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Denver, CO- Rudy Project, one of the most highly-recognized names in triathlon worldwide, is announcing an exciting collaboration with award-winning actress, Katherine Kelly Lang. Lang is best known for her role as Brooke Logan on the CBS Daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, but she is also making a name for herself as an emerging triathlete heading to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Rudy Project had the pleasure of chatting with Kelly about juggling her glamorous life with IRONMAN training, her favorite recovery foods, and her role with Women For Tri:
We heard you’re racing the IRONMAN World Championships the year, congratulations!
I still have a hard time believing that it’s actually going to happen, but it’s really exciting! I’m hoping I’ll have enough time to train to be ready for that day, and if not, I’ll get through it. It’ll be fun and challenging, and most importantly benefit IRONMAN Women For Tri. I’m on the Advisory Board that helps with the initiative to get more women involved in this amazing sport that we all love to do so much!
There are about 30% women involved in triathlon as opposed to men, so we want to up that number. Triathlon is great for confidence, stress levels, and overall wellbeing, so it’ll be good for the women’s movement!
Can you speak to what your objective is with Women For Tri and how it’s going?
This is the first year for Women For Tri, so we’ve really tried to come together and put together a great initiative. It’s about getting more women involved in triathlon. We’d like to get the numbers up to be more equal with the men. Our initiative is just to get more women involved and help the new people understand what it takes to get involved. Like how they can get new gear and not spend a fortune, or how to overcome a fear of open water. It’s getting information, helping women get over their fears, and deal with things like time and schedules because a lot of women have a hard time fitting in triathlon with their families. It’s really just helping in every single situation! We also have Giveaway Wednesdays, so we giveaway gear, especially to people who are really starting this sport. We send out cranks, wetsuits, helmets…really anything you can imagine.
We also have to raisemoney for the three spots we were offered for Kona. We’re raising $75,000-$100,000 for Women For Tri to get all of the grants to start women’s programs and give scholarships to young female athletes. It’s meant to make women feel less intimidated and make things easier to start developing their own triathlon careers. This is really exciting for us, and we’ve made leaps and bounds in our first year. We have a Facebook page and a Twitter handle that show all the women…everyday kinds of women! They may be mothers, business women, young, or old and it’s all about how we come together and really help each other and support one another. Everybody has their own goals, so it’s really just about supporting everybody through their own mission and their own goals.
How are you fundraising?
I’m doing a bus tour, where my character went on film location, around Los Angeles. There are 40 seats on the bus, and we’re taking those who sign up on an all day tour with breakfast, lunch, surprise guests, and a backstage tour on the show’s set. All the proceeds will go to Women For Tri. I’m trying to raise money using my character and the show, and also some of my sponsors are helping which is really wonderful. We all have a different way of fundraising and we’re just being creative, but we’ve committed to raise that money so that will definitely be there by the time Kona hits. Individuals can also donate by going to the Women For Tri Crowdrise page.
I started doing triathlons a few years ago, at the Malibu Tri, and I really fell in love with it. I did well there in the celebrity division, so I did a couple more sprints where I placed first and third. Then I thought, “Well, I could do this!” and started to up my mileage. Pretty soon I was doing IRONMAN 70.3’s and really enjoying it. I did the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon last year, as well as IRONMAN Oceanside 70.3 and Pescara 70.3. Of course I love a challenge, I love athletics, and I love to be physical so I knew I wanted to do a full IRONMAN. This opportunity came up to have a spot in Kona with Women For Tri. It just all kind of fell together…it definitely wasn’t something I was planning to do this year, but it all kind of worked out and it’s happening, so I’m trying to get ready for it! I’m really excited about it.
This will be your first full-distance IRONMAN, right? So why not do it at the biggest triathlon in the entire world!
