The Road To Nationals with Kelsey Noll

UNC PHD Triathlete who is fastest in black and neon

  • Hometown:  Atlantic Highlands, NJ
  • Sport / Competition: Triathlon
  • Instagram/kenoll
  • RM:  How many years have you been competing?
    3 years in triathlon, some other years in field hockey and snowboarding.
  • RM:  What have been some of the craziest things you have witnessed while training, competing or traveling?
    The other week while out on a run, I actually saw a man riding an ElliptiGO.
  • RM:  What fuels your competitiveness? What color do you feel the fastest in?
    Everyone knows that the brighter your clothes, the faster you run. At the same time, black is sleek and feels fast. Thus, the combination of neon on black is the real winner.
  • RM:  How has your approach changed from the beginning of the season to the end to make you a better at each stage as you head to nationals?
    My approach is always just to do whatever my coach tells me do to. Sure, there's periodization and training blocks and all that incorporating into my training plan, but it's not something I have to consciously make decisions about.
  • RM:  What is your goal as you head to nationals? First out of the water? Top 10? Best split?
    I'd like to go sub-2:30.
  • RM:  How are you feeling? Did you have any injuries you had to over come? Are you peaking at the right time?
    I'm feeling alright. Last year I put a lot of pressure on myself about peaking for this race and going all in.  This year I'm a little more relaxed about it. I've got a half iron in June that I'm really focusing on, so I'm not putting all my cards into this race.



  • RM:  What is your long view? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Still competing? Working professionals?
    I'm a PhD student, which means in a few years I still won't have graduated and still will be racing collegiate.
  • RM:  When you think about Nationals... what gets you the most excited? The most anxious? Instills the most concern?
    I love the atmosphere at Nationals - there's no race like it.  It's such a change to be completely surrounded by other people all with the same athletic passion also working to balance the same things (i.e. school) that you are.  Also, everyone is really, really good-looking.
  • RM:  What equipment changes have you made through the year and most importantly as you head to Nationals?
    I put some neon bar tape on my black bike, which will obviously make me faster. Other than that, I recently got a power meter that I'm stoked about, though I haven't had it long enough to say the training with it will really affect my performance at Nationals.
  • RM:  Training secrets? Care to share? Favorite quote?
    My personal weapons are:
    1. an alarm clock with a light that brightens over time to get me out of bed in the morning
    2. medjool dates
    3. a good playlist
    4. my coach and my tea
  • RM:  What do you geek out on besides Triathlon?
    Virology and genetics, specifically host genetic factors that modulate influenza pathogenesis.
  • RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?
    I'd love to see the swim equivalent of an obstacle course race.
  • Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to?
    Peanut Butter Jelly - Galantis
    My Body - Young the Giant
    You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring
    Little Bitch - Big D & The Kid's Table
    Timber - Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
    Delirious - Steve Aoki
    Get Ready for This - 2 Unlimited
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