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USAT: Do you have any tips on staying injury-free?


BK: I visit a massage therapist every week, and I think that plays a big part in me maintaining my body and also just eating right. And if I can’t get in for a massage I usually roll [use a foam roller], or maybe some stretching, and doing a good warm-up and cool down.


 


USAT: What are your goals for this season?


BK: My goals are to try to qualify for the U23 world championships [part of the ITU Triathlon World Championships]. Another one would be to qualify for Hy-Vee, but that’s more of an afterthought right now. I’m doing a few different races to see if I can accumulate enough points for Hy-Vee, but that’d be bonus if I got to go there.


 


USAT: How do you go about balancing school and triathlon?


BK: My coach gives me my schedule a week or two in advance. I try to set up my schedule where I have some time in the morning and some time in the afternoon to fit in my workouts. Sometimes school takes precedence over training and sometimes training takes precedence over school. It’s finding the happy medium where you can put in hard, consistent training and still do well in school without killing yourself. If you don’t get enough rest or recovery then your workouts aren’t going to mean as much. And you have to make sacrifices, too. Maybe staying in on the weekends, or doing a bit of extra school work on a break instead of hanging out and playing video games with your roommates.


 


USAT: Do you have any training tips for age-groupers?


BK: I’d just say be consistent. Don’t jump in too quickly and just kind of build into it. The best way to see improvements is to just go out there and be able to train each day and do a little bit of everything instead of panic training and trying to put in a whole bunch of mileage and then injuring yourself. Then you have to stay put for a while and get better before you can start training again.


— Interview by Courtney Baird

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