New season, new sponsors and a fresh start

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

2015 Sponsors! Thank you!!!! Core Motion Athletics Core Motion Athletics Mission statement: Core Motion Athletics mission is to provide the necessary tools that each individual needs in order to reach above and beyond their physical perf… View on www.Coremotionathlet… Preview by Yahoo Swift Carbon Swift Carbon SwiftCarbon is a bicycle company manufacturing high end carbon time trial, race, sportive and mountain bikes. View on swiftcarbon.com Preview by Yahoo Modify Watches: Custom, Mix-and-Match Watches Modify Watches: Custom, Mix-and-Match Watches Modify Watches are super-cool, modular watches. You can mix-and-match faces and straps to create the Mod that tells your story, whether (quiet) or LOUD. View on modifywatches.com Preview by Yahoo Team Freeplay | Freeplay Magazine Triathlon Team Team Freeplay | Freeplay Magazine Triathlon Team Home About Apply Athletes Anna Hertel Caroline Lea Christine Scott Elise Winter Faith Lehman Kelsey Withrow Laurence Delisle Robin Pomeroy Sarah Cameto St… View on teamfreeplay.com Preview by Yahoo http://www.salmingrunning.com/ HUUB Design – Triathlon HUUB Design – Triathlon Huub Triathlon wetsuits, Triathlon Clothing and Accessories – Buy Online Archimedes – Aerious – Aura – Axena – Aegis From the worlds leading Triathlon Company View on huubdesign.com Preview by Yahoo  Temple Coffee Temple Coffee Temple is an award-winning specialty coffee retail and wholesale supplier in Sacramento serving Northern California and beyond. We travel to origin to build sustain… View on templecoffee.com Preview by Yahoo  Rudy Project North America – Official Site Rudy Project North America – Official Site The official site of Rudy Project Cycling Sunglasses, Golf Sunglasses, Running Sunglasses, Cycling Helmets and Prescription Sport Sunglasses. View on www.rudyprojectusa.com Preview by Yahoo Nature’s Bakery Nature’s Bakery All natural fig bars and all natural snack foods are what Nature’s Bakery is all about. View on naturesbakery.com Preview by Yahoo Triathlon Training Coach | Torsten Triathlon Triathlon Training Coach | Torsten Triathlon The triathlon is a challenge that requires long and complex preparation. Partnering with the right triathlon coach is the only way to ensure success. View on www.torstentriathlontr… Preview by Yahoo DNA Cycling pb K4 – – DNA Cycling pb K4 – – – View on k4racing.com Preview by...

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Svelte Loves Strong Women

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

Check out my Q&A with the amazing protein shake company Svelte! Svelte Loves Strong Women: Kelsey Withrow December 8, 2014 Kelsey Withrow is an inspirational triathlete and mountain biker. She has competed all over the world and has won many awards for her athletic ability. Svelte loves Kelsey Withrow for being such a dedicated and powerful athlete, even when she faces adversity. We asked Kelsey a few questions to help us understand what inspires her. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? When did you discover you wanted to be an athlete? I grew up in Seattle, Washington as a swimmer and runner. From the age of 6, I was extremely dedicated to sport with the main goal of becoming an Olympian. My parents would drive me to the swimming pool twice a day until I got my license and there would be times during the season I would swim three times a day. At the end of senior year of high school, I got pulled into the sport of triathlon. I quickly rose through the junior ranks and was invited to live and train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a member of the U.S. National Team. At the time, I had committed to swim on scholarship for a Division 1 University, so the following year I made the move to Colorado. I spent 5 years at the OTC in hopes of making the Olympic Team. Unfortunately, a broken hip kept me from training to my full potential and I didn’t make the team. While running was my weakest link after getting injured, I started bike racing. In 2012, I got my pro license in mountain biking and started racing for the elite women’s domestic team DNA/K4 Racing. This season, I’m focusing on half and full Ironman Competitions in hopes of making it to the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. What is your best nutrition advice for active people? I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with several nutritionists in my career. I follow a strict vegetarian diet, so making sure I get proper nutrition is very important. I suggest always bringing a healthy snack, like a Svelte shake, to have after a workout. It has the perfect combination of fat, carbohydrates and protein, and they are super tasty. What’s your favorite healthy snack? Lately, I have been super into homemade oatmeal protein banana bread. I take it with me on long bike rides as it keeps me fueled and satisfied. Recipe: Preheat oven to 375 Mix all contents into large bowl 2 cups of old fashion oats 3 ripe bananas 2 scoops of protein powder or ¾ cup Svelte shake ½ cup raisins or walnuts (optional) 1 spoonful of almond butter (optional) 1tsp baking powder 2 eggs Pour into bread pan Bake 25-30 min...

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Pictures from some epic California rides

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

Over the last few weeks Ive been putting in some big miles on the road bike.  Im so fortunate that I am healthy and alive and able to ride my bike to beautiful places.   BIG SUR 130 MILES- James Eves tagged along for this adventure. His longest ride before this was 70 miles. Way to go kid!   APTOS TO FAIRFAX 125 MILES, FAIRFAX TO APTOS 125 MILES...

