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Inspired by Greatness



Most people are capable of some pretty amazing things. Occasionally, there are those who rise above the rest and do some absolutely incredible things. I’ve not only had the privilege to meet some of these amazing people, but become friends with them and be inspired by them first hand. If you want to see some videos or read a couple of books to get you inspired to do great things, check out these 3 rockstars.


When I lived in North Boulder, Eric Larsen just happened to be my next door neighbor. Eric is a modern day arctic explorer and all around winter bad ass. It was so cool to watch him prep for his expeditions out in front of the house, and then later see that expedition on television! The training that he and his expedition buddy’s hammer out is not only gnarly and brutal, but looked really darn fun!

Animal Planet recently aired a show about Eric, and his exploration partner Ryan Waters, completing what will realistically be the last full North Pole expedition in history. They filmed the entire journey themselves and worked with Animal Planet to produce a two-hour special. Here’s the intro:


I got my start in triathlon at the University of Colorado in Boulder and spent 5 years on the most decorated colligate triathlon team in the country – the CU Triathlon Team. During that time, I met and made, many amazing friends. One of them is the now world-renowned, ultra endurance bad ass mofo, Travis Macy. He’s not only one hell of an athlete, but a great guy and a writer to boot. His book, The Ultra Mindset, is next in line on my list to read (I’m currently reading a book by the next person I list in this blog). Travis was always a bit faster than me, so it’s really inspiring to see that he has made a full career out of being an athlete (similar to what I’m doing). It gives me confidence that following my heart will lead to great things.


The last person on my list is someone that I’ve read about, emailed with a bit, and just watched give a talk (not a close friend), but she is no less inspiring to me than the other two. Rebecca Rusch, was one of the worlds top adventure racers (I don’t say ‘female adventure racers’ because she was one of the best. Period). Rusch to GloryHer book Rusch to Glory came out late 2014 and has been on my must read list since. Once I finally got a copy and blazed through it, my head and my heart were overjoyed. There are many similarities to how she has lived her life and how I have tried to live mine. The ups, the downs, the sacrifices, and the once-in-a-lifetime experiences made for a quick read because I couldn’t put it down. I know not everyone can relate to her experiences in the way I have (like living out of your car… on purpose), but her can-do attitude and willingness to face her fears and not let them control her, is something that I hope everyone can relate too. Rebecca has now moved onto endurance mountain bike racing and is still kicking ass as she moves into her late 40’s. How cool is that!?!?


If you ever read this blog post Eric, Travis, and Rebecca, please please please do one thing for me – keep being you and living your life to your heart’s desire because it’s incredibly inspiring and you truly are making the world a better place.

 

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Helping The Sport Grow & Prosper



When the change you desire is not happening around you, the best way to make it happen is to create it yourself. For over 10 years I have been racing professionally as an off-road triathlete. I’ve seen many changes in the sport as well as a lack there of. I still have a few years left in my pro career (I’m hoping about 6 or 7 more), and the time has come to help the sport reach what I feel is it’s true potential. The best way I could see to make this happen is this…

 

DirtTRI Magazine

 

DirtTRI is an online publication, dedicated solely to off-road triathlon, that my business partner Jimmy and I plan to use to promote and grow the sport of off-road triathlon. We are seeking to increase participation numbers, partner to create and foster better trails, add more races in unique locations, increase prize money, help create more challenging as well as accommodating courses, improve media coverage, and anything else to help the sport of off-road triathlon become the best it can be.

 

DirtTRI Home Page Screen Shot

 

Through DirtTRI’s online content, off-road triathlon specific coaching, forthcoming team, and whatever else we come up with in the years to come, this will be our way to show the world how amazing the sport is and help transform it into the spectacular spectacle that we know it can be and that we want to be a part of. If you have any ideas or suggestions for us, we’d love to hear them. Feel free to shoot me an email at Will@WillKelsay.com, Will@DirtTRI.com, or via my personal contact page or the DirtTRI contact page.

 

 

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Coming Back with a Bang



Mid October was my return to being a full time professional triathlete and I have been absolutely loving it. The year off to refresh and reset worked perfectly. There were many up’s and down’s along the way (as is life), but I’m stronger and more hungry than I’ve been in a long time.

I’m hoping to start my 2016 season off with two of the XTERRA Asia Tour races – Guam & Saipan in March. Fingers crossed I can get back into race shape that quickly after so much time off. Guess it’s time to put my pro pants on and do some work!

