Triathlete of the Week Christie Krompel

This weeks Traiathlete of the week is Christie Krompel – If you’ve been passed by a flash of brown hair during an event – then you’ve seen her.

Check out her great report.

 How long have you been doing triathlon & how many events have you done? 

My first triathlon was in October of 2011

What got you started in triathlon?  

January of 2011 I woke up and just decided to start running.  Running/triathlon quickly became a way for me to overcome a bad eating disorder.  After my first race, I realized I wouldn’t be able to perform without a healthy body.  I had it in my mind I was going to ‘Build A Machine’ of a body… a mantra I still use today to help me get through rough spots both in triathlon and in life.  I am so thankful I have been able channel the energy I spent on a bad addiction into the triathlon addiction.  

How did you get so fast?

Fast is all relative JJ 

 As cliché as it sounds, I think my progress has stemmed from really having ‘The Eye of The Tiger.’  I waaaaaaaant to do well, so things like willpower and discipline and grit and hard work are all apparent in my training.  I really think to push yourself to your own next level, you have to have relentless confidence to feel pain, experience it, and overcome it!

Are you training with anyone? Any special training routine?

I train by myself…. Just a lot of swim/bike/run with some weight training thrown in there too!

Favorite racetri race?
Icebreaker was my first Racetri event.

Favorite thing about triathlon?

Those moments when you are racing or in a tough training session and that outer “brave face” shell you wear to be tough and strong is cracked wide open.  In those moments you feel vulnerable and raw—wide open—no walls—not in full control, weaknesses exposed.  Those moments are actually an amazing thing to experience and make the physical pain you are going through seem strangely worth it.

Guilty pleasure?(ice cream, twinkies, McDonald French fries?)
Coffee.Coffee.Coffee!!! Or going out for ridiculously priced Sashimi after a race… Fuel The Machine with premium priced protein right?!

 Are you afraid of anything? (spiders? snakes?)

Every open water swim, I am afraid of a monstrous sized fish or shark biting my feet.  This fear actually ends up playing in my favor because I am concentrating on swimming as fast as I can to get out of the water before I get taken deep down under! J

One piece of advice for someone getting started would be …

Be confident in yourself and remember you are going to have to break yourself down to build a stronger you – AKHILANDESHVARI.  Realize that every single workout is not going to be stellar; but it is the consistency of every single workout combined that makes a stellar athlete.
Oh and don’t get caught up in all the ‘fluff’ of the sport… focus on building stronger muscles instead buying stronger equipment.  I finished my first 70.3 distance on a hybrid bike without clip-ins; expensive gear is not a necessity.   christie-krompel2

Read More about Christie on her blog