As President of the Santa Barbara Tri club and a triathlon trainer for Killer Tri, Kyle Visin, 29 years old, sets the bar high for local triathletes. Killer Tri partnered with the Santa Barbara Triathlon again this year to hold individual and group trainings and will be on-site Friday at Packet pick up for free clinics – BE THERE!
A little bit about you (profession, hobbies, athletic background, etc.):
I graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2005 and currently work as a Mechanical Design Engineer developing Atomic Force Microscopes. I have always been an active person but prior to graduating from UCSB I had no formal training in swimming, cycling, or running.
When did you complete your first triathlon: My first triathlon was the Carpinteria Triathlon in 2006, and since then I’ve competed in over 35 Triathlons.
What inspires you to train/compete? I believe that most people only accomplish a fraction of what they are truly capable of. I love pushing myself; exploring where my limits lie and where my boundaries are.
What is your favorite thing about the sport? Triathlon is one of the few sports that brings athletes of all abilities and skill levels together on the same course on the same day. At a single race you may find a world class athlete looking for a spot on the podium, a seasoned veteran shooting for an age group win, and a novice just looking to finish the race. Each person sets their own individual goals, yet ultimately we are all out there for the same reasons.
What’s your least favorite thing? Unfortunately triathlon is not an inexpensive sport. I wish it was more accessible to people in all walks of life.
What is the best advice you ever received regarding the sport of triathlon? Set high goals and work hard until you achieve them.
1) Pick a race and sign up! (Set a Goal)
2) Learn the skills necessary to complete the race
3) Be consistent in your training
4) Train to go the distance with race-like workouts
5) Find a training program, group, or partner to help facilitate success
How do you stay motivated? I love the nature of competition. I love being competitive with myself, I love being competitive with the course, and I love competing against other athletes.
How has training for or participating in triathlon(s) affected other areas of your life? Triathlon is a very time intensive sport. Competing at a high level in the sport takes a great deal of discipline, hard work, and commitment. Instilling these qualities in any aspect of life allows you to achieve success in whatever you put your mind to.
Any words of encouragement for novice or aspiring triathletes? You can achieve more than you think is possible when you put your mind to it. Be consistent in your training, don’t rush the process, and remember to have FUN along the way!
Do you have a post-triathlon indulgence? It’s typically served in a pint glass or big frosty mug!