Austin, Texas-based professional Kelly Williamson was ecstatic after her first-place finish at the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston on Sunday. And it wasn’t just because of her win—she was excited about her bike ride. “To hold the lead through almost 28 miles on a very flat and pretty windy course was a huge step forward for me, especially with a few very strong women behind me,” said Williamson.
She sees the race as a small breakthrough in her 10-year career as a pro triathlete. “The thing about me is I’ve been at this for so long—I’ve been a pro since 2002,” she said after the race. “I’ve sucked really bad on the bike. Even two years ago, I was still pretty pathetic. I guess there’s just no better feeling than to see that years and years and years of hard work have finally come together.”
So what has she done to improve her bike in the half-Ironman? Here are her tips to improve your 70.3 bike speed:
1. Train with a power meter.
“Everyone says, ‘It’s just time on the bike,’ and I don’t really agree entirely with that. To get stronger, you need to ride harder. But, you need to ride harder with a focus. I am a huge fan of training with power, and SRM is my choice because I think it’s the most accurate, reliable power meter out there. You can’t hide when it comes to training with power; it holds you totally honest.”