The 2010 USAT Collegiate National Champion has stepped seamlessly into the professional ranks, already placing 3rd at New York City and Philadelphia, 4th in Chicago, and most recently winning the Bronze Medal (and 4th including foreigners) at USAT Elite National Championships. Furthermore, this All-American girl from Seattle, WA, is pursuing an combined MD MPH at the University of Virginia. Is there anything Nicole can’t do? We hear she does a pretty mean handstand too. Nicole Kelleher is one to watch for 2012…
|Hometown: Seattle, WA Currently residing in: Charlottesville, VA
Education: B.A. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College ‘04, MD/MPH University of Virginia School of Medicine ‘12
Athletic background: Summer league swimming in elementary through high school, 5 years of Division I Track and XC at Dartmouth College and Southern Methodist University, 1 year of Collegiate Cycling at the University of Virginia. Started training for triathlons more seriously in fall of 2009.
Triathlon career highlights: 2010 USAT Collegiate National Champion, 3rd Female Pro- 2010 NYC triathlon, 3rd Female Pro- 2010 Philadelphia triathlon, 2009 Nation’s Triathlon Overall winner
Season goals: Learn as much as I can racing my first year as a pro, “get experience”- whatever that means….
Favorite workout: Anything on the track!
What gets you out of bed in the morning? I hate the morning
What/who inspires you? Lance Armstrong, even possibly dirty Lance Armstrong, because he has taken his success and fame in sport and used it for something much greater than sport. His performances and name will fade with time but the Livestrong foundation will have lasting impacts. He sees the bigger picture of how sport can touch the world.
|What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? Have fun! The more relaxed and excited you are about the sport, the better the ride will be for you. Life is too short to take yourself or the sport too seriously
Why do you race triathlon? Triathlon provides a venue for expression of the human spirit. Everyone can compete in this sport, regardless of age or athletic ability. It forces people to ask themselves difficult questions and teaches people about the unknown within themselves. This may all sound like a ridiculous pontification but it is the honest answer to the question. Spectators standing at the finish line of an Ironman often have to hold back tears over what they are witnessing; why is that?
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? Discovering better swim technique- I have learned swimming is more about constant mental focus than physical strength
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? Having both great confidence and great humility
Shout out to: My husband Wes and all my awesome training buddies and friends in cville
Hobbies: writing, sleeping, eating, church, friends, family- not in that order