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Kelly Williamson’s Five Tips For Half-Ironman Bike Speed

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Apr 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM UTC
Photo: Andrew Loehman


4. Get more long rides in.
“I have been doing a longer ride mid-week, which I hadn’t last year. I love to go hard, and if it’s up to me for a workout, I’ll go do max intervals on a hill. My husband, Derick (who coaches me), has kindly pointed out, ‘Kelly, being king of the mountain isn’t really going to help you riding in the TT position for 56 to 112 miles.’ I feel like something clicked between Kona and Ironman Arizona last year. I biked terribly in Kona, and I said to myself, ‘That is unacceptable. You are better than that.’ So going into Ironman Arizona, I rode a lot of fairly flat 50- to 70-mile rides and pushed harder. It showed as I biked 5:03 in Arizona which was great for me.”

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the associate editor for Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. She received her B.A. in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a multiple half-marathon finisher.

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