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CONFIDENCE WHEN IT COUNTS
INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSIONAL IRONMAN TRIATHLETE KELLY FILLNOW
ABOUT KELLY / KELLY’S BIO:
I spent my childhood going from morning gymnastics meets, to afternoon soccer practices, and then to softball games under the lights. During high school, I trained at Van der Meer tennis academy in Hilton Head Island with my twin sister and older brother.
I received a scholarship to Davidson College and played number one singles and number one doubles with my twin for four straight years. While in college, I discovered a love for running and joined the cross country team. I led Davidson College to their first-ever Southern Conference title and finished my career as a 10 time All-Conference Honoree in tennis and cross country while graduating cum laude. After graduating, I had the opportunity to compete for Duke University, then ranked #1 in the nation. I finished All-Region in cross country while the Blue Devils went on to win ACC’s, Regionals, and placed third at NCAA’s.
A few years after college, I stumbled into triathlon and finished 3rd in my first triathlon, despite not knowing how to swim. I won my first half ironman and then qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in my first Ironman in 10:16. I went on to podium at my first two Hawaii Ironman appearances, became a Duathlon Age Group World Champion, a Duathlon National Age Group Champion, and set the American amateur Ironman record in my third Ironman in 9:29:49. I decided to turn professional after numerous amateur titles to challenge myself against the best in the world. I am so grateful for my supporters and sponsors as I chase after my dreams. Thank you for taking part in my journey to be the best that I can be.
KELLY’S FAVORITE THINGS:
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking without recipes, reading, hanging out with my nieces, fro yo dates with friends
A place to train: Davidson College cross country trails, Mount Baldy, Mt Lemmon (as long as I get a cookie)
Race Distance: Ironman
Workout: Fartleks on Trails followed by TRX workout
Food: Salmon, Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, Dried Mango, Homemade Bread, Smoothies
Post Race Food: Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, Ice cream
Books: Unbroken, Tipping Point, Count of Monte Cristo, Bible
Verse: Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
QUOTE FROM THE CONVERSATION:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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