- Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
- PowerBar Athlete Since: 2006
- Claim to Fame: "2012 US 70.3 PRO CHAMPION 2012, 70.3 WORLD CHAMPS 2nd 2011 & 2012 Champion San Juan 70.3, 2012 Champion Muncie 70.3, 2012 3M Half Marathon 1:14.42 (1st)"
"2012 US 70.3 PRO CHAMPION 2012 70.3 WORLD CHAMPS 2nd 2011 & 2012 Champion San Juan 70.3 2012 Champion Muncie 70.3 2012 3M Half Marathon 1:14.42 (1st)"
Q&A with Kelly Williamson
- Biggest Obstacle
- Becoming a stronger cyclist; has always been my biggest struggle in this sport
- I always drink a beer the night before a race, usually a Peroni though I am an IPA person normally; keep it light pre-race :)
- Nobody knows..
- I was extremely accident prone as a child and I chipped my 2 front teeth 7 times. I am told I never sat still and never stopped talking as well. I guess I've found the right career as an outlet for excessive energy!
- Biggest Athletic Accomplishment
- I'd have to say running a 1:14.42 half marathon in January of this year. I've been running half marathons for over 10, years and I had never run under 1:17; to me it was a big breakthrough in my running potential
- Favorite Thing About Training
- I love the solitude. I actually really enjoy training solo because I enjoy being alone with my thoughts. I rarely get bored even on the longest of workouts; I seem to keep my mind occupied, and I think it strengthens your mind for racing when you are so used to being by yourself.
- Least Favorite Thing About Training
- Simply getting out the door for bike rides is sometimes a struggle; especially in Austin which is fairly heavy in traffic. Once I get out the door and onto the open road, I'm fine.
- I Work Out To…
- Stay sane and feel balanced. I cannot sit still; exercise makes me feel alive. I'm often more energized after a hard session than prior to it.
- Unusual Training Regimens
- I'd not call it unusual, but it is something that most people struggle to do; some of my most effective bike training sessions are done on the trainer, and one of the biggest ones was 4 hrs with 4x45 min in the TT position with 5 min recovery. These sessions force me to stay on the power and also challenge me mentally when it gets boring or tough and I swear by them!