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Life is full of setbacks, success is determined how you handle it.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Kelsey's Blog, Uncategorized |

Its been a while since I’ve written a blog entry but Im finally getting the motivation to write again.  The last 7 months have been a crazy whirlwind. In March I moved to Santa Cruz, California for a fresh start and to have a new training base. Shortly after the move, I got wrapped up in a few nasty crashes, one during the Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race and the other one two weeks later where I was hit by a truck on a training ride. I broke 5 ribs, 4 fingers,2 toes and shattered my hand not to mention all the road rash I reopened from the first crash.. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to race most of the season but squeaked in a local triathlon and was on the squad for the UCI Tour of Utah: Women’s Edition Circuit race. My coach, Torsten Abel moved to the bay area to expand his coaching business which is only a short drive away and allows us to work 1 on 1 more frequently.  I also got hired to help start and run the Concept Cyclery Multisport Team out of Morgan Hill and had the opportunity to help coach some USAT Youth and Junior elite triathlon camps here in California. Ive certainly experienced some lows this year but things are now looking much better for me and hopefully all my bad luck is done.  Stay tuned for some really exciting news next post. Thank you to all my Sponsors that kept believing and supporting me through out this rough time! Torsten Abel(my coach), Concept Cyclery, DNA Cycling, DNA Cycling/p/b K4, COEUR Sports, Team Finis, Modify Watches, Backcountry.com, Swift Carbon, My awesome parents still managed to snap a selfie on my very first helicopter ride to Stanford...

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Wonder Woman for a Day

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Christine's Blog, Uncategorized |

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to be one of the official pacers for the City to the Sea Half Marathon in my hometown of SLO. This was my first time running as a pacer, and I was excited that my number one job was to help others meet their goals.At City to the Sea, the pacers traditionally dress in fun, colorful costumes. This year was no different, and I enjoyed being Wonder Woman for a day. I don't think I have ever had so many people ask to take photos with me. It was also fun hearing spectators cheer, "Go Wonder Woman!" throughout the race. One of the ladies in my pace group said that she kept telling herself they were cheering for her every time she heard that. :-)The 2014 pacers... what a fun group!(photo by Kaori Photo)The race itself was really fun. I loved encouraging others and helping them meet their goals. One of my favorite parts of the day was hanging out by the finish line afterwards. A lot of people made a point to find me to say thanks for helping them through the race. Each one of those conversations made me smile a little bigger.My husband and I pose with Richard, CEO of Fluid, and all-around awesome guy!Being a pacer was even more fun and fulfilling than I thought it would be. Hopefully I'll have the chance to do it again...

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O Canada!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Christine's Blog, Uncategorized |

About a year ago, I decided that one of my goals for 2014 would be to qualify for and compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Since none of the qualifying races in California fit my schedule, I traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina in June to race for my slot. The race in Raleigh was awesome - I got to stay with an amazing family (Tony and Lee), the course was beautiful, I had one of the fastest 70.3 races of my life, and I qualified for Worlds!So, at the beginning of September I found myself in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. I had never been to Quebec before, and I absolutely loved it. Mont Tremblant is a ski resort town in the winter, so it's the perfect site for a triathlon in the summer. Pretty much everything is within walking distance, and we barely drove the car once we were there.PRE-RACEThe days leading up to the race were filled with lots of relaxing, enjoying the race atmosphere and taking in the beauty of the area:  On Thursday, we drove the bike course and found an awesome farm stand where we picked up a bunch of fresh veggies. On Friday morning, my husband (Greg) and father-in-law (Ed) participated in the 5K Family Fun Run. That evening, there was a concert by a U2 tribute band followed by a fireworks show.Ed and Greg after their 5K run on Friday morning. They got to run across the finish line before I did!Concert followed by fireworks on Friday nightSaturday involved the usual pre-race prep:  standing in a lot of lines to check in my bike and gear, trying to stay off my feet as much as possible, and eating a delicious pre-race meal in the evening. Since my in-laws were staying with us, my husband and I were able to add a new activity to the pre-race evening:  a game of Bridge. I can't remember many details, but I'm sure Ann and I won ;-)Before I knew it, race day morning had arrived. My age group wave didn't start until 8:32 am, so it was nice to be able to sleep in a little longer than usual. Since we were staying so close, I was able to walk over and check on my bike/gear bags before coming back to the condo to put on my wetsuit and relax a bit before heading to the swim start.After a little more waiting, it was finally time for the Pros to start. This was my first time racing outside the United States, so it was the first time I've ever heard a national anthem other than The Star Spangled Banner sung at the beginning of a race. After hearing "Oh Canada," everyone looked to the sky to see (and hear!) a Canadian fighter jet flyover. Seconds later, fireworks exploded in the air, and the pro men were...

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