with a coach who can help you with your form. I believe in training your weakness! If that means swimming four, five, or even six times per week then you have to do it! Maintaining a balance in the three sports is so critical, and you definitely want to make sure you bring any areas you are deficient in up to speed or you won’t have a race!   Q: If you were to recommend specific skill sets or drills for young triathletes to do more often to prepare for ITU, Draft-Legal style racing, what would they be? A: I would definitely recommend mounting and dismounting the bike as well as jumps, or pickups while on the bike. You have to deal with very rapid changes of pace in the bike leg of an ITU race when another athlete may attack or it is your turn in the pace line. It is critical to be able to keep up with these movements.    Q: With that being said, would you recommend these athletes get involved with doing a bike race or two per year to increase skills? A: More than that actually, I would recommend they do as many as they can. You are able to develop so much confidence in cornering, pack riding, and movement around others through racing. It can even be something as simple as the local weekly crit series but it definitely pays off when it comes time to race draft-legal events. That confidence is key.  ...

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2014 Season is coming!!! Exciting things part 1!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

The 2014 season is now approaching and I couldn’t be happier. There have been so many exciting opportunities lately it will be hard to name them all. But Here is part 1of many things to be thankful for! #1 So proud to be representing Coeur Sports again this season   Heart&courage   #2- I get to work with the best coach ever! Torsten Abel  I finally found a coach where I have complete trust and get one on one communication.  I am very excited to be heading to Tucson to work with him this Feb. #3- Ridng for DNA Cycling p/b Plan7 Team DNA Cycling PARTNERS Plan 7 Endurance Coaching Mercury Cycling Wasatch Bike Support Cyclesmith Rudy Project Solutions Clinic OSMO Nutrition Blendtec Attract Interact Cotton Sox Photography Giant Bicycles Vittoria Tires Tour de Park City Miller Guymon, PC FRIENDS Utah Bike Racing Cycling Utah #4 I got a sweet job at Athletic Republic in Park City, Utah.  I get to work with athletes of all ages and sports. Here is a little background on why athletes choose AR. Our underlying mission is to tip the scales of sport in your favor.  Whether it’s adding 4 inches of height on a vertical jump or subtracting 0.4 seconds from an athlete’s 40-yard dash; if there is an advantage to be had, we’re the ones to find it.  We know how to develop competitive athletes.  Using state-of-the-art performance testing tools with synchronized video to document progress, we’ve tested, studied and perfected our training programs so you gain the ability to improve your play and the confidence to win.  Every individualized program is based on fundamental test data that identifies your strengths and targets your weaknesses.  Our proven methods safely push you past your limits – increasing the competitive skills required to be a champion:  Speed, First-step Quickness, Explosive Power, Lateral Movement Skills, Dynamic Stability and Overall Athletic Conditioning. Stay Tuned…Part 2 of exciting things come soon...

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Off Season

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

I am pretty pleased with how my season went this year, mainly because now I feel like I am more focused on my goals and what I need to do for next season.  I started with a new coach, Torsten Abel(Torsten Triathlon Training) a few months ago who has changed my outlook on training, racing and he has even made me believe in myself again.  I have spent many years doubting myself from being injured and not racing to my capability so to finally be healthy and have found Torsten is amazing. I have about a month of playing around with light workouts solely for the purpose of having fun and clearing my mind.  This also gives me the opportunity to focus my attention on coaching the Park City HIgh School Mountain Bike Team. This is the second year for the Utah League and they have already doubled in kids from last year.  Park City(2012 State Champs) hasn’t  lost a race yet so working with these kids has been awesome and...

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