So what better way to start back into all this than by doing something completely ridiculous. I mean…. that is kinda my thing… so here it is – do the Rim2Rim2Rim Run. Basically that means running across the Grand Canyon and back.

It took me over 12 hours to traverse the 52 mile route, but you can watch the whole thing in under 6 minutes.

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Hitting the Reset Button



Emergency RoomI’ve been MIA from the professional racing scene since last August and that will be the case until 2016. I’ve been racing professionally for 10 years now and I need a bit of a break to refresh and reset both mentally and physically. This is in NO WAY RETIREMENT.

After being hit by that truck in August 2013, I pushed as hard as I could to get back to the start line. I was able to recover enough physically to be able to toe the line in 2014, but it became very apparent once I did, that I hadn’t recovered mentally. 2014 was the worst season I have had in my professional career and I quickly realized I needed to finish recovering before continuing on.

For 2015, I will step away from the pro circuit and just have a bit of fun. I’ll still race a little, but just to have a good time, with absolutely zero pressure to perform. I’m thinking costumes while racing will be a good way for me to not take things to serious.  The goal is to fully recovery both mentally and physically before returning in 2016.

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Almost Half Way



Another crazy adventure has consumed my life and it’s been a whirlwind of up’s and down’s. We are not almost halfway through the trip and it has absolutely flown by.

 

XTERRA West Championship - Las VegasJennifer and I left Boulder in late April less than one week after I returned from Las Vegas for the XTERRA West Championship. The goal of that race was just to show that I could race again. It had been almost 8 months to the day since I was hit by a truck. The recovery has been slow, but I was excited to see that I could swim, bike, and run again (yet not as fast as I would have hoped). I led a group of about 8 or so athletes on the swim, so that put a smile on my face when I exited the water. My new Scott Spark 900SL worked perfectly in the dry desert and my Altra Superior 1.5’s were just the right shoe for the run. It wasn’t an impressive race, but like I said, I was happy to finish and 13th was ok.

 

Once I returned from that race, the big adventure began! Within a little more than a week, we flew to Amsterdam, picked up our RV, drove to Tuscany and ran a 50k ultra run. To see more of the photos and read some of the stories, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also read some blogs that I have posted on Triathlete.com.

 

XTERRA SpainWe headed to Spain next for the first XTERRA of our European tour. They ended up cancelling the swim and making it a duathlon. After a 4k run to start things, they sent us down “20 Clavicals” for a super technical descent and start to the bike. For reasons still unknown, at the end of the bike, officials changed the bike course while we were out there. It became a hike-a-bike for nearly 30 minutes. At one point I caught up to the guy marking the new route with tape. No one seemed to know what was going on and athletes were going in all different directions. I held on as long as I could, but the addition time on the bike messed with my nutrition and I cracked near the end of the run. I was able to hang on for 6th.

 

 

XTERRA PortugalWithout delay, we hopped in the van the next day and made our way to Portugal for the next race the following weekend. Portugal was a far better experience than Spain. We had wonderful, inexpensive camping close to the venue, the organization was spot on, the town was amazing, food fantastic, and had such a wonderful time after the guessing game we had the week before. I wish my race had gone as well as the rest of the experience. I had some issues with nutrition again on the bike and took a wrong turn on the run and ended up finishing 5th on the day.

 

Without a day to spare, we were back in the van and on the road again. We made our way across northern Spain, southern France, and northern Italy in search of trails, pools, and fun sites. We weren’t able to find much of any of those, so we hopped on a ferry in Northern Italy to cut out some of the driving time on our way to Greece.

 

XTERRA GreeceGreece ended up being a far different experience than we had expected. The location was beautiful, the organization one of the best that I had ever seen, and the people amazing, but the town was close to non-existent. We spent the week living off of bread, cheese, and canned meat. With the lack of training over the last couple of months, my efforts in the race we’re less than impressive. I did what I could, but 9th pro was the best I could muster for the day. We had an amazing meal with Kahuna Dave after the race and stuffed ourselves silly on some traditional Greek food.

 

In efforts to better our training and hopefully alleviate some of the stress of being on the road in so many foreign countries, we’ve decided to skip XTERRA Switzerland and head straight to XTERRA France. Let the adventure continue!

 

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