I always wanted to do a full-distance, but I never imagined that this would be my first. I hear that it’s pretty tough, but it’s also very exciting. Everybody says the energy of the event carries you through, so it’s a great way to get awareness out for things that I’m doing besides Women For Tri. I’m also an ambassador for Breakaway From Cancer, so I’ll be raising awareness for that wonderful charity. It’s a great opportunity, but I’m nervous! I just want to make sure I’m prepared and ready and taking care of myself properly so I don’t get injured.
You must be busy! Right now you shoot three weeks on, one week off, so how are you managing your time withfull-distance training?
Well on weekends I do long bike rides. We do 80 to 100 miles, like I just did a 120 mile ride last weekend, so I just try to up my mileage on weekends. I’ve upped my swims to two miles, but the only thing I’m kind of lagging on is my run. So, in between work and travel, it’s hard with all the time changes. I have to just keep going and maintain a schedule to fit it all in, and also get my rest time. It’s a challenge, but I’ve already been training a lot this year
When triathletes increase their distance, they really have to look at food as fuel. How has this affected you?
I’m a little more aware of what I’m feeding myself and what I’m fueling my body with…everything counts! Whatever I eat, it needs to make a difference. I definitely make sure I get enough protein, and have those recovery drinks a half an hour after a big workout, which really really helps! Ialso focus on what I eat and how I do it during competition, so it’s a little trial and error. I think I have it down pretty good, but it’s harder doing those longer distances because you can’t help but have a little bit of an upset stomach. I’m figuring it out!
What’s your favorite post workout meal?
I love Optygen, they have products that really help with my endurance. I take their pills every day; it helps with blood flow and getting that oxygen in your lungs. They also have a recovery drink, but I like to switch around. I do some healthy things from Whole Foods, whey protein, Herbalife, and HEED for hydration. I do love salty potato chips too!
Do you ever just break down and think you have to have something like an In-N-Out Burger?
I definitely crave a cheeseburger! Yes, that happens often. Especially when I’m training really hard, but I really try to eat salmon, chicken, vegetables, salads, yams, and fruits. I try to keep it as natural as possible and healthy. I was raised to eat that way so it’s not that hard for me, and I really do like healthy food. But every once in a while, I definitely like a good hamburger and French fries and potato chips.
What are you going to do when you cross the line in Kona?
Probably scream and yell and cry and hug whoever’s there, like my family and friends. Definitely sit down or fall down!
It’s going to be so exciting! I have no idea what it’s going to be like. I have heard about it, but I can’t even imagine. I’m really grateful to have this opportunity; it doesn’t come around that often. I’m also really grateful to bring awareness these great causes like Women For Tri and Breakaway From Cancer. So, I’m really excited about it and happy to be working with IRONMAN. We have a great group of girls on the Women For Tri Advisory Board, so there will be three of us there racing. I just can’t wait!
How do you like your Rudy Project equipment?
I love it! I have prescription glasses, and Rudy Project works really well for that. They fit me really well, and stay on my face and don’t fall down my nose even when I’m wearing a helmet. So of course I have all the regular cycling helmets, and I love all the colors. The brighter the better! I have the bright orange and pink, which I wear all the time, and of course my aero helmet. I actually wore a pair of the casuals on The Bold and the Beautiful. I love it, Rudy Project is awesome!
If a billionaire came up to you and said they’d completely fund any major idea or movement you want, what would you do?
I’ve been working with Breakaway From Cancer for a few years, and they’re involved in pretty much everything I do. My father passed away from cancer when I was 13, and many of my family members, so it’s always been something that runs in the family that I’ve been curious about and wanting to help in some way. I was lucky enough to meet the Breakaway From Cancer people, and it was just the perfect fit to be able to work with them. They’re such a well-rounded organization and great for anybody that going through any type of cancer. No one should have to fight cancer alone.
What is your favorite song to train to?
I love Leonard Skinner. I love Stairway to Heaven, even though that may seem like a slower song it really gets me going! I love Fleetwood Mac too!
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Traffic! Or rude people.
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