I’m Kelli Wright, an Masters athlete. Let’s just say my cyclocross racing age is 40 this season and I’ll be in the 40-44 AG in 2017. I’m a cyclist – predominantly a roadie but I also experiment with cyclocross racing and I ride a mountain bike for fun. I also compete in the occasional multisport race – short course triathlon or duathlon.
I am coached by Deborah Leedale-Brown and I race for Guy’s Racing Club – more info here.
Read on for more information about my background and introduction to triathlon…
I am a mom, a wife and a scientist by background with a corporate job. One could best describe me as a “late bloomer” athlete, as I didn’t stick with any athletic endeavor for longer than a few months at a time until I was in my mid-30s.
My blog was originally titled “Destination Awesome,” inspired by overhearing my son Mitchell telling a group of kids he met at a family whitewater rafting trip that “My mom is awesome. She is doing a TRIATHLON!”
I was not a particularly talented athlete growing up. I played youth softball (generally outfield), volleyball (generally warmed the bench) and track & field (hurdles, although my coach told me they needed to time me with a calendar). I ran a 5K once as a teenager – I think it took me 36 minutes – and I remember some of the popular athletic boys in my High School making fun of me as I struggled to finish. I participated in drill team, a dance squad known as the Cavalettes (knock-off on the Rockettes – most of our routines had several kickline elements). I passed the Red Cross lifesaving test so I could tread water and sidestroke with the best! But never learned how to swim any of the competition strokes.I am a Chemist by education. I earned an M.S. from the University of Illinois and a B.S. from Drake University. I have a corporate job in which I have rotated through various positions in technical sales, product development, marketing, supply chain, project management, and technology management. I have moved 5 times since graduate school – most recently I relocated to Bucks County, PA.
I was not an athlete in college or grad school. I had my children early and was working in sales at that time. Meals out with customers and I didn’t make time to exercise. I would periodically go through phases of practicing yoga and my family enjoyed hiking while on vacation, but I really never got into a routine where regular exercise was a priority. By December 2011 I found myself 20-30 pounds overweight and finally decided I needed to make changes for good (and I did). The photo below left was what finally prompted me to adopt a healthier, active lifestyle.
|Dec 2011 and Dec 2012|
In January 2012 I began tracking calories with MyFitnessPal. I started Jillian’s 30 day Shred. Then I did P90X. I enlisted my son Stephen to run an 8K road race with me (St. Patrick’s 2012 – my first race in many years and I ran 10:21 splits). Then I started doing mud/obstacle runs including Warrior Dash, a Super Spartan, and a Spartan Beast.
I ran my first marathon in January of 2013. I also ran 3 more marathons that year. I completed my first triathlon, Nation’s Triathlon 2013, and got hooked on multisport.
I took swimming lessons from Coach Beth of Sportfit Lab, who served as my overall coach for the 2014-15 triathlon seasons. Beth took me from a 3:16 to a 2:41 Olympic distance tri, got me through my first two 70.3 races, and numerous PRs and podium performances in my first two seasons of specializing in triathlon.
My 2016 multisport season was off to a great start. I was being coached by Jason Kilderry of ETA Coach and making improvements on my running limiter. I was also racing multisport as a member of Team Wattie Ink. I crashed my bike on a training ride in late February of 2016 resulting in a tailbone bruise and compensation injuries in my back. While I am mostly healed, I’m still not back to normal and running has been a challenge. I can still ride a bike quite effectively so my focus has shifted to be primary emphasis on road cycling with secondary emphasis on cyclocross and the occasional short course multisport event. .