E^3 : Kyle, first off, congratulations on a great season! You had some great podium finishes, set some new personal bests, and closed out the season by finishing your first full Ironman at IMAZ. Could you start by telling us a little bit about your background, family, and what you do for a living?
KL : I was born and raised in Modesto, CA where I was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. I'm a very competitive guy. My family consists of me and a lot of estrogen. My wife and I have been married over 10 years. We have twin girls that turn 7 in January and a 10 month old baby girl. I work at Adobe as a Manager of Inside Sales and Account Development. I've been there for almost 4 years.
E^3 : How do you think your season went and what have you been up to now that all the intense training has subsided for a bit?
KL : Overall, I think my season went great. I was very happy with what I was able to accomplish in the six months I was working with Nate. Getting onto the podium was a great feeling. Currently I'm spending a lot of time with my family, trying to catch up on some sleep, and plan for next year's race plan.
E^3 : How long have you been participating in triathlon, what is your favorite distance race, favorite event of the three, and why?
KL : I did two tri races for fun in 2013 and got hooked. I wasn't able to race in 2014 because of an injury, but had a decently full race schedule this year. I like to push and challenge myself to do things that I haven't been able to do before.
My favorite distance race is the Olympic. To me it's the perfect combination of speed and endurance. I don't know if it's my favorite discipline, but running is what I am best at. I'd ran several half and full marathons before I was introduced into tri and had done pretty well for myself.
E^3 : What made you decide to find a coach and why did you chose Nate Dressel and Endurance Cubed?
KL : I was thinking about getting a coach, and Robyn Moore posted about Nate and what he's been doing with his athletes. I read the article and reached out to Robyn for some specifics. She explained Nate's coaching style that was very conducive to the way I want to be coached/trained. I wanted to push myself and see how well I could do or how much progress I could make, and I knew I needed a coach to get me there. Biggest thing about coach Nate is that he is very much a "life" guy. He knows how life is with work and family, and understands how to make them all work.
E^3 : What has been the most difficult part about this past year of training and racing?
KL : Two things here; I'm new to tri, so I'm very inexperienced. Race days got better and I got more comfortable as the year went on. As for training, I didn't want it to interfere with family. I made it a goal to get all the workouts done in the morning so after work, I was able to go home and be dad.
E^3 : Do you have a favorite piece of training or racing gear that you can't live without and would recommend to other athletes?
KL : Easily the Wahoo Kickr. Gives lots of purpose to an indoor training ride. Training with power is definitely the way to train when you can't or don't want to go outside. Cycling is easily my worst sport in tri, and it has helped me tons.
E^3 : What are your goals for next season and into the long term?
KL : I'm going to focus on Oly and Half distances for 2016, mostly to get more race experience, and then prep for another Ironman in 2017. I really want to break 4:15 in a half, and with the progress I've seen this year with coach Nate, I think I can work my way up to it. I'm glad I finished the Ironman, but wasn't happy with my time. I know I can do better, so I'm going to continue to prep myself to get better and more experienced.
E^3 : Any advice for up and coming triathletes?
KL : One of my favorite quotes is, "Today I do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't." Have a strong work ethic and be very committed. Approach your training with a positive attitude and try to get better every day.
E^3 : Thanks for your time; it's an honor to workwith you on your journey and I can't wait to see where we go in the 2016 season! Any parting words for the readers?
KL : Work hard and have fun. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and accomplish things you never thought you could do.