Member Monday: Taylor Jessen

WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS? 

I started triathlons after receiving a big fat DNF during a hot, humid and miserable marathon. I knew there had to be more in life! Triathlon provides balance, along with mental, physical and emotional strength. It's the full package, with more gear, I love gear!

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?

Lea is the first triathlon coach I knew and started training with a few years back in the good ol' days of Urban Tri. Her modest, yet motivating and passionate approach to the sport of triathlon is inspiring. She always has a smile on her face. And who does not want to see a smile at 6am when you're cranking 100% on the computrainer. Anyone? Come to find out, Anna also has a smile on her face at 6am. It's contagious around there! Sassiness must also be contagious (in the lively and spirited way, of course). Ha!

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE? 

I love the community it fosters. Everyone shares the same 'crazy' mentality, passion and commitment. You feel at home; a place you don't have to explain yourself.

HOW HAS COSSFIT IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORTS PERFORMANCE? 

In 2013 I trained and raced my first Ironman. New to the distance, I was very new to the demanding training schedule. My base was all biking and running, little strength. A month before race day, which is also the most demanding, I started to develop overuse injuries. My body was losing muscle. It was an uncomfortable race so I decided to add CF into my next IM training plan. In 2014, I started CF twice a week December-June, race was in September. Results were INJURY FREE training and racing! I felt strong training all season and especially during the race. It made all the difference.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO?
It's always worth it. But let's be real. Some days you just don't have it and that's okay too!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT? 
There is something magical about early morning open water lake swims.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Wood Fire Pizza!

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? Sia, Unstoppable