Ian Kelly

I started off as the poster child for how NOT to race…a nightmare in the water, a ‘weekend warrior’ at best on the bike, and the only reason I run is to get to the finish. Thanks to TCSD, that’s all changed!

Since joining the club in 2008, I have excelled in open water swimming, improved my cycling, and actually enjoy a good run these days. My background in education has given me strategies to help those who are nervous in the water…while my basic motto is “there’s no crying in triathlon,” I know that the swim can be one of the most challenging parts of a race to new and experienced triathletes. I am extremely proud to lead the Thursday evening Beginners Open Water Swim (BOWS), an event which routinely takes the swim-petrified to the “swim-no problem!” group.

I have also had the privilege of becoming a certified race official for USAT, and also regularly officiate events for Ironman and 70.3 events. These activities have helped me to understand racing (not merely swimming, cycling, and running) from multiple perspectives. Much of what I’ve learned is encapsulated in my new book, Don’t Get Naked in Transition: a real beginners guide to triathlon. It’s available at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/137-6693666-5549846?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=don%27t+get+naked+in+transition.

All of what I’ve learned is available to you through TCSD! C’mon out and join us for BOWS (mid-March through mid-October) in Mission Bay’s Bonita cove (east of the roller coster, south of the Bahia Hotel)…toes in the water at 6pm. Drop me a note, or stop by BOWS. I’d love to talk with you about all the different ways to enjoy triathlon!